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: 94,864 (58,000–150,000)
6 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007
36 people reported this problem
20 people shared problem details
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 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 Cooper103,000
Power steering intermittent failure
2005 Mini Cooper107,600
I shut off my car at the ignition but the pump kept running so I had to disconnect the battery
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mini Cooper98,000
First the fan started to go so I had it replaced in early April. Today I'm told the pump has died and has to be replaced. I'm going to have spent about $5,000 on maintenance over a 12 month period. Not too happy right now (though I usually love my car). (I'm up in Toronto, Canada but need to put a US Zip Code on here)
2004 Mini Cooper65,000
My Husband drives a 2004 Mini Coooper and 3 months after he bought it uesd the power steering pump went out. The Mini dealership wanted 1300 to fix it, the dealer we got it from said he'd WORK with us on the price to fix it.... We still have yet to fix it. This morning he goes out and it turns over once, all lights go on and then it all goes dark and quiet... I go in to the front to the engine fuse box and pull the engine fuse and the ignition fuse and then he tries it again. There ya go....it started.... I love the car but it's a pain in the neck!!!!
2005 Mini Cooper90,000
power steering just went out,not fixed yet
2004 Mini Cooper64,845
power steering pump failed
2004 Mini Cooper60,000
am replacing the fan and pump...no fun to drive without ps...although I have.
2005 Mini Cooper125,000
just finished spending 2200.00 for a new clutch. 2 days after that, the power steering pump failed to turn off after the ignition is disengaged. each time i stop, i have to unhook the battery or it will go dead. estimated repair is 1100
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