Signs My MINI Cooper Has Electrical Problems

Constantly blowing fuses is just one sign that your MINI Cooper has electrical problems. Changing the fuses in your Cooper should only need to be done on rare occasions. Eurozone Motors lists the other signs that your vehicle has electrical problems below.

Burning Smells

If your MINI Cooper’s electrical system is overheating on its own or being overheated by hot engine parts, you may smell the wire insulation being burned away from the wires. This odor smells like burning plastic or burning rubber. You may also smell hot electricity if one of the electrical components in your Cooper’s engine has shorted out.

Dimming Lights

Another sign that your MINI Cooper has an electrical problem is dimming or flickering lights. This could be any of the lights on your automobile, including the dashboard light or the overhead light. Most people notice dimming lights at night while they are driving because they find it harder to see because the headlights are not as bright.

Electronic Malfunction

Your vehicle’s electrical system powers all of the electrical components in the automobile. This includes things such as your power windows, power seats, stereo system, and GPS. If any of these things start to malfunction or don’t work at all, the likely cause of the problem is an electrical issue. You may receive some type of warning before a component dies, such as your power windows taking more time to open and close.

Corroded Battery

Your MINI Cooper’s battery is at the heart of the electrical system. If it is dying, it may begin to leak battery acid and this will cause the battery cables and the terminals to which they are connected to corrode. At a minimum, this is a sign that you need a new battery, but it can also be a sign that there is an electrical problem that is sending too much voltage into the battery.

Starting Problems

Finally, if your vehicle is having an electrical problem, you may not be able to get your MINI Cooper started. In fact, it’s possible that you won’t be able to get the engine to turn over. This can be a sign of a dead battery or a problem with your vehicle’s alternator, the electrical system part that is responsible for keeping the battery charged.

Whether you drive a MINI Cooper or other European automobile, you can count on Eurozone Motors in Burbank, CA, to take care of all of your automotive service and repair needs. This includes your vehicle’s electrical system.

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