While Minis are highly revered for their durability, they are still susceptible to system malfunctions every now and then. Arguably, issues with the variable valve timing are the most common system malfunction that Mini drivers have to deal with.
When the functionality of this key component is compromised, it has the potential to inflict a lot of damage on the Mini. Problems with the variable valve timing could even impair the car’s driveability. In this article, we will go over how to handle variable valve timing problems so that you will know how to keep you Mini Cooper in excellent shape.
What is variable valve timing?
Variable valve timing is a relatively new feature that now occurs in internal combustion engines. This process alters the timing of valve-lifting events, which is done to improve your Mini’s performance, fuel economy, and emissions.
When the variable valve timing is working properly, it ensures that no fuel is wasted and your Mini is operating at its top capacity. However, if the process stops functioning correctly, and if it is not repaired in the right manner, it can lead to engine damage.
Warning Signs of VVT Failure
Fortunately, there are several warning signs that will prevent any malfunctioning on behalf of the variable valve timing from doing extensive damage to your Mini. Also, scheduling routine service appointments for your Mini will allow you to alleviate variable valve timing issues, as well as subsequent future problems. The following signs are generally blatant indicators of variable valve timing issues:
Active Check Engine Light
Since the variable valve timing conducts a crucial part of your Mini’s performance, you may notice almost immediately if there has been a change in how it is working. Before any other signs appear, the check engine light might come on.
Many drivers are inclined to panic when the check engine light comes on, but the problem may not have reached the engine yet. Once the check engine light turns on, it is possible that the variable valve timing has become worn or damaged. Ask your preferred mechanic to check it at your next appointment.
Frequent Engine Idling
The check engine light may also come on during variable valve timing problems due to direct complications with your gears. The engine could start to idle and fluctuate if that is the case. If your Mini’s engine begins to idle often or have odd fluctuations, have your mechanic check the variable valve timing.
Dirty Oil in the Engine
Sometimes, when the variable valve timing begins to have issues, it has to do with tainted oil in the engine. Variable valve timing works directly with engine oil, and debris or other pollutants can inhibit the process. In order to minimize the likelihood of dirty oil interfering with the variable valve timing, make sure that your Mini’s oil is being changed routinely.
Decrease in Gas Mileage
As the variable valve timing works to preserve gas in your Mini, damage to it will affect the way your Mini handles fuel. If you detect a dramatic decrease in how your Mini carries fuel, have a specialist check the variable valve timing sensor. They may need to replace the entire system if the sensor is damaged.
How Auto Assets Can Help
Our mechanics at Auto Assets are all Automated Service Excellence (ASE) certified. We have three decades of experience providing quality service to Mini’s with the latest factory-grade equipment.
We work with our clients to craft a customized maintenance plan. We are so dedicated to producing quality service that clients come from communities near Columbus, Dublin, New Albany, Worthington, and Powell, OH to rely on our expertise and customer support.
At Auto Assets, we recognize the importance of keeping your Mini in top shape. We will work with you to devise the most optimal routine service appointment schedule for maintaining your Mini’s drivability. Please call us at your earliest convenience if you are interested in scheduling maintenance or learning more about our qualifications. We look forward to earning your business.
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