I heard that news on BBC the other day, us are now investigating Mini Coopers (04/05 Reg) for unexpected loss of power steering. (Read more: U.S. examining Mini Cooper steering )
I got the 04 Cooper, when I took it for service last month, they told me that the power steering pump and pipes require replacement, which will cost £1,000. I know power steering repairs are expensive, but the car isn't really that old.
They said the car is still safe to drive, but I can hear a lot of noise from the pump once the car is turned on which is very annoying.
Just want to know has any one in the UK had problems with the power steering?
The risk is only "potential" and there are plenty of other reasons why your power steering might fail. If it was a widespread problem, a much larger percentage of the 223,000 customers mentioned by MINI would be kicking up a fuss.
That said, there are a few threads on here discussing the topic in some depth.
There is no need to spend £1000 on fixing a MINI power steering pump, any good independent garage or DIYer can replace with a recon pump in around 2 hours.........unless you ignore the problem and then leave a faulty pump running continuously with the ignition off. When it overheats further damage is done to the wiring loom and the overheated PS fluid damages the seals inside the steering rack causing a far more expensive job in labour and parts.
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