Driving a MINI is fun and exciting. They are uniquely designed both inside and out. They also have an engine that is built to perform. As your MINI begins to age and gets older, there may be some parts that need to be maintained or replaced. One of those parts is the spark plugs. They are essential in keeping your MINI running properly, so they are parts that you should keep new and fresh at all times. Below you will find out more about the purpose of the spark plugs and the signs to look for that will point to them needing to be replaced.
What are Spark Plugs
The spark plugs are electrical plugs that fit into the cylinder heads serve two primary purposes. The first purpose of the spark plug is to ignite the fuel and air mixture. In order for this to occur, an electrical current travels through the spark plug and voltage is created. That electrical spark creates what is used to ignite the fuel and air mixture in the combustion chamber.
The second purpose of the spark plug is to remove heat from the combustion chamber. The spark plug has to keep the combustion chamber at a low enough temperature so that pre-ignition does not occur but high enough to ensure that the fuel and air mixture does not foul.
Part of this second purpose also means that the spark plug is responsible for pulling the excess thermal heat from the combustion chamber and transferring it to the engine’s cooling system.
Signs Indicating the Spark Plug Needs to be Replaced
In order to keep the engine of your MINI functioning properly, the spark plugs will need to continual close monitoring, especially if your MINI is on the older side. Below are a few signs that will indicate to you that there may be an issue with the spark plugs:
The Check Engine Light Comes On
When it is time for the spark plugs to be replaced, the check engine light is going to illuminate or it will begin to flash. This will be caused by the spark plugs misfiring. The misfiring can lead to uneven power when accelerating, rough idling, and an increase in emissions from the exhaust. One of the ways to avoid misfiring spark plugs is by adhering to the guidelines in the manual about when the plugs should be replaced.
Your MINI Does Not Accelerate Quickly
After you have had your MINI for a good amount of time, you know and understand how your vehicle responds to the commands you give. These commands include accelerating and braking. When the spark plugs need to be replaced, your MINI will no longer accelerate as quickly as it used to. This will be evident to you because it will be a noticeable change. Your MINI will accelerate in a sluggish fashion. You definitely do not want this potentially dangerous issue to continue, so as soon as you feel your MINI struggling with acceleration, you know that it probably has to do with the spark plugs and you should have it serviced right away.
Getting Gas More Frequently
The gas mileage is going to be the last indicator before the spark plugs in your MINI completely fail. You will notice that you are getting less gas mileage than normal. When the spark plugs are failing, they are not able to effectively burn the fuel that is going to the engine. The fuel consumption will increase, which means that you will have to purchase gas more often than normal.
Repairing the Spark Plugs of Your MINI
As previously mentioned, the spark plugs are essential parts of the functionality of your MINI. When you begin to notice one or more of the above signs, you should take your MINI in for servicing.
Conveniently located in Tucson, AZ, Group One Motorwerks will be able to provide you with the best German car servicing around. You will be able to bring your vehicle to one of our many trained technicians for a thorough inspection that will be tailored to you and your vehicle's unique needs. Once the specific spark plug problem has been identified, we will consult with you about replacements at dealership quality but without dealership cost.