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Old Dec 27th, 2013, 03:05 PM
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Power steering not working & Battery light on (This is a strange one!)

Hi guys,

so I know this has been asked before countless times but I noticed most of these issues where solved by replacing either the alternator, battery or power steering pump. However my issue might not be this.

Ok so about 6 weeks ago I replaced the gearbox on my 2002 Cooper due to it becoming noisy (A common fault apparently) Anyway when I first started the car when I replaced the box the battery light was on and there was no power steering but it DID work prior with no issues at all. So I took it down the road switched it off and turned it back on. The pump started straight away and I again went down the road. The battery light then started to flicker on/off before being on constantly. When I restarted the car again there was no PAS and the battery light stayed on. So I ignored the problem for the weekend and tried it again and it worked no problem yet again.

So it was no problem for about 5 weeks until now. The problem has come back and I can't get it to go away! I've checked every fuse I can and all the connections, even the 100 amp fuse in the engine compartment thats for the power steering. All seems fine. The battery is also charging no problem at north of 13.5 volts and i've tried another battery on and the issue is still there.

Due to the light originally flickering could this be just a loose connection somewhere? If so where would it be? I understand these Mini's have a 'Sense' wire so if the ecu seems the battery is not charging, it will not activate the pas since its such a high power pump, could this again be the problem?


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i would check all ur grounds that u took off i had a similar issue when i changed the clutch in my 08 fiesta i missed one grounding strap and it sent the car mental stuff working and not working as it made contact and then moved put the strap back on to the bell housing and all was fine after
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