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I have a Mini Cooper on a 53 plate and the power steering is causing me problems. Basically when the engine is relatively cold the power steering is ok when you start the car, but once the engine is hot and you turn the engine off and start it again, the power steering does not work. then if you leave it to cool down for about 30mins. and try again the power steering works again. not once has the power steering failed whilst driving the car, only when the engine is turned off and started again, say when you go for petrol. Do I need a new motor or is it something else?

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Sounds like the pump control electronics are failing when hot, new or reconditioned pump or a clean out inside sometimes works if you are good with DIY mechanics!
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2 possible sources of failure caused by connectors (free fix! ):
- the connectors on the pump itself (1xpower, 1xsignal connector). Access from under the car (not easy).
- obscure but true: Check the connectors on the back of the alternator. A faulty signal can cause the computer to do odd things like thinking the engine is stopped (yes, I've had this happen). Access is from above but I had to take off the manifold (even harder).

Beyond that could be new pump time?? Never met an owner that hasn't had power steering trouble.

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