BMW Mini Suspension- Has a Rear Suspension Collapse ? Due to bottom links.

Is this a common BMW Mini suspension fault ?

When I opened my garage doors on Saturday a dark green BMW Mini had been left in the car park overnight. The owner had left a note to say that she would be calling in that morning. At the time we had not noticed that the rear drivers BMW Mini Suspension was not straight but leaning in at the top.

BMW Mini Suspension

BMW Mini Suspensionpicture showing top and bottom links(off the car )

When we eventually got the BMW Mini on the ramp,(Saturday is a very busy day for tyre customers) we were astounded to find that the problem was caused by a broken bottom arm link, a part of the BMW Mini Suspension. The bottom link had completely snapped in two. This caused the wheel to pull in at the top making the car un-drivable.

This link is part of the cars multi-link system that is now common on modern vehicles such as the BMW Mini, and is used to give the cars independent suspension to all four corners of the car. The BMW Mini Suspension top and bottom links are part of that system. The lady customer can not remember running over any objects but with all the snow that has fallen in the Halifax area this winter, it is possible that she may have run over a large stone that was buried in the snow without knowing and snapped the link in two. This year has been a particularly bad year for broken springs and other suspension parts. The video that I have included in this post clearly shows the bottom link in action, it is the part that is a silver colour at the bottom of the BMW Mini suspension.

The new part has now been ordered and we will be fixing the BMW Mini this week.

More reading…

“Does multi-link suspension have any disadvantages? In short, yes… Such systems are more complex and incorporate more components, making them more expensive to design and produce. For this reason the systems were first introduced by luxury brands. That said, lower vehicle production costs and higher customer expectation have more recently seen the technology filter down to many large and mid-sized mainstream vehicles. Development of the multi-link suspension systems is ongoing. For example, Italian company Magneti Marelli (most famous for its auto electronics) is making significant headway in producing cost-effective multi-link systems for small cars. Its new designs incorporate flexible links, the benefits of which are said to allow fewer total parts, simplified bushing designs and reduced noise transmission into the passenger compartment”..http://www.carpoint.com.au/advice/2009/what-is-multilink-suspension-7533

BMW Mini Suspension

BMW Mini Suspension with its wheel “In at the top”

See the Mini bottom link on this YouTube Video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku37xauzYz0

This post was written by Eric Roberts..www.pellontyres.co.uk

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BMW MINI TYRES- 3 Millionth Engine built in the UK.

BMW MINI TYRES

BMW MINI TYRES;Three million BMW Mini engines built in Hams Hall Birmingham UK

 Of course, the success story for the BMW Mini just goes on and on. Hence, you have only to look on our roads.Thus, to see how many of these excellent cars are on our roads. Consequently, the factory

BMW MINI TYRES

BMW MINI TYRES;BMW Mini in for a brake service

where the BMW Mini is made. Is the first plant to be built outside of Germany. Of course, and is a compliment to all the people in Birmingham. Hence, with its great tradition of building good quality cars.Naturally, by a good quality workforce.

The factory that builds the BMW Mini is about 800 strong. Of course, and is expected to increase in size in the near future.

Last year (2011) . The British factory produced around 1.3 million new cars. This is expected to rise in 2012. This is a fantastic result. Therefore, it is anticipated that the UK car market. Thanks to the BMW Mini Coupe, will be a net exporter of cars for the first time since 1976 a great achievement for the British car market and their workers.

We at Pellon Autocentre love servicing and working on the new BMW Mini Countryman. They are a pleasure to work on and they have become a large part of our car servicing daily life. We are also a part of Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC) and can offer the best parts service and warranty to all the Mini owners.

An excellent article about the BMW Mini can be seen by clicking the link bellow.

BMW MINI TYRES

BMW MINI TYRES;bmw mini at a track day

http://servicingstopbmw.co.uk/bmw-models/bmw-bulids-3-millionth-engine-in-the-uk/

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

 

 

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres-Many drivers with older BMW Minis find the tyres Expensive?

