Electric Power Steering Pump May Fail on Mini Cooper

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 99,316 (58,000–164,567)
6 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007
66 people reported this problem
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Complete failure of the power steering while I was driving around a corner - no prior warning whatsoever that anything was wrong with the car.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not fixed all was well went to start car would not start normally took several tries when started had absolutely no power steering. Going to the gym 3 times a day to be able to steer it.
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.
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.