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Mini Engine & Timing Belt Services

When replacing the Mini timing belt: The water pump, if run off the same belt should be replaced and as a matter of precaution change the engine coolant at the same time to maximise pump life
Rollers, tensioner and thermostat may also need replacing

If your worried that your Mini timing belt has reached that crucial time when it’s safer to change it than risk having the timing belt snap and causing damage to the engine and valves just fill in our simple enquiry form or contact us on 0800 0407 429 to arrange an estimate for a service and new timing belt or use our simple form and we'll get your local garage to contact you.

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Depending upon the engine arrangement and any components operated by the timing belt there may be other parts reaching the end of their safe service life and need replacing along with the timing belt. Generally, they work out cheaper to replace at a milestone service as they’re unlikely to last another 60,000 miles and will add an additional labour cost; you may also need breakdown recovery if they fail without warning

Mini Timing Belts Alcester

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We can help source most Mini Replacement Timing Parts for local fitting

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

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

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

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

Mini Starter Motors
Replacement Mini Starter motors installed

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

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

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 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 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 Alternators
Replacement Mini alternators fitted

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

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

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

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

Replacement Mini Timing Belt or Cambelt

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

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

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

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

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

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

Mini Services - Mini Hydraulic Braking System Servicing and Repair Alcester

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

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

Modern Mini braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

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

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

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

Mini Hydraulic Disc Brake and Drum Brake Systems

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

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

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

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

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

Mini Brakes - Mini Brake Servicing and Maintenance

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

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.

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

Mini Brake Servicing & Inspection Alcester

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

General brake disc condition

ABS warning light operation

Brake drum condition

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Adjust handbrake

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

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Hand brake linkage condition

Wheel cylinder condition

Brake calliper operation

Handbrake function and travel

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

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

Brake pipe Condition

Mini Steering - Steering System Inspection

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

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

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

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.

Your Mini steering inspection can include:-

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Steering Condition

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Mini Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Mini Services: Brakes Servicing and Repair

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

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

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 braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

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

Alcester:- Mini Replacement Clutch

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Mini Fuel Injection Systems

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 Re-Mapping Alcester
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

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 Engine Oil Change

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.

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

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

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

Synthetic Oil Change - Alcester
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 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

Mini Replacement Exhausts Alcester

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

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

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

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Mini ABS

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

Mini Air Conditioning

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

Mini Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

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

Mini Electronic Sensors

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

Mini Electrical Systems

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

Mini Wheel & Axle

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

Mini Braking System

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

Mini Clutch Fitting

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

Mini Exhaust Systems

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

Mini Engine Repairs

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

Alcester Gasket Fitting

  • Mini Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Mini Valve Cover Gasket

Mini Lubrication System

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

Mini Parts

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

Mini - Suspension & Springs

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

Common Problems

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