My Mini S hardtop 2010, 33k miles just blew its engine apart due to the timing chain issue. At ConsumerAffairs we take privacy seriously, please refer to our to learn more about how we keep you protected. Then, once the repair is done, you need to follow a slightly different maintenance schedule to prevent it from occurring again. The lawsuit asserts that vehicle owners were forced to pay thousands of dollars in repairs and replacement costs for a defect in the engine which caused the cars to abruptly stop without warning. This action was on advice from 'Consumer Direct' - a department of the Office of Fair Trade. Please advise what I need to do to get this settled. My 2010 mini is currently in shop for replacing timing chain.
Loving your Mini will cost you a lot of money without the extended warranty. Serviced and repaired everything timely. If the tensioner fails, the timing chain fails, resulting in catastrophic engine malfunction. A timing chain doesn't need to be replaced unless there is a problem with it. There is still no solution for this problem besides replaced with the same defective chain. Instead of using a belt that needs periodic replacement like many cars do, the Mini employed a metal timing chain.
Going to set up a new thread and forum. The simple answer is No, it is not. Hood ConsumerAffairs' founder and former editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide. After a class action suet they finally offered to pay current and past owners for this issue. Does anyone know any information about cars with less than 100000 miles and fits all descriptions of the faulted mini cooper timing belt issue? Properly built, a chain will outlast a belt-no question. In many cases this would result in someone else buying the car and not being aware of the timing belt problem until it was too late. In old-style pushrod engines, replacing the timing chain is a fairly easy task.
While these symptoms are all concerning and warrant a trip to the auto shop, it is critical to remain aware of such symptoms and their progression so that you and your automotive professional can be on the same page about potential causes of the issues. Finally after issues for two years they said it was a defect from mini in the timing chain and it all needs to be replaced. The rear seat is small and many controls are overly complicated and unintuitive. To avoid timing chain problems you should maintain your engine properly and have the engine oil changed at recommended intervals. This resulted in thousands of customers with suddenly inoperable cars, making payments on vehicles that costs thousands to repair. As a result, I can't even trade it in for a good deal towards a new vehicle. A timing belt typically needs to be replaced between 40,000 and 100,000 miles depending on the vehicle and it's a few hundred dollar repair.
Naturally, the dealership didn't mention the history of timing belt problems with these vehicles. Go through the search process and when you come to the page listing mechanics in your area, mobile mechanics in your area will be listed along with workshops. Because these were supposed to be maintenance-free items, they don't typically get checked for wear, and by the time they start making noise, it may be too late. I read this and was shocked. Please email me if interested in pursuing this. After looking online I have noticed I am not the only one with this issue and several other people have this problem. Thinking this could be fixed they removed the exhaust manifold and found that the bottom end was completely ruined! But Julie's troubles weren't over.
I have a 2008 mini clubman that is constantly jerking and has had repairs for faulty valve leaks and oil in one of the spark plugs. She said at the time of the second replacement, her car had logged nearly 88,000 miles. At proper tension, this chain should not droop. Even with its base engine, the Mini is a joy to drive with excellent handling and braking. Advertisements on this site are placed and controlled by outside advertising networks. I though i should share this with you, as this forum helped me save £1300.
The mechanic who's looked at it said there was chunks of engine in the sump So doesn't sound good at all. My 2009 Clubman S is in the Plano Mini dealership as I am typing this. This article applies to the Mini Cooper 2007-2013. What can be done about this as we are now down a daily driver but still have the finance company wanting to be paid as well as the shop wanting an answer on whether to rebuild, replace, or just scrap the vehicle???? The dealer provided all service for the car. Timing chains, with proper care, generally last for the life of the engine. Faulty timing tensioners can lead to issues, and ultimately complete engine failure. The least I would expect would be a goodwill contribution e.
Changed filter and I changed plugs off my own back. But customers aren't willing to pay for engineering that they don't see. Clearly Mini is avoiding dealing with its owners The previous class action lawsuit was not advertised and there are continuing problems. The car was driven 500 miles without knowing that there was only 1 gallon of coolant left in the engine. They can muck up a reliable French design! Albeit In two pieces that sheared off ready to show them It's being picked up tomorrow morning and transported down to the dealership So will have to see what they offer me, I mentioned I had bought a Mini Cooper new from them in 2009, he said he would put that in the report as well Not to mention when it happened is just arrived in the Lake District for 3 days. I haven't heard anything in a recall or pending lawsuit, but mechanic told me there had been legal action taken against Mini. No way am I'm doing this.
The timing chain controls the timing of the engine's valves, but when the chain doesn't have proper tension or synchronization, the engine's pistons and valves collide with great force and the engine components suffer so much damage that the engine seizes and the vehicle loses all power, according to the complaint. Advertisement If you plan to replace a timing chain yourself, you will need to find the correct procedure to set the timing when a new chain is installed. A timing chain is kept under proper tension by a chain tensioner. Being trapped in the middle we had to wait for 25 minutes for the highway police to arrive and tow us to safety. Thanks in advance for any replies. Who do I contact for assistance? Contacted Mini they say that it has to be diagnosed by an authorized Mini Dealer and they may or may not help with the repairs.
Just browsed through e bay, there are several firms offering complete recon motors for around £2500 or so--I've no idea who are the ones to trust but a bit of research will show that. Just replaced dead battery for the first time. When does the timing chain need to be replaced? Are there any resources or points of contact I can take my claim to now? The oiling system must then be modified to supply adequate lubrication to the chain and the tensioner. When the car warms up, the noise will abate to a degree, but in advanced cases still be present even with a warm engine. This means that problems often go unnoticed, and significant damage can occur before the owner knows there is a problem. The case is styled Joshua Skeen and Laurie Freeman v. .