Is your Mini Cooper giving you trouble?
Get your Mini Cooper fixed from the professionals at North Bay Bavarian.
Mini Coopers, just like other cars, are known to have their own sets of annoying problems. Some of the problems can turn out to be really heavy on the pocket if not diagnosed and fixed early on. Trying to fix the issues yourself by researching your car’s symptoms online could lead to the problem getting out of hand. Instead, taking the MINI to an expert auto repair shop would be a wiser decision. Look for a technician with a good understanding of what is causing the problem along with the right skills and knowledge of fixing it.
How exactly are issues in a Mini Cooper diagnosed? Keep reading.
What Tools Do You Need?
To diagnose a problem, you need an OBD2 scanner. This is basically an electronic tool that connects to the onboard computer in your car and downloads important information from it which is required to diagnose what the problem is.
All production cars in the US after 1996 are required to have a Diagnostic Link Connector (DLC). It is a 16-pin connector that is usually located on the left side of the driver’s dashboard, near the steering column. A door or flap often covers the connector. When in doubt, the owner’s manual will indicate the exact location of the DLC in your vehicle.
How Does an OBD2 Scanner Work
Mini Coopers are equipped with onboard computers that store important information about the car such as after how many miles does the engine oil need to be changed, or the condition of brake shoes. The OBD2 scanner downloads this information from the computer and allows you to see it. The scanners are very compact in size and can easily fit into your hands.
For example if your Mini Cooper shows a symbol of a car on a lift, the OBD2 scanner will be able to interpret what this means. In this case it either means that your brake pads need changing or you have a faulty sensor. Many experienced mechanics can diagnose a car without this instrument but it is better to have them.
How to Use an OBD2 Scanner
- Connect the scanner to the car. It can be done via Bluetooth or using a connector although the latter is an outdated way.
- Turn the ignition only to power up the gage cluster, you don’t need to turn on the engine.
- Some OBD2 scanners ask for a VIN number which stands for vehicle identification number.
- The scanner will display codes that will be needed to be interpreted. It is for this reason that diagnostics of your car should be done by professionals.
- Once you understand the problem, you can start fixing it.
Contact North Bay Bavarian Today!
Although the steps to diagnosing problems in a Mini Cooper seem very easy, there are many complications that could be encountered such as the scanner not connecting to your Mini. Problems can also be diagnosed through Minis’ own onboard computers. Even if you diagnose the issue, you’ll need a technician to repair it. If you’re having problems with your Mini, visit North Bay Bavarian. With over 30 years of experience, we know exactly how to diagnose problems and fix your car.