I had to send my MINI in for repairs. I am having a strange problem with the power steering. It only operates intermittently. It seems that after I drive for 10-15 minutes it goes away. I understand the car has a speed based steering assist. That is, the faster you go the less it assists. Does anyone know how this works?
My dealer is 200 miles away. When I contacted them about the problem they suggested I call MINI Roadside Assistance. They said they would pick the car up, which they did, but said it was between me and the dealer to get the car back. Has anyone had a similar experience and did the dealer assist in reuniting you with your car? I could have driven the car up there, but would have had to take days off of work and they said they would probably have to order parts.
Cooper S - Chili Red w/Black
The road goes on forever and the party never ends.
I wonder if this is a fault with the power steering cooling fan? There is another thread for this - apparently a small plastic fan, which is fairly vulnerable, directs air at the steering pump to keep it cool. It could be that yours isn't working, the pump overheats and then cuts out?
Just a thought...
Fan can apparently be seen at the base of the engine bay towards the rear when looking from underneath...
At a meet yesterday we were discussing the power steering fan and winter driving. Anyone know if we're going to need a skidplate installed this winter along with snow tires?
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Iím with MINI Division. Iím sorry to read about your problem with your power steering. It sounds like your dealer is right on top of this problem, but if you need our help, please give us a call at (866) ASK MINI.
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