Ways To Fix Acceleration Stumble in Your MINI
Acceleration stumbling can be a frightening phenomenon to experience in your usually-punchy and corner-hugging MINI. This problem can cause engine damage and lead to an increased rate of engine misfires. It is important to know how to recognize acceleration stumbles to avoid further damage and to keep you safe behind the wheel of your versatile MINI. Let’s discuss common causes and symptoms so you can discuss these with your professional MINI technician for repairs and servicing.
Signs of Acceleration Stumbling in MINI
When you accelerate, you expect a responsive punch of power to propel your MINI forward on demand. However, with acceleration stumbling, your engine could experience a misfire, which can feel like a hesitation or as if your engine is stumbling to get going. This can range from an annoyance to a genuine safety issue, if you are crossing traffic and need to quickly accelerate out of harm’s way. Your MINI should move forward smoothly in response to how much pressure you apply to the gas pedal. If you notice any type of hesitation or this stumbling feeling, it is important to take your MINI in for service.
Common Causes of Acceleration Stumbling
In general, acceleration stumbling can be caused by one of two problems: faulty fuel injectors or TPS failure. These issues can have a trickle-down effect on other parts of your MINI, so while fixing the issue is essential, you need to be prepared to invest in multiple repairs if necessary. Let’s take a closer look at the two main culprits of acceleration stumbling:
Faulty Fuel Injection System
Without your fuel injectors, your engine would have no way of receiving gas. Fuel injectors are far more complicated than just dumping fuel inside the engine. The fuel injectors are actually precise components which are able to add fuel at the correct pressure and spray pattern needed for optimal engine function. Over time, your fuel injectors can get clogged by debris and deposits found in fuel from gas stations. This buildup can affect the function of your fuel injectors, resulting in acceleration stumbling.
TPS or ‘Throttle Position Sensor’ failure will cause an imbalance of air and fuel inside the engine. This will create a mixture that is far more difficult to ignite or burn, causing difficulty in acceleration as well as increased fuel consumption. Not only will you notice this in engine performance, but it will negatively impact your wallet at the fuel pumps, too.
Prevent Accleration Stumbling
It is common for troubles with acceleration stumbling to quickly lead to further engine issues due to how much stress and strain this phenomenon puts upon the engine. Therefore, you should always aim to prevent this issue from occurring:
- Take your MINI to specialists for routine servicing where they can inspect for this issue.
- Regularly inspect maintaining your fuel system, which is integral to avoiding this problem.
- Adhere to your MINI’s recommended maintenance schedule.
- Take immediate action when faced with acceleration stumbling to avoid more costly issues over time.
Complete Automotive Systems
Keeping on top of the good practices listed above can limit your chances of ever needing to deal with acceleration stumbling. By utilizing a routine maintenance plan, you can avoid most costly repairs borne out of negligence.
Of course, you can take a more active role in the health of your MINI by cleaning the fuel injectors at home, but this requires specialist tools and some motoring know-how. So unless you have prior experience or are an enthusiast looking to learn this process, you are better off letting our professionals take care of the issue. In addition, you will also have the bonus of complete peace of mind from our expert help. We offer a warranty on all parts as proof of our confidence in the work we do.
As a member of the communities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, Brentwood, and Santa Monica, CA, you can always rely on the knowledgeable services offered by our dedicated staff at Complete Automotive Systems. You will get the peace of mind with our 12-month/12,000-mile warranty, too. Call us today or come by to speak with one of our friendly technicians about your MINI today. We look forward to meeting you.