The MINI is a compact vehicle that does not miss out on luxury design, comfort, and performance. The MINI offers sleek angles and an interior that will always keep you comfortable for any drive. The fact that the MINI is compact means that you will have speed and handling ease.
When you own a MINI, you will want to ensure that the proper maintenance routine is followed. This will reduce the likelihood of any parts or components malfunctioning unexpectedly. One part that is not going to malfunction unexpectedly but will require immediate attention if damaged is the front radiator support. Below you will find information about what the radiator support does and how to go about repairing it in the event of damage.
What is the front radiator support?
An important part of your MINI is the radiator. The radiator is the part that keeps the engine at the optimal temperature for proper functioning. The radiator monitors the temperature of the engine at all times. The radiator ensures that the engine does not get too hot or too cold. Either of these scenarios will prove to be detrimental to your MINI.
In order to keep the radiator of you MINI functioning properly, it has a support system in place. The radiator support is the mechanism that will hold the radiator in place and protect it from any potential damage. Without the radiator support, your MINI will become susceptible to a potential malfunction in the engine-radiator assembly line. This is where the cooling system is able to effectively maintain engine temperature.
When the radiator support gets damaged, the radiator becomes susceptible to damage as well. Without the radiator support in place, the radiator is in danger of not being able to do its job properly. So if you get into a collision where the front of your MINI has been damaged, then it is possible that the radiator support has been damaged too. Any damage to the front radiator support of your MINI should be addressed by a professional mechanic as soon as possible in order for you to continue to drive safely.
Effects of a Damaged Radiator Support
The most likely way that the radiator support is going to get damaged is if your MINI gets into a collision with something like a car or something stationary object, like a pole or a wall. Once the damage is done, if it is not repaired or replaced immediately, there are some consequences that will happen to your MINI over time.
The first and most common problem is that the engine will overheat. In addition to supporting the radiator, the support mechanism also houses the cooling fans. So once these are damaged, there will be no way for your MINI to cool down the engine.
Another issue that can happen to your MINI if the radiator support remains without repair is that there will be a leak in the coolant. The coolant is what is used to keep the engine at a cool temperature. Without the coolant, there will be nothing to maintain the engine temperature and this can lead to overheating.
Repairing the Damaged Front Radiator Support
If the front radiator support gets damaged, you will want to have this repaired as soon as possible. Repairing the radiator support is going to depend on how significant the damage is. Any and all repairs that are going to be made of the radiator support is going to take time and be very complex. If the damage is small, then it is possible to repair and restore the radiator support. However, this will take a lot of mechanical labor and effort.
Usually, many technicians and MINI owners will choose to replace the entire radiator support because it could end up being slightly less expensive. When the radiator support needs replacing, it is because it has been severely bent or damaged. Special tools and equipment are required to perform the proper replacement.
Take your MINI to a Professional
The moment your MINI’s radiator support mechanism becomes damaged, you should take it into a professional to be inspected and repaired. At Import Motorworx, we have highly-trained technicians that will properly inspect your MINI.
We are conveniently accessible from the areas of Lawndale, Culver City, West Los Angeles, and South Bay, CA. It is easy to schedule an appointment at one of our locations to ensure your MINI is given the proper maintenance time. We strive for excellent customer service, and our top priority is to keep you safe while driving your MINI. We will always use the latest and up to date equipment to service your MINI, without charging you dealership prices. You will drive away feeling happy and satisfied with the service you have received.