MINI Turbocharger Failure
A common yet avoidable problem we see with MINIs is turbocharger failure. Here are some questions you may have about turbochargers and turbocharger failure.
What’s a turbocharger? As its name implies, a turbocharger increases the power output of an engine.
What causes turbocharger failure? The main cause of turbocharger failure is oil-related – usually due to either lack of oil or dirty oil. Turbocharger failures in MINIs seem to be caused by the long oil service intervals. (The dealer typically recommends oil changes on a MINI every 12,000-18,000 miles, depending upon when the car’s indicator says to do it.)
Are turbocharger failures serious? Turbocharger failures can be catastrophic, so they are important to address at the first sign of a problem.
Signs of MINI Turbocharger failure
If you experience any of the following signs, you may be on your way to turbocharger failure. Call or stop by Coast Motor Werk so we can check out your MINI turbocharger immediately.
- Your check engine light comes on
- You hear a horrible screeching noise that sounds like metal on metal
- You experience a great loss of power
How to avoid MINI Turbocharger failure
Here are ways to avoid turbocharger failure in your MINI Cooper S.
1. Have frequent oil changes using quality oil. We recommend oil changes at least every 5,000 miles.
2. After driving (once you have reached your destination), let your MINI idle for a couple of minutes, rather than turning it off right away. This will let the turbo cool down a little before turning it off.
3. Keep oil full and cooling system in good working order.
4. Frequent maintenance. Have a qualified MINI Cooper Mechanic inspect you MINI Cooper every 6 months.