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Mini Exhaust System Repair Services

Mini Exhaust System

Let’s take you through the Mini exhaust system!!

If your idea of the perfect car is a small, quick and fun automobile, then a Mini would be ideal for you. As an added advantage, since BMW took over the brand in 2000, Mini Cars are manufactured to the same standards as other cars under the BMW umbrella. So whether you own a Mini Cooper, a Mini convertible or any other model of the Mini, you can be assured you are getting the best of automobiles, in a compact package.

We all know it is important to get your engine regularly serviced, however, an often overlooked yet crucial component of this vehicle that equally deserves regular maintenance and servicing is the Mini exhaust system.

The Mini Exhaust System

Though a large part of the system is concealed, the exhaust system begins behind the engine and runs the length of the car through to the external tailpipe. The exhaust system is made up of various components. Including the muffler which helps to minimize the noise created by the engine. The exhaust manifolds, responsible for channeling emissions from the engine to the converter. The catalytic converter, which treats the harmful gases such that the final by-products are substantially less toxic and then the tailpipe, the external component through which the gases are released into the environment. These components are all designed to maximize the efficiency of the exhaust system and by extension, your vehicle.

Signs and Symptoms of a faulty Exhaust System

A malfunctioning exhaust system can reduce the performance of your vehicle, a decrease in operating efficiency which is bound to give off indicators of faults in the system. If you have a fault in your exhaust system, you may notice a decrease in fuel economy alongside an illuminated check engine light, a warning sign of engine trouble. Damaged mufflers will be unable to cancel out the noise from the engine, thus you may experience noisier than usual drives. Sometimes, you may hear rattling noises from the engine, due to broken or failed hangars.

A failing exhaust system may leak toxic emissions into the vehicle. If you smell exhaust fumes inside the car, roll down your windows and get to the nearest auto repair shop. Exhaust gases, especially carbon monoxide are poisonous and the longer you drive with a leak, the more dangerous it gets for you and your family. European Service Center offers 24/7 Towing services!

Fixing A Damaged Mini Exhaust System

A faulty exhaust system is a safety hazard to the driver, other drivers on the road and to the environment at large. In fixing a damaged exhaust system, we will carry out an inspection of the system to determine the faulty component behind the malfunction. The damaged component – catalytic converter, muffler, resonator, exhaust manifold, oxygen sensors etc., will be replaced to enhance the efficiency of the exhaust system.

Do not wait for your car to display signs of failure before you consider servicing it. Not only is it inconveniencing, it is less economical than preventive maintenance. Regular scheduled maintenance and servicing of your Mini’s exhaust system will save you a lot of frustrations down the road.

Mini Cooper Transmission Diagnostics and Repairs

Mini Cooper

The Mini, just like the name suggests is a sporty and compact automobile. The most popular model of the Mini brand is perhaps the Mini Cooper, well known across the automotive industry. However, this model has one major flaw; the computer controlled automatic Mini Cooper transmission, one of the most frequently reported problems among Mini owners.

The automatic transmission

The transmission is a mechanical component of the powertrain responsible for transmitting energy from the engine to the car wheels. The transmission is essentially the gearbox of your Mini. The car uses an automatic transmission which automatically changes gears without the driver’s input. This type of transmission uses no clutch pedal or gear shift as seen in their manual counterpart. The automatic transmission is made up of the hydraulic system, the computer control system, torque converter and gear sets. Albeit a bit more complex in its operation than other systems, the transmission is an integral part of your Mini Cooper’s drivetrain.

Common symptoms of a failing transmission

Signs of a failing transmission can range from comparatively subtle signs like an illuminated Check Engine Light and transmission lights to more serious signs like the abnormal and erratic bumping of the vehicle, delayed and difficult shifting of gears etc. Leaking transmission fluid is also a warning sign of a damage in the system which enables the fluid to leak out of its containment. These signs are often a result of damages within the system such as wear and tear of the mechanical components propelled by friction and excessive use. Left unresolved, transmission problems could progress into much more serious issues affecting the engine and other systems of your Mini Cooper.

Fixing a failing transmission

Before we begin repair services on your transmission, we will test drive your car and carry out some diagnostic tests to rule out problems with other components of the drivetrain or the engine. Because the Mini Cooper model has a transmission with a flawed engineering design, in our repair services, we often rebuild the entire transmission to an improved standard or replace the damaged components with re-manufactured parts. The automatic transmission comes within an upgradeable software program. If needed we will upgrade the software before proceeding with repairs.

Keeping your Mini Cooper on a routine preventative maintenance schedule is one way of maintaining your transmission. Regular servicing often involves inspection, draining and topping off the transmission fluid. The draining helps to flush the system and while it may not resolve already existing problems, it will help ensure you Mini Cooper remains reliable and safe for use.

Brake Repair Services

Brake Repair

The use for brakes naturally arose when humans began traveling using transportation techniques other than their legs. Whether it is by land, air or sea, the need for brakes mitigates the risk of accidents which cause injuries and even death. With the popular rise of the automobile in the United States, accidents became a daily occurrence. However, two things occurred which increased fatalities: 1.) High-speed highways became the norm, and 2.) Vehicles became cheaper but more powerful.
Since fatalities from car accidents were on the rise, society realized that safety standards need to be developed and enforced to protect consumers. So, by 1970, the National Highway Traffic Administration was formed to combat the rise in fatalities and instill a culture of “safety first” in automobile design.
Recently, the NHTA is now adding the need for an Automatic Emergency Braking feature to qualify for a 5-star rating. So, having a well-designed braking system is a big part of an overall process of avoiding injury from car accidents. But how do car brakes work?

How Brakes Work

Understanding how brakes work will help you look out or any irregularities in your braking system, therefore increasing safety on the road for everyone. The braking systems of today use multiple sensors and electronics to stop a car as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, the primary braking system is still used.
When you press the braking pedal, that pressure moves a piston in the master cylinder, forcing braking fluid to enter the brake lines to the calipers and wheel cylinders. The force applied to the brake pedal is therefore proportional to the force applied to the pistons.
The calipers in disk brakes and wheel cylinders in drum brakes are connected to disk pads and braking shoes respectively. The pistons push the disk pads or braking shoes onto the rotor or wall, causing friction and resulting in the decreased rotation of the wheel.

Components of the Braking System

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Braking systems include either disk brakes or drum brakes. Disk Brakes are comprised of a disc/rotor, calipers, disk pads and hardware necessary to mount the components to the car. The caliper is connected to the hoses and wires that send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.
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Drum brakes are comprised of a drum/braking plate, brake shoes, a wheel cylinder, and hardware to mount the components. The wheel cylinder is connected to the hoses and wires send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.

Braking Fluid

Water used to be used as a braking fluid in the past. However, the braking process causes temperatures to rise past the boiling point of water. This causes water to vapor resulting in brake failure.
Braking fluid is a hydraulic fluid with a high boiling point. Hydraulic fluids are used to transfer power, in this case, from the pedal to the calipers and cylinders while surviving high temperatures caused by braking. Braking fluid also protects against corrosion of systems it comes in contact with.

When to Schedule your Car for Brake Services

This is what to look for to bring your car in for brake services:
  • Noise or grinding coming from the brakes
  • Brake pedal feels spongy or soft when pressed
  • Car veers a certain way when the brakes are pressed
  • Brake fluid level in the master cylinder is low
  • Brake system Warning Lamp is on

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Brake Services by European Service Center

Alpharetta Motor Sports has 35 years of experience in maintaining vehicles. Our ASE certified service mechanics are highly trained and have the tools to inspect, diagnose, and repair any braking issue you may be having. Schedule your appointment today.