It worked!!!! Thank you!
We took off the pump and sent it to BBA.Reman (BBA reman. ABS, ecu's, throttle bodies, air mass meters, and catalytic converters
) and for $200 they remanufactured it. We put it back on yesterday and the steering problem is resolved.
1) Purchased Mini Cooper book for repairs (MINI Cooper Parts & Accessories Including BMW MINI & Cooper S Performance Parts at MiniCarParts.net
), it is not sold in the States per se as it is based on a right hand drive but the engine component pieces are spot on. ($23)
2) Bought Pentosin, new bolts, and hose clips (we bought regular screwdriver tighten ones from Pep Boys as the factory clips sucked and were cheesy) Cost: $30
3) Cost to ship removed pump: $20 via UPS ground. Cost to ship back from Massachusetts (BBA): $10. We added the insurance for $5 since they had a special on next day air to California from Mass.
NOTE: Pump is guaranteed for as long as I own my Mini.
4) Tools we used for the job:
10 and 13mm sockets, Phillips and flathead screwdriver, awl for
removing those horrible clips, torque wrench, star shaped screwdriver.
Notes on removal: three bolts connecting the bracket to the car, and four from the bracket to the pump.
You will need to raise your Mini pretty high to do this job. We had to use several 2 x 4s and a floor jack to get the car up high enough to put it on ramps. Standard ramps have too much of an angle and the spoiler will hit and you can't drive it up.
You will also need a large receptacle to catch all the Pentosin. An oil change plastic container will do.
This job was challenging, but it is doable. Remember to bleed your pump once you replace and refill Pentosin by turning your wheel at a stop left all the way then right several times.