Why is my Mini Cooper Idling So Rough?


If you’re looking for a vehicle that is compact and fun to drive, Mini Coopers are pretty hard to beat. These vehicles are small, but pack a powerful engine. They can speed fast and make turns like they’re driving on rails. While they do use premium gas, these small vehicles offer decent fuel economy that shouldn’t hurt your wallet too bad. Despite these great perks, the Mini Cooper can develop problems. If you pull up to a stop sign and notice that your vehicle is struggling and idling rough, it may seem like a minor inconvenience, but there may be a major problem. Rough idling can be caused by a variety of issues, below we highlight three common reasons. 

Dirty Fuel Filter
Fuel injectors disperse a specific amount of fuel into your vehicle’s cylinders and engine at a precise angle. If the fuel injectors can become dirty over time, this will prevent them from injecting an adequate amount of fuel from reaching the engine. In addition to rough idling, you’ll also notice your Mini Cooper getting a major decrease in gas mileage. 

Spark Plug Problems
Your ignition coils send an electrical current to the spark plugs to ignite your Mini Cooper’s air/fuel mixture within the combustion chamber. If the spark plug is damaged or incorrectly installed, fuel will be burned at an inconsistent rate. In severe cases, damaged spark plugs will cause a jerk drive when accelerating and idling when stops.

Incorrect Idle Speed
The idle speed setting may need to be reset. If your ride is jerky, it’s best to bring your vehicle into a professional technician for an inspection. The idle speed setting is easy to fix, a trusted mechanic can be readjusted. However, if the idle speed is inconsistent and changes randomly, there may be a larger problem at hand that needs to be checked.

Mini Cooper maintenance and servicing in Hollywood, FL.

If your drive is rough and you suspect one of the above problems, bring your vehicle into German Car Depot. Our ASE Certified Technicians are Mini Cooper experts with specific training in repair and diagnostics. We are an authorized Bosch Car Service Center with over 55 years of combined experience. Click here to schedule an appointment for a full comprehensive inspection and diagnosis for your European vehicle. 

If you’re a first-time customer, we are offering $15 off any service or repair. We offer a full range of automotive services from oil changes to fluid flushes and engine repair. For an added peace of mind, we offer a 15 month/15k mile warranty on selected parts and labor.

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