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres-Many owners of BMW Minis are are just coming to terms with run flat tyres. Here in Halifax, we pride ourselves on our excellent client base, from mini drivers who trust us to carry out servicing on their cars. Trust is essential when it comes to advice about your car.

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres-Price is important when selecting the correct run flat tyres

A few years ago I could see the writing on the wall. Thus, regarding a popular car. BMW mini and the high cost of parts including BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres. Hence, when the cars were becoming second and third hand. This time has now arrived.Therefore, with drivers looking for Cheap Run Flat Tyres.

The original mini (British Leyland) were build, for the main masses of the population. Thus, to enable working class motorists to afford a good reliable little car. I myself have owned five minis (old type) in my time and loved them all. You could get the up-market minis. Such as the mini cooper. But you would expect to pay a higher price for such things as new tyres. The normal tyres for Mini Cars were 145×10 and they would cost the same price for years on end (except for inflation). You knew that if you went on to a mini cooper you would have to pay more, because the tyre size was 16570×10, Get what I am on about ?.

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

Then bringing us back to the present.hence, came the BMW mini. Naturally, a completely different animal. This car has all the modern gadgets on board. Hence, to help in the battle BMW Minis Run Flat Tyresagainst greenhouse gases. Therefore, is fitted with many things that were not dreamed of when the old minis were around.

Cars now have to be made much lighter and one of the things they started doing was to mess about with spare wheels, no spare tyre in the boot. This was a duel effect, in my opinion, it did lessen the weight of the car but it also cut the price of the by the price of the tyre and wheel, times this by millions and it comes to a major saving. Most BMW minis started to come out on what we now know as run flat tyres. This simply means that if you have a puncture the tyres will remain strong enough to get you to safety, providing you only drive at 50mph.

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

In my opinion, the theory of this idea is a good safety feature, the strength of the tyre does not allow the car to move, thus keeping the car in a straight line and avoiding other traffic. The problem occurs when the driver turns up at the local tyre centre.
ost run-flat tyres will not repair once they have had a puncture

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

The people that buy second and third hand BMW minis are usually young people, and mostly females and when they realise the cost of new BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres they freak out, some of the sizes now cost £180 each, that’s buying them online at cheap tyre prices.

Cheap BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres may be bought in budget brands but do not go for part worn  run flat tyres as it is more important to know where they have been and used for (the history) than normal tyres.

 

Eric Roberts

BMW Mini Wheel bearing-Our customer thought it was just tyre noise to start with?

BMW Mini Wheel bearing

BMW Mini Wheel bearing-This was one of those customers that are not your customer if you get what I mean. Let me explain? The owner of this BMW Mini wheel bearing problem had taken the car with its noise problem to two other garages, before finally bringing his car into us.

The first garage put the problem down to the tyres. They were Mini run-flat tyres, 205/45R17 and these tyres were fitted to the original alloy wheels. I personally think that the early Minis were noisy to drive. I thought it was the run-flat tyres, due to the fact that they are very stiff and hard tyres. These tyres have

BMW Mini Wheel bearing

BMW Mini Wheel bearing -Dale one of our mechanics stripping down the wheel bearing

strengthened sidewalls and are a different tread compound to give them the extra strength, for if a puncture occurs and the tyres are then driven to safety at 50 MPH.

BMW Mini Wheel bearing

The guy paid them for an hours labour and then moved to the second garage. They told him more or less the same. The tyres are noisy due to construction and noisy roads. The guy was still not happy and so came to us for our advice.

Pellon Auto centre, Halifax, Yorkshire, UK, have a large number of customers that own BMW Minis. We have come across customers with noise complaints before. We did, however, check the tyres and the tyre pressures and they were fine. The next step was the wheel bearings. This has been a common problem for us in the past.

Just as we suspected one BMW Mini Wheel bearing was found to have a little play in it. It did not look to be much, but with the weight of the car and the wheel turning then the noise would have been replicated many times.

We told the relieved customer and carried out the work on the wheel bearings. The outcome was a much quieter BMW Mini and a happy customer.