In order to keep your Mini performing properly, you need to make sure you keep all the essential parts and systems very well-maintained. In the case of the transmission system, this is particularly important for Mini drivers and even more important if you drive a Mini Cooper, as it is known that transmission issues are common in this model.
Transmission issues tend to occur in Minis when the driver displays bad driving habits and also when the car reaches high mileage. While this issue tends to be more common in manual transmissions, it is important to note that automatic transmissions are not immune and require ongoing maintenance to prevent damage.
It can be frustrating to deal with automatic transmission failure, as it can leave you without your Mini while the issue is fixed, not to mention saddled with a hefty bill to pay. This is why you should be vigilant and make sure you know the early signs of transmission failure. This will prompt you to respond to issues while they’re still in their infancy, allowing for swift and cheaper repairs. Let’s take a look at how you can tell when it’s time to bring your Mini into the shop for a transmission tuneup.
The Most Susceptible MINI Models
Some of the Mini models which suffer most with transmission issues include:
- 2002 Cooper – 02V201000
- 2014-2015 Cooper / Cooper S – 14V789000
- 2014 Mini Cooper A/T – TSB SI M12 07 14
- 2008 Cooper / Cooper S – TSB SI M25 02 14
It has also been noted that some second-generation Minis, as well as some models of Mini Countryman, can also develop transmission problems prematurely.
Common Signs of Transmission Failure
The following signs tend to indicate a problem with your Mini’s automatic transmission. However, every car is unique, so if anything feels out of place with your Mini when it changes gears or how it performs overall, it’s best to call into your local auto shop.
Transmission Fluid Levels Low/Leaks
Transmission fluid is needed to lubricate the transmission system and needs to be kept topped up to keep the transmission system working correctly. Any leaks will reduce the effectiveness of the transmission fluid and the protection that it offers your transmission system. Transmission fluid is usually dark red or pink and will have a slightly sweet smell. If you have a transmission leak you’ll likely notice the droplets sit under the front-to-middle part of your Mini.
Aside from your engine, the hottest part of your Mini is the transmission. Gear changes require a lot of energy, and excessive energy means heat. When the transmission is failing, it can start to run at higher temperatures. This can have a negative effect on your engine, causing it to overheat too. Overheating engines are at risk of severe and expensive damage which could make your Mini a write off. So make sure you catch transmission issues early.
Illumination of Check-Engine Light
The check engine light is designed to protect your engine from severe damage, such as the scenario listed above. It alerts the driver that there is a fault with the engine or one of its detected systems that needs to be addressed. While this doesn’t always mean that the transmission is to blame, you won’t know more about the nature of the situation until the fault codes produced by the onboard computer are read by a technician via the use of diagnostic tools. Put simply, don’t run the risk.
Issues Shifting Gears
As the transmission is needed to shift gears properly, when it begins to fail, you will notice that gear changes may become tricky. You may find your RPMs fluctuate wildly or that your Mini hesitates when accelerating or before a gear change.
Shaking during Acceleration/Deceleration
Transmission failure affects how your Mini feels to drive, especially when you speed up or slow down. You may notice when you accelerate that your Mini jerks forward or can even start to shake. This indicates a more serious form of transmission failure.
Auto Assets will Repair your Automatic Transmission Failures
Auto Assets performs transmission repairs and maintenance on your Mini with the latest technology utilized by our expert technicians. If you’re concerned about a particular component, such as your transmission, we’ll thoroughly explore the problem and create the perfect solution for you within your budget. We proudly service the communities of Columbus, Dublin, New Albany, Worthington, and Powell, OH. We look forward to becoming your trusted shop for years to come.
* Mini Cooper Car image credit goes to: bruev.