Hi, I bought a 2002 Cooper S at start of Jan. The steering started to get heavy then it would be ok then stopped working altogether. I bought a new power steering pump which this was fitted to the car and i got my car back friday it was making the normal 'mini' noise but i still found it not as light as i hoped, or thought maybe thats how they are? It loosened up nicely and was driving great up till last night.
This morning after heating up outside i jumped in to find it to be like having no power steering again! On the way down the road whilst creeping along in traffc i heard what sounded like something powering up then the power steering worked! then another sound like it was dying and then it went all heavy again
I rang the shop i bought thereplacement pump from who says that id have to pay for another one in full, they would send back one currently on the car to a place who would test it, if it comes back as faulty (which could take 3 weeks) only at that point i would get a refund.
Should the fan spin when the engine is turned over strait away? When new pump fitted fan wasnt spinning when turned over. Called mini garage who said thats fine as temp controlled.
If the fan was faulty originally, could that have been the cause of the 1st pump failing and then blown the new one within 50 miles max? We will be checking to see if there's power there..
There is a power steering pipe under the car which is wet all the way along and seeping. However the fluid is still at max level could this affect the pump? The mini garage say this pipe is £225
The parts are expensive and i am concerned that taking the part off the car to send back to the shop could be hasty as it could come back as non faulty then im liable to pay out for 2 pumps.
Any ideas peeps??