Your car won’t start and you must be present at a very important meeting! Don’t panic, you don’t need to be an exceptional mechanic to act successfully. By following the tips in this article step by step you will quickly get rid of the problem and restart your Mini Cooper.
First, we will try to determine the reasons that might prevent your car from starting.
It is also possible that your car crancks but won’t start.
Reasons that prevent your Mini Cooper from starting
The battery may not have supported leaving your headlights on all night, or the vehicle key may have been forgotten on the ignition.
To make certain that it comes from the battery, and not from other causes, first examine the lighting of your headlights. Indeed, a low intensity or no lighting would be a bad sign for your battery.
Let’s see the different causes of failure
Battery pack of your Mini Cooper
In most cases, for a Mini Cooper that does not start, the battery is implicated because it provides the starter the energy required to start the engine.
Check if there are any lights on your dashboard. Refer to the light on to point the failure.
If when turning the key you can feel jolts, this is a sign of a low battery, and so it needs to be recharged.
A little trick that could help you a lot is to keep jumper cables in your Mini Cooper, you will save yourself a towing.
If someone you know has the cables themselves, they can recharge your battery enough for you to restart the engine and the battery to recharge itself. Wait for a moment before leaving even if your car is on, you don’t need to stall at the first traffic light and have to perform the operation.
Let’s move on. Let’s imagine that your battery is recharged, but sadly your Mini Cooper still doesn’t start. First, it is necessary to know that humidity and temperature changes produce oxidation that can deposit on the battery terminals, clogging it and preventing it from working.
When in good working order, the terminals are a metallic grey. If they have changed colour, it is necessary to clean them. It is possible to do this with a wire brush or sandpaper. Make use of a small amount of thick grease before rubbing.
Starter of your Mini Cooper
Now you have followed our advice so far but your Mini Cooper still doesn’t react. It is now time to concentrate on the starter, the small electric motor that starts the car’s engine.
You should know that to keep it in perfect working order, a few simple and quick steps are required. You can give a few small jolts on the sharp part of the starter, which will release the coals and facilitate their passage.
It should also be mentioned that this part does not have a specific lifetime, everything will rely upon its use and as a result on the maintenance of your Mini Cooper. When it no longer works well, it is often caused by a bad electrical contact, itself often caused by high summer heat. This lowers the conductivity of metals. If the weather is not hot, it is not responsible
Another technique to try to launch your car is to put your Mini Cooper on a slope and by playing the clutch pedal, the engine will eventually start. This will work if your battery is dead and it has not been used to start the starter. In this solution, this trick avoids solliciting it.
Alternator of your Mini Cooper
If, however, after driving, your battery has not recharged, (so you still cannot restart your engine with the contact even after driving) two options, either your battery is dead, or it’s the alternator. Its role is to recharge it while driving. This means that your battery may be in good condition, but it has simply not been recharged by the defective alternator.
If despite all this you are incapable to identify the failure, it is still recommended to see a professional who can make a diagnosis to be more reliable. Keep in mind everything that has been mentioned in order to provide him with information that could help him/her to repair your Mini Cooper.
Whenever you have any further questions about the Mini Cooper, do not hesitate to consult our Mini Cooper category.