Fuel economy is perhaps one of the most important qualities about cars these days, and Mini Coopers do an excellent job of upholding that promise to the public. For a long time, the MINI brand has delivered on many promises. Beyond gas mileage, they are revered worldwide for their performance standards, endurance, and agility. Owning a MINI is a privilege, even though they require repair and maintenance work like every other vehicle.
Gas mileage is significant to MINI drivers, and it’s problematic when the fuel system encounters an issue. One such issue that Mini Cooper drivers may be familiar with themselves is a failing fuel gauge. When the fuel gauge isn’t functioning properly, it can confuse drivers and ultimately jeopardize their safety. Furthermore, a malfunctioning fuel gauge takes away from the convenience and reliability of a Mini Cooper. If you drive a MINI, you might encounter fuel gauge issues at some point. Here is some more information about Mini Coopers and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a faulty fuel gauge:
Prevalence of Fuel Gauge Problems
Fuel gauge issues are common for all cars, not just Mini Coopers. However, some MINI enthusiasts report that this is an ongoing issue for various models. As a MINI driver, it is important to be able to recognize the issue quickly and have an idea of the potential causes. With this basic understanding, you can know what to expect when it comes to repair costs and length of repair time.
Before you run out of gas stranded on the roadside, it’s always a good idea to monitor your gas mileage. Simply keeping an eye on the fuel gauge before and after filling your tank is immensely beneficial to your safety, especially on long drives. If there’s something off with your fuel system, you may notice that your fuel gauge will behave differently. For instance, if the gauge is stuck at empty, even though you just filled your tank, or if it is stuck at full, even though you know you’ve driven quite a ways, then there’s an issue. Where the gauge is stuck will tell your automotive technician a lot about the problem and how to diagnose it.
Performing a Differential Diagnosis
It’s also important to keep in mind that the fuel gauge itself isn’t always the cause of the problem. In fact, there are several reasons why a fuel gauge might fail. There are a few components involved in this system in your MINI, and there could be a problem at any stage of the process. It’s important to have a professional diagnose the issue by performing what’s called a differential diagnosis. This simply means eliminating sources of the problem by obtaining more information. These are two of the common causes of fuel gauge failure:
Malfunctioning Fuel Sending Unit
One of the common causes of a faulty fuel gauge is a malfunctioning sending unit. The sending unit is what reads the level of fuel in the tank and communicates that information via electrical impulse that extends all the way to your fuel gauge. In order to test the fuel sending unit, one must utilize the proper diagnostic equipment, such as a multimeter. It also requires expertise about brand-specific sending unit features.
Old, Worn-out Wiring
Sometimes problem with the fuel gauge can be related to an electrical issue. In older MINIs, wiring can become corroded and worn, which interferes with the fuel gauge functioning. In order to diagnose a problem with the wiring, it takes a lot of time and skill to inspect the potential sources of the problem. Wiring can be cleaned, tightened, or replaced all together in order to fix the fuel gauge issue. Depending on the model of your car and the shop’s expertise, this procedure will vary in cost.
BMW Mercedes Service (BMS Inc.)
Here at BMS Inc., we have served a wide range of MINI models from areas surrounding Sherman Oaks, including: Tarzana, Encino, Studio City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village, CA. Our client base is vast and diverse and we proudly take on any project. Our commitment to excellence and affordability extends to other German-engineered vehicles in addition to Mini Coopers. If you are concerned that your fuel gauge is behaving oddly, please contact our shop to schedule an inspection and diagnostic procedure.
Mini Cooper S image credit goes to: CasPhotography.