Just picked up a 2012 Countryman S FWD (Auto). After much waiting and anticipation on getting the right MINI for my wife...we have a problem with a bad vibration on the highway. There was a few posts a while back about this issue, but looking for any recent insight into this. We took it to the dealer right away - 4 days later no resolution. They have aligned the car, re-balanced the wheels, switched wheels and tires from another Countryman. Yet the vibration continues. It sounds like they might start tearing into the car - axle possibly next. I hate to see this....does anyone have ideas about this? The dealer has reached out to their "experts", but a waiting game now. Thanks in advance.
My wife's countryman picked up a vibration after 6K miles and I found it to be the front right tyre. Pulled tyres and rotated to rear and vibration stopped as it's harder to feel in rear. Looked closely at tyre and found a flat spot in center. You will have to remove tyre and feel around tread and look for a difference in depth. Tyre balances perfect so not an option. DSC can make tyres skip and flat spot. Best to rotate often. Might not be your exact problem, but might be something to look for.
Charlie Croker ,BRG 03 Cooper S, SCCA Solo, PDX, Time Trials, RoadRally, and Stella, 011 Oxford Grn Countryman S
Have they tried balancing the wheels on the car? I doubt it, this would then rule out things such as a brake disc, I know its possible for a vented disc to have something still left in the vents from the casting process, piece of slag, cant be seen easily but will put the disc out of balance?
Thanks for the replies. The did balance the wheels on the car, but I don't know if they checked the vented disc for imperfections. That is a good idea to check. I will contact the dealer for an update tomorrow and ask about the brake disks also.
Just a quick follow up. The dealer tried new axles and this cured the problem. So they ordered 2 new front axles - right and left. Replaced both even though the vibration was from one side only. Now installed and all is well according to my wife. Thanks again for those with replies and suggestions.
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