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If your Mini needs an urgent repair, a new timing belt , brake pads or just a general service and oil change and you're looking for a garage or mobile mechanic in the Hastings area then use our simple form to arrange a quote; Perhaps you need a specialist mechanic or a garage in the Hastings area experienced with diagnosing common Mini problems or with the OBD equipment to identify & reset factory service faults and take care of those service warning lights
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If your Mini has broken down or you need an important Mini milestone service or general maintenance in the Hastings area it can be quite stressful choosing a mechanic familiar with your Mini model or type of Repairs repair if you haven't had time to build up a relationship with a local garage
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Mini Repairs Hastings

Mini Repairs Hastings

Mini Parts Supplied and Fitted by local garages

Mini Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the Mini paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your Mini different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

Mini Oil Change & Filters Replaced
Mini Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

Mini Engines
Mini Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Mini Gearboxes
Mini Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned Mini gearbox

Mini Suspension System
Mini replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

Mini Autoelectrics
Mini electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - Mini engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

Mini Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your Mini model

Mini Clutches
Mini clutch repairs Hastings - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new Mini Clutch kit

Mini Brakes
Routine Mini servicing, replacement Mini brake pads & discs fitted, Mini hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

Mini Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

Mini Electrical Components
Mini electrical faults repaired using Mini OEM components - Mini sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

Mini Performance Spares
OEM Mini parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

Mini Cooling System
Replacement Mini radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your Mini engine at its optimal operating temperature

Mini Starter Motors
Replacement Mini Starter motors installed

Mini Alternators
Replacement Mini alternators fitted

Mini EGR Valves
Replacement Mini EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your Mini - The EGR valve helps your Mini burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce Mini engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

Mini Exhausts
Mini Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for Mini Exhausts fitted & welded

Mini Body Panels
Replacement Mini panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light Mini Panel damage repairs

Mini Timing Belt - Mini Cambelt
Mini Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned Mini service or if the Timing Belt on your Mini has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

Mini Maintenance - Mini Hydraulic Braking System Servicing and Repair

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Mini brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc

Modern Mini braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

Hastings Mini Brake Repairs

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Mini rear wheels

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

Mini disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

Drum Brakes are an older system than Mini disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

Mini Brake Servicing - Mini Brake Maintenance & Parts Replacement

If the Mini brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

if the Mini brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

Mini Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

Mini brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

The brake pads on your Mini should wear first

Mini Brake Inspection Elements

Wheel cylinder condition

Handbrake function and travel

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

And carry out the following maintenance of your Mini braking system:-

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Brake drum condition

ABS warning light operation

Brake calliper operation

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Hand brake linkage condition

General brake disc condition

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Adjust handbrake

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Brake pipe Condition

Mini Steering System

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

Common symptoms of Mini steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your Mini tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line
Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Mini steering system is uneven tyre wear

Mini Steering, Wheels & Tyres:-

Steering Condition

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Mini Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Mini Services: Brakes Servicing and Repair

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Mini Timing Belt or Cambelt

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Generally Mini belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Mini that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the Mini Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Mini parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: Mini timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear

Since Mini Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Mini

The Timing Belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head

Hastings Replacement Mini Clutch

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers

Mini Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the Mini clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the Mini Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Mini Clutch kit:-
Mini clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal Mini clutch slave cylinder

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system

The Mini clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to theMini transmission system

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel

Mini Fuel Injectors - Fuel Injection

Mini Engine Mapping
The Mini ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

Mini Re-Mapping Hastings
The Mini ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Mini fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern Mini vehicles

Mini Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

Mini Oil Change Frequency

Synthetic Oil Change - Hastings
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the Mini recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Oil & Filter Change
A new Mini oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Mini engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your Mini engine fails

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your Mini running smoothly

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your Mini engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Mini motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your Mini engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Mini performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Mini engine increases

Mini Exhaust Fitting Hastings

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

The Mini exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

Mini Specialists Hastings Area

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Mini Models

  • Mini
  • Mini Cooper
  • Mini Cooper Convertible
  • Mini Cooper S
  • Mini Cooper S Convertible
  • Mini One
  • Mini One Convertible

Hastings Tyre Fitting

Mini Replacement Tyres: Fit new tyres to your Mini

  • Uneven Tyre Wear?
    Mini Tracking adjustment
  • Mini Wheel alignment
  • Mini Tyre Fitting
  • Michelin
  • Pirelli
  • Dunlop
  • BF Goodrich
  • Kleber
  • Riken
  • Hankook
  • Goodyear
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Mini ABS - Anti-lock Braking System

  • ABS Pump
  • ABS Control Unit
  • ABS Ecu
  • ABS Modulator
  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Sensor

