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MINI Front Radiator Support

How to Identify Front Radiator Support Damage in Your Mini

Post on June 15, 2021 by

Mini Coopers are prone to damage in their front radiator support, especially in bumper-to-bumper collisions, even if the damage is minor. Damage to the support can cause cracks in the radiator, which makes the vehicle prone to overheating and becomes dangerous to drive.

In most cases when the front radiator support is damaged, the radiator itself suffers damage as well. It is important for the lifespan and safety of your Mini Cooper to take it to a trusted technician to have the bodywork repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

The radiator is an extremely important part of your vehicle, since it regulates the temperature at which your engine runs. The front radiator support acts as extra protection for the radiator by holding it securely in place and to the engine. If any part of the front support is damaged, it could interfere with the cooling system, which can lead to a host of other expensive problems that are best avoided at all costs.

Main Causes and Symptoms of Radiator Damage

There are several causes that result in radiator or front support damage. It’s important to keep up with regular maintenance and follow rules and regulations on the road to prevent accidents that lead to this kind of damage.

Car accidents, especially bumper-to-bumper collisions where the Mini hits the back of someone else, are the main cause of severe damage. There is not much protection between the body of the car and the engine, making even small fender-benders a big deal.

If the front support is not working as it should, then the radiator itself can move and bang against other parts of the car. The hoses may also become loose, spilling coolant. If not securely in place, damage is inevitable, and you will likely have to replace both the support and the radiator.

Additionally, internal oil leaks can corrode the radiator support over time. Regular maintenance can help ensure that this does not happen.

In some cases, your front support may be damaged even without being in a crash. There are a few symptoms to look out for that could mean your front support needs to be repaired or replaced. Since the radiator is so close to the engine and its mechanisms, the check engine light may turn on. If you were involved in a crash or small accident, there may be vibrations under the hood. Listen for strange noises as well, as all of this could mean the radiator or front support are compromised.

How to Avoid Front Radiator Support Damage

The best thing you can do to avoid sustaining damage to your Mini’s radiator or its front support is to be a good driver. Sounds simple enough, but even the best drivers can become lax. Pay attention to signs and speed limits, use your turn signals, and be alert when driving on busy roads, highways, or even in parking lots. Even the smallest collisions can cause damage that can lead to expensive repairs if not addressed right away.

Keep up with regular service. Your Mini technician may notice issues that you do not, and they can repair issues before they become a serious and possibly expensive problem.

Ultimate European Repair will Maintain Your Mini Cooper

At Ultimate European Repair, our Master Certified ASE & BMW technicians specialize in Mini, BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen repairs and services. We can walk you through the steps it will take to repair or replace your Mini Cooper’s front radiator support and help you keep driving safely and in style.

We understand that driving a Mini Cooper is fun and enjoyable, and we strive to keep you and your Mini out on the road for a long time to come. Whether it be a quick oil change or your vehicle is in need of complex diagnostics or emergency repair, we can handle all your Mini needs.

Ultimate European Repair is proud MINI Front Radiator Support Repair to service drivers in Tolleson and the surrounding areas, including Goodyear, Buckeye, Avondale, Phoenix, Peoria, AZ. Stop in today or call us to have your luxury European vehicle serviced and see why we are the one-stop-shop for all your vehicle needs.

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