Cooper S

Electric Power Steering Pump May Fail on Mini Cooper S

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: 82,731 (34,000–200,000)
6 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007
35 people reported this problem
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Daughters car battery was drained. She heard a whirring sound when shut off. Jump started and heard power steering pump whining and did not shut off with key removed. Had to disconnect battery.
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?
gave out 3-4 months after we bought the car. Now we are having issues with the clutch and the fan.... They wanted 1700 to replace the power steering pump at the dealership even though they know its a common problem. Now I hear the same issues are with the fan and clutch makes me wonder if the Maker of the cars aren't just trying to milk more money out of the mini owners for pieces of crap european cars....
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.
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!
Driving down the road... Power steering fails. Can't turn. Very stiff. Comes, and goes... Mostly gone, soo when it does come back, it scares the crap outta you. As quickly as it comes back... It goes again. Feels very reckless, and scary!!!
The power steering shut off when your are driving and the steering wheel get hard to move specially in the curve.
Alternator AND Power Steering pump failed. Both replaced at foreign car specialist for $1987 total with tax, parts & labor.
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.
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.