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: 97,604 (58,000–164,567)
6 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007
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2005 Mini Cooper 107,600 mi,
I shut off my car at the ignition but the pump kept running so I had to disconnect the battery
2004 Mini Cooper 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.
2002 Mini Cooper 132,000 mi,
Power steering pump stuck in the running mode, and had to be disconnected.
2005 Mini Cooper 89,000 mi,
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 Cooper 103,000 mi,
Power steering intermittent failure
2006 Mini Cooper 81,700 mi,
My steering wheel has become vary hard to turn and use.
2006 Mini Cooper 66,875 mi,
power steering just quit working driving down the highway
2004 Mini Cooper 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.
2004 Mini Cooper 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.
2002 Mini Cooper 97,846 mi,
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.
2003 Mini Cooper 69,400 mi,
Received letter in the mail about national recall. I immediately called dealer. They order the parts and after a couple days they called back to set appointment. Recall performed by Mini dealer on the same day they called me to schedule service. 1.5 hours waiting and they installed brand new electronic pump, electric fan, topped off fluids, inflated tires and reset TPSM at no cost. My Mini came looking brand spanking new fully washed. Thank you Schaumburg Mini dealer.
2002 Mini Cooper 115,555 mi,
Power steering stop working while driving. I stop shut the egnition off the turn the car on sometimes power steering will come on then stop working after a few minutes. I haven't taken to a shop yet into im sure what is the problem even though it sounds like a power steering pump.
2002 Mini Cooper 125,300 mi,
Found due to rattling noise while driving. Discovered by my mechanic when took it in for repair.
The steering got to hard 2002 mini cooper
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.
2004 Mini Cooper 58,000 mi,
Power steering intermittently failing. Diagnosed electric steering pump faulty.
2004 Mini Cooper 150,000 mi,
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 Cooper 98,000 mi,
Diagnosed by repair facility. Radiator and cooling fan failure as well, which was fixed. Not yet replaced as very expensive to repair
2004 Mini Cooper 99,000 mi,
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 Cooper 105,000 mi,
My power steering pump went out at 105,000 in 2013. The vehicle was assembled in June 2006.