Taking care of the engine on your MINI car is one of the most important aspects of ownership. Put simply, take care of your engine and your vehicle has a much better chance of lasting for the long haul. Not only does this include bringing your car in for service when something is wrong, but it also includes preventative MINI service that will prevent issues from occurring in the future. Here is a handy guide to MINI engine service, presented by the professional mechanics at MINI of Peabody.

Engine Maintenance and Operation

As the part that makes your MINI car go, the engine is critically important. Engines are complicated, but a simple way of explaining how they work is that the fuel mixes with air and then is inducted into the cylinder during the intake process. After the engine’s piston compresses this fuel-air mixture, the spark ignites it, causing combustion. The expansion of the gases then pushes the piston.

If something goes wrong during this process, it is time for engine maintenance. Common engine problems include:

  • Engine knocking: Unusual knocking noises can indicate that an engine is low on oil.
  • Engine stalls: A stalled engine can indicate a problem with a fuel pump, sensor, or the electrical system.

One of the most common ways that MA drivers know that something is wrong with their engine is an illuminated check engine light. When this light is on, it is time to visit our MINI service center. Possible causes of a check engine light being turned on include:

  • Failing oxygen sensor
  • A loose gas cap
  • Bad spark plug wires
  • Engine vacuum leak
  • EGR valve problems

For top-notch MINI service and authentic OEM MINI parts, trust the experts at MINI of Peabody.