Mini Coopers are uniquely-designed vehicles, because they feature a high amount of power in a compact build. Many people tend to underestimate the high-quality performance that Mini Coopers offer their drivers. This is why it is fun and thrilling to drive a Mini Cooper. They pack that unexpected punch and give a shot of adrenaline to your driving experience.
The best way to keep your Mini in the high-quality that you are used to is to take note of how your vehicle works. You need to know how to identify an unwanted sound or a piece of technology that is acting faulty. When you know what to expect from your vehicle, you will know when your vehicle is acting strange.
Even when you take the proper maintenance steps, there are still times when parts can unexpectedly go faulty. One such part is the fuel gauge. Keep reading to find out more information about the fuel gauge, what signs to look for if you are suspecting a faulty fuel gauge, and how to properly deal with it.
The Function of the Fuel Gauge
The fuel gauge is one of the many indicators that is located on the dashboard of your Mini. The fuel gauge tells you how much fuel your vehicle has in its tank. The fuel gauge gets its reading from the fuel gauge sender.
The fuel gauge sender, also known as the fuel sending unit, is located inside of the fuel tank and is what sends the signal that officially tells the fuel gauge the correct position.
The fuel gauge sender is made up of an arm, float, and resistor. The float is designed to sit on top of the fuel that is in the tank and will lower as the amount of fuel in the tank decreases. In addition to this, the arm and float work together to move the resistor as the fuel decreases so there is always a proper reading on the dashboard.
Signs of a Faulty Fuel Gauge in Your Mini
The level that the fuel gauge displays on your dashboard is ultimately controlled by the fuel sending unit inside of the fuel tank. So when you notice an issue with the fuel gauge, then you know there is an issue with the fuel sending unit as well. The issues you may experience are discussed below so you will have an idea as to what to look for if you suspect a faulty fuel gauge.
The first sign of a faulty fuel gauge is the fuel gauge behaving erratically. The fuel gauge will slowly head toward the “E” for empty as you drive your Mini. It then only goes to “F” for full after you have put gas in the tank. When you notice that the gauge is jumping from half a tank to three-quarters of a tank then down to a quarter, you know that the fuel gauge is faulty.
The second sign to look for is if the fuel gauge gets stuck on empty. This is one of the most common signs of a faulty fuel gauge. This occurs when the float has broken in the fuel tank. Once broken, it sinks to the bottom. So, even if the tank is full, the arm and the resistor have a constant reading of empty because the float is sitting at the bottom of the fuel tank.
One last sign you should be aware of is the fuel gauge stuck in the full position. This is a less likely possibility, but it is still one you should know about. When the fuel gauge gets stuck in the full position, the fuel sending unit is faulty because it is not sending the proper information. This means that the fuel sending unit will need to be repaired or replaced, depending on the condition of the unit.
Dealing with the Faulty Fuel Gauge
Having a faulty fuel gauge can leave you nervous about running out of gas. If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs, it is best to bring your Mini into us for inspection and diagnostics at Hagan’s Motor Pool.
We are easily accessible from the areas of Alton, Barrington, Berwich, Dover, and Rochester, NH. Our technicians are ASE certified, so you know that they will provide your Mini with the best service and repair possible so you can feel confident in the work that was done when you leave our shop. Call us today to make a convenient appointment so we can service your vehicle and you can return to driving with confidence.