Mini Cooper

Checking Your Vital Fluids

Checking Your Vital Fluids

To ensure your car is running smoothly in between maintenance intervals, the easiest thing you can do is check your vital fluids to make sure everything under the hood is healthy and at the proper level. The top fluids you should check in your BMW or MINI are; Engine Oil, Transmission Fluid, Coolant/Antifreeze, Brake Fluid, and Power Steering Fluid. You can always stop by The Haus to have one of our certified technicians check, and top off your fluids FREE of charge.

Checking Engine Oil

In most vehicles, you need to open your hood, find the dipstick pull it out and wipe it down. Repeat that process again and you will know if the engine oil level is correct. Some vehicles tend to burn oil faster (turbo charged engines especially) than normally aspirated engines. Some BMW cars do not have a dipstick and require connecting to the car computer, which may require you stop by The Haus and have one of our certified technicians check it for you. We recommend that you replace the engine oil every 6 months or 5,000 miles whichever comes first, this will save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in long term repair costs and a lot of heartache.

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Transmission Fluid

You should check your transmission fluid on your BMW or MINI (if possible) on a monthly basis, because it is was keeps the gears on your vehicle moving smoothly. You can check your transmission fluid the same way as your engine oil. On older vehicles there will be a dipstick for the transmission fluid, make sure the vehicle is running so you can get an accurate reading. Transmission fluid should be red and should not smell burnt. If the transmission fluid is low, dark, or smells burnt please contact us for a free inspection. As with the engine oil some vehicles are not equipped with a transmission fluid dipstick, and require help from a technician.

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Coolant Level

This fluid is also extremely important because it’s what keeps your BMW or MINI from overheating. Coolant is also known as Antifreeze, without this fluid your car will over heat and in cold climates the cooling system would freeze. You can check this fluid by opening the cap on the radiator or expansion tank. NEVER check if the car is running or is still warm. Once open you should see fluid go up to certain line that you can see inside. If it is low make sure you fill up with the same exact type of fluid. If you are not sure what type of coolant is right for your vehicle, or it is not available, just add water so you do not intermix fluids and contaminate your cooling system. You should check this fluid twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter. It is recommended that you replace coolant/anti-freeze every 2-3 years (see your owners’ manual).

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Brake Fluid

Checking your brake fluid to make sure the fluid is clean is very important. The fluid should never be low. If you ever feel like the brakes are not working properly checking your brake fluid should be the first priority. You can locate where the brake fluid reservoir is in the manual, typically it is on the driver’s side near the firewall. The fluid should be a golden-honey color, if it is turning brown or black it is time to change the brake fluid. It is recommended by the BMW factory to replace brake fluid every 2 years.

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Power Steering Fluid

When you start to hear some creaking noises coming from the steering wheel area you may be low on power steering fluid. Open the hood of your BMW and locate the reservoir. If you happen to notice that the power steering fluid is low there could be a possible leak. You should check this fluid monthly and should be replaced every 50,000 miles a preventive maintenance.

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Please schedule an appointment at The Haus for a free fluid level check-up and 32 point inspection by one of our factory trained technicians.

Call (855) 572-MINI (6464)

MINI Cooper & BMW Tire Pressure Explained

Check Tire Pressure

It’s time of the year when the temperature in the air is rapidly changing from hot to cold, temperatures in cities across the United States can drastically drop 40-50 degrees from day to night time. When temperatures are consistently changing the molecules inside your tires are expanding and decreasing, and may causing your “Check Tire Pressure” light to show on your dashboard. The “Check Tire Pressure” light usually is 2 parenthesis with an explanation point in the middle, typically is an orange/yellow symbol. If this is the case, please come to Haus of Minis & BMW to have your tires inspected for free.

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Nail or Object in Tire

Another reason for your “Check Tire Pressure” light to come on, is if there is a nail or screw in your tire causing a small air leak. The tire may not necessarily be flat however there is definitely air seeping from an obstruction. The Haus will do visual inspection on all 4 tires to make sure your tires are within manufacturers specifications.               Please see the picture below to understand how a nail or screw can cause a leak in your tire.

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Tire Wear

If you live in cold weather climates please do yourself a favor and check your tire tread frequently. It is starting to rain & snow in some parts of the United States, and it would only be reckless to you and other drivers on the road if you have below the required tread depth. Tread depth is measured in inches. Good tires are measured at 6/32” or greater, okay or medium wear tires are measured between 4-32”-5/32” and tires that need to be replaced measure below 3/32” or below (winter tires need to be replaced at 4/32”). Please take a look at the diagram below to get an idea of bad vs good tires.

To schedule an appointment to have your tries checked out for free by one of our Certfied BMW or MINI Technicians, please call The Haus at (855)572-6464 (MINI).

 

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New Certified MINI Technician

We would like to welcome Kyle L. to the Haus of Minis & BMW team. Kyle is a recent transplant to California having just moved here from North Carolina. He worked for Flow MINI in Raleigh before moving out West. He graduated from Wake Technical College with an Associate in Applied Science for Automotive Systems Technology and he also attended MINI Technical Training at BMW University to become a MINI Certified Technician and is also A.S.E. and EPA certified to perform air conditioning repairs.  Kyle brings a wealth of knowledge from his time at the dealership and we are happy to have him on board.

