Reasons Behind Automatic Transmission Failure in Minis

The Mini Cooper provides superior performance and cutting-edge handling, maneuverability and steering. It’s important to follow your maintenance plan so that you can continue to enjoy your ride with no problems.

Just like all vehicles, they are not without their faults. Older Minis were notorious for automatic transmission issues. Several years ago, a class action lawsuit was filed against BMW, who is the parent company of Mini. They were forced to replace or repair the bad transmissions, but this warranty expired in 2014.

Known Mini Cooper Transmission Problems

  • The Belt Breaking
  • Interior Seals Going bad
  • Pulse-Width Modulated Solenoid Failure

Just like any component in your vehicle, your transmission needs to be maintained and properly cared for. Minis are known to experience problems with their transmissions when it has high mileage, gets old, or because of the driver’s driving habits. Most people are under the impression that automatic transmissions don’t have the same issues as manual transmissions, but this is not the case. Automatic transmissions still shift gears just like manual transmissions do, meaning wear and tear is a thing you’ll need to contend with.

Transmission Failure Symptoms

Having your transmission fail in your Mini can be very aggravating and can be expensive to fix. Keeping an eye out for possible signs of transmission failure can help you save money and time by allowing you the opportunity to get it fixed before you have complete failure.

Here are some of the symptoms that you should watch out for. If you see any of these symptoms bring your car into Green Garage European Auto Centre so we can diagnose your issue immediately.

Leaking or Low Transmission Fluid

A transmission fluid leak is a major sign that you have an issue. If your transmission is working correctly, it will not leak fluid. Transmission fluid is usually a deep red color and the leak will be located near the front end of your vehicle. The fluid needs to be clean and full and is necessary for your transmission to stay properly lubricated.

Difficulty Shifting Gears

One of the most common signs of transmission failure is having trouble shifting gears. Your car may hesitate when shifting or jerk when it does so.

Vibration or Shaking

If you feel a vibration or an intense shaking when you accelerate, this is a symptom of transmission failure. Do not overlook this serious issue. Your transmission has a large impact on the way your car feels, and it needs to shift smoothly.

The Engine is Overheating

If your transmission is failing, this can cause added stress on the engine. This can, in turn, lead to overheating. Do not drive your vehicle if it is overheating. Doing so can lead to damage to the engine and other essential parts, causing them to fail.

The Check Engine Light is On

When your check engine light comes on, this can be quite concerning. Make sure that you have our highly skilled mechanics run a diagnostic check to identify the problem.

Keeping Up on Regular Maintenance

Taking care of your Mini requires vast knowledge and skill. It is crucial that proper maintenance is performed on your Mini. Allowing our mechanics to service your vehicle gives them the opportunity to check out your vehicle and find any issues that may cause problems in the future. We are equipped with the latest diagnostic tools and equipment which allows us to provide you with quality service. This is why so many drivers choose us for their European auto repair and service needs.

Give Us A Call

Our specialists will provide you with outstanding service for your MINI. We even offer a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty on all of our repairs. We want you to feel confident in knowing that you will not be bringing your car back in repeatedly for the same issue. If you have any questions about any services we offer, please feel free to ask.

If you’re in need of repair on your Mini Cooper and are in the Winter Park or Orlando, FL area give us a call. There is no need for you to pay the high service fees that a dealership will charge you. Here at Green Garage European Auto Center, you can count on us to treat you right. You can reach us on 407-464-7336, or come see us at 1931 West Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789.