Electric Power Steering Pump May Fail on Mini Cooper

Minis have an electric power steering pump that is prone to failure. When replacing the pump, our technicians advise inspecting the cooling fan because it is often the cause of the failure of the pump.

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Average mileage: 96,677 (58,000–164,567)
6 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007
43 people reported this problem
26 people shared problem details
2005 Mini Cooper107,600
I shut off my car at the ignition but the pump kept running so I had to disconnect the battery
2002 Mini Cooper132,000
Power steering pump stuck in the running mode, and had to be disconnected.
2004 Mini Cooper68,000
Complete failure of the power steering while I was driving around a corner - no prior warning whatsoever that anything was wrong with the car.
2005 Mini Cooper89,000
Steering wheel locks up intermittently. Took it to the dealership today. They're checking to see if it is the pump. I should hear back from them later today.
2004 Mini Cooper103,000
Power steering intermittent failure
2004 Mini Cooper60,000
The power steering pump is making a lot of noise, so I had a shop check it out. Power steering pump is toast (although still operating) and it is due to the fan not running properly. Estimated cost to repair is $1300.
2006 Mini Cooper66,875
power steering just quit working driving down the highway
2004 Mini Cooper80,100
Not fixed yet - very hot day. I parallel parked and as I was pulling away from the curb I felt a tightening of the wheel.
I replaced the power steering pump but is still making a humming noise when I turn left to right or when I turn the car off can you help explain this please call me at 310 489-4888 my name is angel help
2002 Mini Cooper97,846
Cooling fan failure in August of 2014, power steering also failed...but began working again once fan was replaced. In January of 2015, alternator failed, and again, no power steering. Once alternator was repaired, power steering worked. In May of 2015, power steering failed abruptly right after leaving our driveway.
2004 Mini Cooper104,045
Power steering pump works intermittently Waiting for recall the Mini power steering pump failed, works intermittently. NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V660000
The steering got to hard 2002 mini cooper
2004 Mini Cooper65,428
not fixed as of yet
ALL THE DASH LIGHTS COME ON, THEN THE POWER STEERING PUMP WENT OUT. Took the battery to Batteries Plus had a dead cell. New battery, still doing the same thing. Brought it to Mini Cooper they say its the Alternator not sure if I believe that. They wanted 1000.00 to replace.
2005 Mini Cooper98,000
If i sit in one spot after 1 minute or so the power steering goes away
2004 Mini Cooper58,000
Power steering intermittently failing. Diagnosed electric steering pump faulty.
2004 Mini Cooper150,000
The vehicle make noise when the key is off. Found power steering pump staying on and the pump control module was faulty. Replace power steering, drain the coolant, replace thermostat assemble, replace oil pan gasket, remove valve cover and clean and replace gaskets.
2006 Mini Cooper98,000
Diagnosed by repair facility. Radiator and cooling fan failure as well, which was fixed. Not yet replaced as very expensive to repair
2004 Mini Cooper99,000
Steering pump failure a few times. Once when car was turned offit would continue to make noise and power steerinfG kept running despite car being off. Had to drive around the block to get it to stop. Now it's been fine for a few months but im waiting for it to happen again. Mini dealership had done a repair on the steering about 5 years ago so they wouldn't do it again although the first repair was done n/cueca use it was a factory recall.
2006 Mini Cooper105,000
My power steering pump went out at 105,000 in 2013. The vehicle was assembled in June 2006.
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