To schedule and appointment please call 855-572-6464 (MINI)

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Our newest MINI Technician Kyle

Auto Body & Collision Repair

Haus of Minis is a full service, collision, auto body repair, detailing, and automotive repair facility located in Sherman Oaks, CA. Bring your Mini Cooper or BMW in today to receive a FREE estimate. We work with every major insurance company and we ensure that your vehicle is repaired to back to factory specifications.

 

Our services include:

Mechanical Repair

Automotive Paint & Body

Bumper Repair & Re-paint

Paintless Dent Removal

Headlight Restoration

Wheel Repair

 

Please see any of our professional staff at Haus of Minis & BMW to assist you with your insurance company.

We service all of  Los Angeles County, including Culver City, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Burbank, North Hollywood, Los Feliz, Downtown Los Angeles, West LA.

Please give us a call today (855) 572-6464 (MINI) if you have any questions or to book an appointment for estimate.

Pre-Purchase Inspections For Used Vehicles

At Haus of Minis & BMW we get 5-10 calls per month from current and future clients that are interested in purchasing a pre-owned BMW or MINI. They always ask us what some of the common issues are that we see from the specific model they are interested in buying.

We are happy to assist the customer with clarifying any unforeseen issue that could arise at a later date. It is always beneficial to the person purchasing the vehicle to have it inspected before making the decision to buy it. The number one reason for getting a pre-purchase inspection is that the car may look good cosmetically, but under the hood may need expensive mechanical repairs that are not visible to the untrained eye. During the pre-purchase inspection our certified technicians will raise the vehicle in the air and perform a rigorous 32 point visual inspection so there are no surprises. Another benefit of the inspection is that if deficiencies are found the repairs can be negotiated in to the sale price.There is nothing worse than purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, only to find out later it needs thousands of dollars in repairs that the previous owner did not disclose.

We offer this inspection FREE of charge and it can be done in about 30 minutes while you wait in our comfortable waiting room.

The general inspection includes the following:

Interior (Rips and tears and that all components function properly)

Exterior (Inspect for previous collision damage & corrosion)

Lights (Interior & exterior)

Wiper Blades

Drivability

Hoses

Belts

Battery

Water Pump

Engine & Cabin Air Filters

Air Conditioning

Engine Oil Level

Transmission Fluid

Coolant

Brake Fluid

Power steering Fluid

Washer Fluid

Differential Fluid

Transfer Case Fluid

Fluid Leaks

Tire Condition

Front Brakes

Rear Brakes

C.V. Boots

Exhaust System

Front Suspension

Rear Suspension

Clutch

 

If you or someone you know is considering purchasing a used Mini Cooper or BMW please feel free to give us a call to have your vehicle inspected today by one of our master certified technicians. No appointment is necessary but it is advised, Call 855-572-6464 (MINI) to schedule.

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Performing vehicle inspection

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MINI Cooper Front Seat Occupancy Sensor Recall

Front Passenger Seat Occupancy Sensor Mat RECALL 15V-205

This post is in regards to service campaign 15V-205. BMW North America LLC submitted this recall on April 3, 2015 in that the manufacturer claims a total of 91,800 vehicles are/may be affected by this recall. The model vehicles that are affected by this recall are roughly (59,270) 2005-2006 MINI Cooper, Cooper S, as well as an additional (32,530) 2005 – 2008 MINI Cooper Convertibles, and MINI Cooper Convertible S models.

These specific vehicles may have been equipped with a front passenger seat occupant detection sensor that may or may not be functioning correctly in the event you are in a collision.  The mat sensor may not be operating correctly due to faulty manufacturer installation as well as field exposure. The function of this sensor is to detect whether or not a human being or object weighing over a certain weight is sitting in the front seat. If the sensor is not functioning correctly and a human being or object is sitting in that seat, there is a high risk that the airbag for that passenger side will not go off, increasing the risk of injury.

Johnson Controls is the supplier of these specific sensor components. Johnson Controls specializes in automotive seats with a portfolio that includes foams, trims, and metals for many different automotive manufacturers. If you happen to own any of the MINI Coopers that were listed above you do not need to contact  Haus of Minis to have the sensor repaired or replaced (although we would be happy to answer any questions you may have), you are advised to contact your local MINI dealer. We spoke to several MINI dealers and were told the parts will not be available until some time next month (November 2015). You should check with your local dealer as to when parts will be available before making an appointment.

MINI Cooper & BMW Service Los Angeles

The Haus is pleased to announce an oil change service special for MINI Cooper and BMW vehicle owners. For all MINI vehicles we are offering a $39.95 oil change service, and on all 4 & 6 cylinder BMW vehicles (excluding M versions) a $79.95 oil change using Valvoline Premium Full Synthetic Motor Oil which exceeds all manufacturers’ standards – Provides ultimate performance, with extra long-drain intervals and a factory oil filter.

