Your Mini is a unique, customizable, fuel-efficient vehicle. If you are suddenly unable to use your fuel gauge to know how much gas you have left in the tank, it really doesn’t matter how many miles to the gallon you get, as you might find yourself stranded!
Although the gauge is often ignored until it reads low, informing you that a trip to the gas station is needed, the fuel gauge is an essential component of your vehicle’s fuel system. There is also a valid safety concern if it does not accurately display the level of fuel remaining. Think about suddenly running out of gas in traffic and being unable to move out of the way of fast moving vehicles.
Let’s go over some of the reasons your fuel gauge might be faulty in your Mini, signs of failure, and what should be done about it.
Why Does Mini’s Fuel Gauge Fail
- Wiring problems: If the wiring for the fuel gauge is damaged or broken in some way, such as cracked, corroded, etc., your fuel gauge might not work correctly, if it works at all. This is because the electrical connection is severed or interrupted in some way. Without proper signaling, it is impossible for your Mini to display accurate fuel remaining.
- Fuses: If a fuse is blown, the gauge might not work right. This, too, relates to the integrity of the electrical system. Fuses are known to blow from time to time, so it is important to have these inspected regularly. Although they are hidden from view and easily forgotten about, their failure can lead to problems with your Mini running right or even running at all, in addition to problems with fuel readings.
- Fuel gauge sending unit: If this unit is not working properly, it is very likely the fuel gauge itself will malfunction. The fuel gauge sending unit is normally found in the fuel tank itself, and it uses electrical current to monitor how much fuel is left in the tank, then sends that signal to the gauge. Upon failure, you might notice your fuel gauge appears inaccurate, or might even display strange activity such as fluctuation in your fuel readings. For example, the needle pointing to 3 quarters of a tank then suddenly dropping to a half tank reading despite not using any gas.
- Gauge voltage: Your fuel gauge depends on a certain amount of voltage in order to function properly. If this voltage is off, then your gauge will not work correctly.
As can be gleaned from the above reasons, the electrical system is the culprit in each case. However, while the problem can be narrowed down to one system, there is still the conundrum of figuring out which part of the electrical system is causing the failure of the fuel gauge.
Note that working on an electrical system in general is hazardous, and even more so without the proper tools and training. It is best to allow a professional to examine your Mini’s electrical system when you notice problems with your fuel gauge to ensure a safe and proper inspection. This also protects you from possible personal injury or if you have a newer Mini, warranty voiding due to working on the vehicle yourself.
Hagan’s Motor Pool for your Mini’s Fuel Gauge Repair and Other Needs
Hagan’s Motor Pool serves the New Hampshire regions of Alton, Barrington, Berwick, Dover, and Rochester. We are a leading German service and sales center in Rochester, NH, using the latest tools and equipment to work on your MINI and other German vehicles.
We are a veteran-owned and operated business, and offer discounts on repairs for veterans. Every customer will receive honest, high quality service. Our work comes with a 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty, and all parts also come with a manufacturer warranty, so you rest assured that your Mini will be in good condition.
We are located at 152 Farmington Road in Rochester, NH. Please call (603) 332-6822 to schedule an appointment! Our hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM. While our sales department is open on Saturdays, please keep in mind that the service department is closed on weekends.