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    Allentown, PA 18104
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VVT Issues In MINIs

by schearerswpadmin November 19, 2018

The Mini Cooper has a classic design and provides optimal performance. It’s able to zip through lanes and hug the road with class. With most vehicles, there are certain mechanical issues that present themselves over time. Although the Mini is known for its durability, it is still susceptible to system malfunctions.

One of those common problems surrounds the variable valve timing. When this key piece is interrupted, it will cause a lot of damage to the car. If left unnoticed, it could even impact your driveability. Below is some good information for you to have on VVT issues so you can know what to keep an eye out for in your Mini Cooper.

What Is The Variable Valve Timing?
The Variable Valve Timing, or VVT, is a relatively new development. By working directly with the valve lift, this piece can improve the way your car drives and digests fuel. When working properly, it makes sure none of the fuel is wasted. Once the VVT alters the timing of specific valves, this enables the car to drive faster and smoother. The goal of this invention was not to just make cars drive faster. Rather, it was developed to save gas and decrease emissions being put into the environment.

Signs Of VVT Problems
Check Engine Light: The VVT plays a major role in how your car performs. When it is altered, you can notice immediate changes. To begin, your check engine light may come on. Usually, this signal evokes panic in drivers everywhere. However, the problem may not necessarily be with the engine. It could be an issue with the VVT. The check engine light is able to pick up on other issues that may be happening in the car. Often times, this detection involves the VVT. This could mean the VVT is either worn or damaged. Have your mechanic double check your VVT during your next service.
Dirty Oil: When the VVT begins to show problems, often times it has to do with tainted engine oil. Since the VVT works directly with engine oil, it makes sense to have clean, clog-free oil running through your engines. Debris and other pollutants can impact the way your VVT works. Keep this part of your car working in pristine condition by routinely changing your oil.
Frequent Engine Idling: Often times, the reason your check engine light comes on during VVT complications is that this piece directly impacts your gears. When the VVT is malfunctioning, the engine will begin to idle and fluctuate. Have your reliable mechanic double check your VVT health if you are experiencing engine idling or strange fluctuations.
Decrease in Gas Mileage: Since the VVT works to keep gas in the car, any damage done to this part will greatly impact how your car handles fuel. If you notice a dramatic drop in how your car carries gas, you may have a VVT problem on your hands. One way to determine this is to have a specialist check your variable valve timing sensor. If this part is damaged, likely your VVT as a whole needs replacing.
How To Conquer This Problem
One of the best ways to solve this issue is to have a specialist replace this piece on your Mini. They will be able to execute this process seamlessly so as to avoid potential engine damage. Although many people try to do this themselves, it can result in potential engine damage if not done correctly. That’s why hiring a specialist to handle this issue is so important.

In addition, Minis need to be taken care of properly. Never neglect your routine service appointments as they can make a difference in your car’s health. Keeping your car well maintained will help you to be aware of possible problems and alleviate future complications. It’s better to be aware of small changes than spend thousands in repairs down the road.

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How We Can Help
The Mini needs strategic treatment. Don’t let a mechanic who doesn’t understand how your car works fix your vehicle. Instead, take it to the specialists who care. Schearer’s Sales and Service, Inc. are specialized in servicing Minis and more in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Macungie, PA. Our skilled team will assess your vehicle and provide you with the best possible diagnosis. If you believe you are having issues with your VVT, don’t hesitate to get the issue fixed. Take it to a Mini specialist today!

* Mini Cooper Countryman image credit goes to: bruev.

* Mini Cooper Logo image credit goes to: AdrianHancu.

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