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Mini Cooper Electric Power Steering Pump May Fail

Mini Cooper Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Average Mileage: 85,495 mi (60,000 mi - 132,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 68,000 mi

    Complete failure of the power steering while I was driving around a corner - no prior warning whatsoever that anything was wrong with the car.

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  • Visitor, , 132,000 mi

    Power steering pump stuck in the running mode, and had to be disconnected.

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 105,000 mi

    My power steering pump went out at 105,000 in 2013. The vehicle was assembled in June 2006.

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  • Visitor, , 80,100 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 98,000 mi

    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)

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    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 started.... I love the car but it's a pain in the neck!!!!

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    power steering just went out,not fixed yet

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  • Visitor, , 64,845 mi

    power steering pump failed

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    am replacing the fan and fun to drive without ps...although I have.

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