My power steering started acting up on the weekend, so I decided to get Rolfe Classic look at it and see what the problem was. I thought it might be low fluid levels.
Well that wasn't the problem.
They checked the fluid levels and they were fine, so they decided to put it up on the hoist and take a look underneath.
Guess what they found.
The contacts to the electric motor were corroded and the cooling fan had ceased. ( yes, there is a small electric fan under there to cool the motor ) The wiring harness was also shorting.
The mechanic said that the contacts must have gotten wet at some time and this started the corrosion.
So in the light of some of you guys taking your mini's for a little paddle not long ago, I thought I'd better warn you to check underneath and make sure your power steering is nice and dry.
Have you tried steering without power steering. The mini might be small, but boy is it hard to turn manually. Luckily I lose the power steering when the car is moving slowly and I can control it. I might be building up my arms though.