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Monthly Archives: February 2022

Mini Cooper Rattling Noise | Timing Chain

Mini Cooper Rattling Noise | Timing Chain

Are you hearing a weird rattling noise coming from your Mini Cooper? In this article we specifically address a ‘rattling noise’ that many Mini Cooper owners commonly complain about. This weird noise originates in the engine bay at the front of the vehicle. It often occurs more frequently at idle, lower speeds, and/or in colder weather. Could it be a timing chain issue? MINI Copper Timing Chain A timing chain is what holds all the major internal engine components together and allows them to operate in synchronism. If your MINI Cooper’s engine is rattling, this could be a result of the timing chain. Unfortunately, the timing chain support rail is made of plastic, which over time can wear down and eventually break. As this support rail begins to wear, the timing chain stretches, and the infamous rattling noise begins. If you ignore the issue, the timing chain can break and cause detrimental damage to your engine. Avoid Rattling Noise: Preventi ... read more

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Failing Alternator | Why Do I Need To Replace It?

Failing Alternator | Why Do I Need To Replace It?

An alternator helps recharge your vehicle’s battery while you drive. It also allows you to use all your car’s fun accessories such as your seat warmer, radio, sunroof, USB charger, and Bluetooth, as well as your necessary headlights. Typically, an alternator should last well over 100,000 miles. However, if your vehicle has a bad or failing alternator, this could leave you stranded, at any given moment, while on the road. Common Alternator Symptoms The most common symptoms of a failing alternator include your car not starting, the engine stalling, and/or various electrical issues occurring. We have all heard stories of customer’s saying how their car died while at a stop light or even worse, “My Car Shut Off While Driving.’ Essentially, when your alternator fails, there will eventually be no power leftover to replenish the car’s electrical system while you drive. Schedule A Service Well, if you are near Oceanside California, we can help! Give us a c ... read more

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What Do Spark Plugs Do?

What Do Spark Plugs Do?

Spark plugs are a vital part of your car’s normal operating system. Spark Plugs is an appropriate name because electricity or sparks travel between the two small leads at the end of the plug. Consequently, when your car is running, a spark plug is constantly supplying a spark that ignites an air/fuel mixture within a given cylinder of your car. When the air/fuel mixture ignites, it results in an explosion that allows your engine to produce power. Spark Plugs Failure Symptoms Dirt, oil, or carbon buildup can lead to premature spark plug failure. If you have bad or failing spark plugs your car will likely be running poorly. Your vehicle may exhibit common symptoms such as rough idling, engine misfires, hard starts, lack of acceleration, and reduced gas mileage. Bad spark plugs may also trigger the check engine light. Schedule a Service If you are unsure of the condition of your spark plugs, then you can either remove and inspect them yourself, or ... read more

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What is the best Auto Repair Shop in Oceanside?

What is the best Auto Repair Shop in Oceanside?

So, what is the best Auto Repair Shop in Oceanside, CA? Well, it is hard for us to say off hand because many factors play a part. However, we think a good starting criterion for deciding the best Auto Repair Shop is to ask the following questions. Do they work on my type of car? Who has the best reviews? Who has the best customer service? Who does the best quality repair? Whose mechanic is the most trustworthy? Best Auto Repair Oceanside, CA After doing a bit of internet research, it looks like the following shops would all be great candidates for the best Auto Repair Shop in Oceanside, CA. They all have Google ratings of 4.9 stars or higher. Oceanside Motorsports – BMW, Mini, Mercedes, Audi, VW experts, all other makes and models Oceanside Car Clinic – Most makes and models Lael’s International Auto – Most makes and models Pedro’s Auto Repair – Most makes and models Oceanside Auto Specialists – Most makes and models ... read more

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