Mini Air Conditioning

  • Mini AC Compressor
  • Mini AC Radiator
  • Mini AC Pump
  • Mini AC Condenser
  • Mini AC Receiver Drier
  • Mini AC Fluid Top Up
  • Mini AC Evaporator

Mini Filters

  • Mini Transmission Filter Kit
  • Mini Fuel Filter
  • Mini Cabin Air and Pollen Filter
  • Mini Air Filter
  • Mini Oil Filter

Mini Sensors

  • Mini Oxygen Sensor
  • Mini Air Flow Mass Meter
  • Mini Temperature Sensor

Mini Electrical Components

  • Mini Electronic Control Unit
  • Mini Tail Lights
  • Mini ECU Mapping Remap
  • Mini Window Motors
  • Mini Parking Light
  • Mini Spark Plugs
  • Mini Cooling Fan
  • Mini Starter Motor
  • Mini Water Pump
  • Mini Fuel Pump
  • Mini Spark Plug HT Leads
  • Mini Alternator
  • Mini Heater Blower Motor
  • Mini Antenna
  • Mini Eibach Pro Kit
  • Mini Headlights
  • Mini Thermostats
  • Mini Heater Core
  • Mini Fog Lights
  • Mini Ignition Coil
  • Mini Lambda Sensor
  • Mini Oxygen Sensor
  • Mini Bulbs

Mini Wheel & Axle

  • Mini Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • Mini Axle Assembly
  • Mini Tyres
  • Mini CV Joint Boot Kit
  • Mini Control Arm
  • Mini Ball Joints

Mini Braking System

  • Mini Brake Discs
  • Mini Brake Slave Cylinder
  • Mini Brake Calipers
  • Mini Brake Drums
  • Mini Brake Servo
  • Mini Brake Rotor
  • Mini Brake Master Cylinder
  • Mini Brake Compensator Valve
  • Mini Brake Pads

Mini Clutch Kits

  • Mini Flywheel
  • Mini Clutch Pressure Plate
  • Mini Clutch Slave Cylinder
  • Mini Dual Mass Flywheel
  • Mini Clutch Pedal
  • Mini Clutch Kit
  • Mini Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Mini Clutch Cable

Mini Exhausts

  • Mini Exhaust
  • Mini Muffler
  • Mini Exhaust Pipes
  • Mini Exhaust System Complete
  • Mini Tailpipe
  • Mini Exhaust Box
  • Mini Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • Mini Exhaust Manifold
  • Mini Oxygen Sensor
  • Mini Lambda Sensor
  • Mini EGR Valve
  • Mini Silencer

Mini Engine Repairs

  • Mini Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Mini Pistons and Cylinder
  • Mini Timing Belt Kits
  • Mini Fuel Injector
  • Mini Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Mini Engine Mounts
  • Mini Ignition Coil
  • Mini Timing Chain Kits

Hastings Gasket Fitting

  • Mini Valve Cover Gasket
  • Mini Cylinder Head Gasket

Mini Lubrication System

  • Mini Oil Filter
  • Mini Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Mini Oil Cap
  • Mini Oil Sump and Plate
  • Mini Fuel Cap
  • Mini Oil Pump

Mini Misc

  • Mini Power Steering Pump
  • Mini Shock Absorbers
  • Mini Throttle Body & Cable
  • Mini Windscreen Wipers
  • Mini Power Steering Hoses
  • Mini Radiator Pipes
  • Mini Struts
  • Mini Wiper Blades
  • Mini Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Mini Hood Emblems
  • Mini Radiator
  • Mini Tie Rods
  • Mini Steering Rack
  • Mini Serpentine and V Belt

Suspension Mini

  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Mini bush wear
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Suspension Struts
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Mini Additional Suspension Components
  • Tie Rods
  • Sway Bar
  • Struts
  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Spring Condition
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Idler arm
  • Mini Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Ball Joints

Common Problems

  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • Clutch Won't work
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • Engine Stalls
  • Mini Headlights not working
  • Engine Overheating
  • Coolant Leaking
  • Knocking sound
  • No Power When Accelerating
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • Tyres vibrate
  • Mini Check Engine Light On
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Judder when braking
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Mini Immobiliser
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • Clutch slips if revved hard
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • Engine Misfires
  • Slipping when cold
  • Blocked Fuel injectors
  • My Mini Won't Start
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • Spongy Brakes
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
  • Vacuum Leak
  • My Mini Does Not drive Straight
  • Heater Not Working
  • Warning Lights On
  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • Clutch juddering
  • Mini Lights not working
  • master cylinder leaking
  • Mini check engine light on
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Power steering feels stiff
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • Mini keeps stalling
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Leak in coolant system
  • Mini Radiator fan not working
  • Engine Won't Start
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • Window stuck
  • Flywheel Vibrating
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • Noisy Brakes
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Low Brake Pedal
  • No pick up for first gear
  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Can't get into gear
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Clogged Mini air filter
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