Reasons Behind Mushrooming Shock Towers in Mini Cooper
The Mini Cooper is a historic and famous car that drivers from all over the world love and cherish. Even with it being such a reliable and well-made vehicle, the Mini Cooper may still experience some issues from time to time.
It is known that the Mini Cooper is a well-built vehicle and that is it pretty heavy in terms of weight for its size. This can be both a good and a bad thing. Since the Mini Cooper is pretty heavy and has a fairly low suspension, some owners notice a mushrooming effect on the upper strut towers after driving on rough road. This deformity will occur over time and can create some problems for your vehicle. The deformation issue applies to Mini Coopers that were produced from the year 2002 to the year 2006. This issue may be a concern depending on your location and the conditions you will be driving in.
Deforming Shock Towers on Your Mini
Located on the front suspension of your vehicle, the shock towers on your vehicle can deform if exposed to driving over potholes or other rough terrain repeatedly. This will create a mushrooming effect on the strut towers that can affect the handling of your vehicle when driving. It may also lead to excessive wear on your tires, causing you to have to replace them more frequently. The sheet metal deforms where the front shock absorber is located. When the car is being designed, the engineers work hard to make sure the weight of the vehicle isn’t too much and that it is evenly spread throughout the car. However, in some cases, the weight is still a bit much on the shock towers, resulting in the mushrooming deformity.
The simplest way to assess if you have an issue with your shock towers to look at it with your own eyes. If you see any curvature then you likely have a deformation to the shock towers. The towers should be entirely flat. If you do not trust your eyes, use a straightedge ruler to determine if the surface is completely flat.
If you do not feel like you are able to determine if you have this issue on your own, you should visit a trusted mechanic who will be able to tell you if your vehicle has any deformation of the shock towers. They will be able to determine what the best course of action in order to repair the towers and to prevent any further damage from occurring on your vehicle.
How to Repair Shock Towers
The best way to repair the strut towers on your Mini Cooper is to purchase reinforcement plates. Using these plates will make the strut towers more rigid, which will help minimize any deformity that might occur. Adding a brace will help prevent any further mushrooming effects and will make sure that the stress is evenly dispersed. However, before adding the replacement parts you must first unbend the existing struts. It is recommended that you add the parts prior to even experiencing any issues. It is a preventative measure that will be better for your vehicle in the long run and won’t be as frustrating of a problem to fix.
How We Can Help
If you think you may be experiencing the mushrooming effect on your shock towers, it is important that you get the issue repaired in order to avoid further damage to your vehicle. If you do not feel comfortable replacing the part on your own, you should visit a trusted mechanic that has experience in repairs relating to a Mini Cooper, as these vehicles have some very specific needs that should be catered to carefully.
At Automotive Imports, we have mechanics that are trained to deal with these types of issues and can help repair and identify problems with your vehicle. We are convenient to people who live in or around Boulder, Lakewood, Centennial, Westminster, Littleton, and Denver, CO. If you would like to schedule an appointment for repair or would like to find out more about other services we offer, visit our website or call our office, where a representative will be more than happy to assist.
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