The oil change service special includes the following:

  • Perform a complete 32 point inspection
  • Check all interior & exterior lights
  • Check belts, hoses, battery, filters, water pump, & air conditioning
  • Check and top off all fluids
  • Check tires & brakes
  • Check front & rear suspension
  • Check exhaust system
  • Check & set tire pressures
  • Drain & refill engine oil
  • Replace engine oil filter & seal
  • Reset maintenance reminder light
  • FREE car wash by request

We also offer a FREE shuttle service within the San Fernando Valley & West Los Angeles!

So if you live live in the Los Angeles area and need your MINI Cooper or BMW Oil Change performed please give us a call at 855-572-6464

 

Automotive Engine Repair & Maintenance

Your vehicle will usually give you warning signs when something is not right, as in a rough engine idle, the engine pings or knocks when accelerating, poor gas mileage, hard engine starts, etc….

It is best not to ignore these symptoms as these are indications that it may be time for engine diagnostic, tune-up services, or repairs to your vehicle’s engine. Automotive engine repair services can encompass a wide range of things, from basic maintenance to complete engine replacement. Good preventative maintenance habits such as changing your oil regularly can help extend the life of your car’s engine and improve reliability. Your MINI or BMW is more than just transportation, each one is a grocery carrying, load hauling friend you just can’t live without.

When your MINI or BMW needs major engine repairs, it can be a tough decision whether to get the repairs done, or put the money towards a down payment on another vehicle. It is unfortunate that many auto repair shops quote a low price just to get you in the door, but once you actually take your vehicle there the estimate has changed or even doubled, this is where we can help you!

The Haus is different, our goal is to help you make the best decision for you and your family based on your needs, budget, age, and mileage of your vehicle. We often find that people that were told by other shops that their “engine needed replacement”, actually needed a much more minor repair, like a timing chain or bearing replacement.

If engine replacement is the best solution we have many options to choose from.

Used Engines: We source used engines from local MINI & BMW recycling yards and carefully inspect them before installation. When a used engine is the best option for you & your budget we offer a 6 month parts & labor warranty. We have had great success installing used engines in our customer’s cars over the years.

Rebuilt Engines or Re-manufactured Engines: Rebuilding means that the failed engine is removed from your vehicle and sent out to be rebuilt or is swapped with an engine that has already been rebuilt. When engines are rebuilt, only the failed parts are replaced and the engine is re-assembled. When an engine is re-manufactured, the entire engine is disassembled and every part is cleaned, machined, or replaced to meet the same specifications as the original engine. There is not a huge difference in price between a re-manufactured or rebuilt engine and both come with the same warranty of 2 years or 24,000 miles*, whichever comes first.

New Engine: We also install new engines direct from MINI or BMW. This is by far the most expensive option and we usually do not advise going this route. The new engine still only comes with a 2 year or 24,000 miles warranty from the manufacturer/dealer and is usually twice the cost of alternatives.

Let The Haus’s factory trained technicians provide you with the most accurate diagnosis for your MINI Cooper or BMW, so you can make the best decision for you and your family.

Please call 855-572-MINI (6464) to schedule an appointment or to have any questions answered, even if your car is at another shop!

 

*Must maintain vehicle according to shop recommendations.

MC2 Magazine for the MINI Cooper Owner

 

 

 

If you are a MINI owner, old or new you should check this magazine out!
Each issue of MC2 Magazine features news and information on the new MINI (R50-R60, F56) and classic Minis, their owners, coverage of major Mini & MINI events, Mini history and heritage, DIY, how-to technical articles and information o  new products, product tests, profiles of MINI-related businesses, project MINIs, car features, and more!
If it concerns MINI, MC2 — The Independent American MINI Magazine for ALL Mini & MINI owners around the world — has it handled.

 
Happy Motoring from the The Haus Team!

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Air Conditioning Service Special

 

 

We just purchased a brand new top of the line Snap-on  A/C machine so that we can provide you the best service possible. With so many things that can go wrong with your BMW or MINI Cooper’s air conditioning system it is important to get it checked annually. We are offering a service special to bring your A/C system back to peak performance. Our expert technicians will perform a thorough system evaluation that includes and in-depth assessment of your A/C system components, complete with recommendations if repairs are deemed necessary. This service ensures proper refrigerant levels through environmentally safe recovery and recharging to manufacturers specifications.

The A/C Recharge Service Package includes:

  • Quality service performed by certified technician
  • A/C system performance evaluation
  • Safe evacuation and recovery of old refrigerant and recharge to BMW/MINI specifications
  • Inspect air conditioning compressor drive belt
  • Clean dirt and debris from condenser fins
  • Outlet vent temperature analysis to determine system performance
  • Check for proper operation of HVAC system controls, blower motor, and engine cooling fan
  • Introduce ultraviolet dye and refrigerant into your A/C system to perform a black light inspection to verify system has no leaks
  • Cost of refrigerant is included (up to 1 pound)
  • This service is only offered for BMW & MINI Cooper vehicles

We are offering this service for the low price of $99.95

Please call The Haus @ 855-572-MINI (6464) to schedule an appointment.

 

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