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.
Car Problem Reports
Mini Cooper S Electric Power Steering Pump May Fail
Mini Cooper S Problem
Average Mileage: 59,096 mi (34,000 mi - 80,000 mi)
Visitor, 2004 Mini Cooper S, 59,875 mi
Mine happened when I replaced the battery, the electric locks stopped working and power steering, replaced one fuse for the
locks, now it opens the doors but will not lock.
Pump was making a whining noise that would change pitch when the steering wheel was turned. Replaced pump. Would be interested to know more about the above comment on WHY the engine cooling fan may be a contributing factor to this pump failing?
Visitor, 2003 Mini Cooper S
Had to replace the power steering pump and pump cooling fan at approx. 56,000 miles. Also had to replace the cooling fan at the same time. The power steering pump fan and the cooling fan again failed at approx. 82,000 miles. In addition, the clutch for the A/C compressor failed at approx. 57,000 miles. Was seriously considering buying a newer model Mini but I'm not so sure that I want another one!
Visitor, 2006 Mini Cooper S, 60,000 mi
Power steering pump would not cut off and drained electrcial system. Pump was replaced.
Power steering pump completely went on me. Going to replace it with a refurb/rebuilt this spring...
Started to get stiff when cold started, then the pump stay on after key off and drain battery, replaced with original Mini Electric Power Steering Pump.
Visitor, 2004 Mini Cooper S, 60,000 mi
Failed power steering pump. Replace with rebuilt.
Visitor, 2003 Mini Cooper S, 80,000 mi
Power steering was going in and out for awhile. Then it completely went out draining my battery when I shut the car off because the fan would stay on.
Visitor, 2003 Mini Cooper S, 79,000 mi
Power sterring pump stopped working. Steering became very stiff. Replaced by dealership