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Feb 17th, 2015 12:32 PM
Gizmotech Hi all, I dismantle my steering pump yesterday as it was leaking. I found that in between the impeller and the high pressure outlet part of the pump, there seems to be no gaskets. I have slight corrosion and pitting on the mating surfaces as I can seen is the case with many others from the pics they have posted. How did you guys who have stripped and rebuilt the pump prevent it from leaking or seeping? I cleaned my surfaces and it is still leaking and I am not surprised one bit. What poor design! Any help appreciated.
Feb 16th, 2015 05:12 PM
January Sara Thanks so much. Taking it to a dealership this Friday to get it checked.
Feb 14th, 2015 09:13 PM
R53WithOne
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Originally Posted by January Sara View Post
Hi all, my Mini One recently suffered complete failure of power steering causing me to nearly have a very serious accident on a roundabout. I couldn't even turn the wheel.
It sounds like many people have had the same issue. Has anyone successfully managed to get BMW to pay for a new pump? The car 10 years old but just 60,000 miles and pretty much like new. Does anyone know if the age of the car means Mini will be less likely to help me fix it? Just trying to figure out best thing to do next. Thanks very much.
Hi, If you can check out the previous threads by other members, you will realise that a huge amount of us have had it done for free through a dealership,....worst case scenario is a 99 diagnostic fee. It is now a recognised fault by Mini UK as well as most of the World!!
Feb 14th, 2015 09:03 PM
January Sara Hi all, my Mini One recently suffered complete failure of power steering causing me to nearly have a very serious accident on a roundabout. I couldn't even turn the wheel.
It sounds like many people have had the same issue. Has anyone successfully managed to get BMW to pay for a new pump? The car 10 years old but just 60,000 miles and pretty much like new. Does anyone know if the age of the car means Mini will be less likely to help me fix it? Just trying to figure out best thing to do next. Thanks very much.
Feb 14th, 2015 08:05 PM
R53WithOne
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Originally Posted by Caveman View Post
If you're within the 13 year / 150K extended warranty you should get it fixed for free while you can.
I suffered the same thing for a week or two, steering would suddenly feel heavier than normal, and yes parking was like driving a 1930's truck. Shortly after that I had a complete failure on a roundabout and shook up the other drivers as well as myself. Car was taken to Mini UK, they told me 650 to repair...........and I politely told them they were picking up the bill due to the 'KNOWN' failure and good will package, put in place, because of the design fault issues that have been going around for ever!!!

Thank you USA for making this an issue through legal devices to get it recognised through-out the world! The pump and hydraulic assembly was not designed for this type of application.............works well for Small Aircraft Landing Gear though, but in those applications it only has to work occasionally....not constantly!!!
Feb 1st, 2015 09:41 PM
jimmy_racoon yes, paid in full when fixed

year later, fully credited by MINI

no issues with that here!
Jan 27th, 2015 01:33 PM
hugginsi
Power Steering Failure

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Originally Posted by burns76 View Post
Well, girls and boys, it's good news. All credit to BMW, power steering pump replaced for free, with only the cost of the diagnostic to pay. Now we all know that the diagnostic fee is just a legalised fiddle, but who would rather pay around 550 for the whole thing, than 100 or so for a diagnostic alone?

So, for those who, like me, lurk around places like this, soaking up information about such faults and fixes, ready to leap into action should the car so much as hiccup, here are the MCS' vital statistics:

9 years old, 53 reg
Built August 2003
95k miles
Manufacturers warranty expired August 2006
TLC pack expired January 2008
Serviced by an independent ever since

Well done BMW - what a super advert for your customer care. My only suggested improvements would be to lose the diagnostic fee (I diagnosed it for you, so why charge?! We all know it's a sham!) and for them to have issued a recall (like the Canadian tingent have done for this same fault) so that we wouldn't have had to go through this in the first place, and have the worry of our cars being razed to the ground, as some others have (some seriously horrific stories in America!).

So if your PSP goes, get your MINI flat bedded to your dealer and let them sort it.

And now...back to the independent she will go for all future work!
This happened to be on the way to work this morning, rather scary and that was in traffic, let alone taking a bend. Off to BMW later, should be a fun drive, feels like all the tyres are flat. I have to pay a 90 diagnostic fee then they will discuss this with BMW uk .... can feel a fight coming on
Nov 18th, 2014 02:20 AM
Old Codger I fitted an exchange recon pump last week to my 2004 54 reg. R53 MCS 67K miles.
The old pump had not failed but was noisy.

The new pump has failed after 5 miles! The pump continues running when the car is switched off and alarmed! We discovered this after the battery was flat two days running.

Will be onto the suppliers first thing tomorrow, I hope they are going to treat me right, ATM I am not best pleased.
Nov 1st, 2014 10:00 AM
mab01uk You should get 'goodwill' but only if it was replaced previously by a MINI Dealer I would have thought. Sometimes low mileage causes more problems in cars due to lack of use, but you are right at only 4000 miles a year should last much longer! Was pump new or reconditioned? Mine is on 60k with original 2002 PS pump.
How would you define a 'lifetime' in terms of average modern car in actual years or miles?
Oct 30th, 2014 11:28 PM
jowev I purchased my second hand mini cooper in 2012 and it's a 2004 model. By October the PAS had failed whilst I was driving down the M42....very scary!! Got it into my local garage and after some debate it was replaced free of charge (should gave cost £695!). So, I was very disappointed when the PAS failed on me again today... 2 weeks out of the 2 yr warranty! I've had to pay for the Diagnostics (£150) and unless agreed by mini goodwill will also have to pay for new pas pump! I only do 4000 miles a year so would expect it to last longer.....irrelevant of my low mileage surely the pump should last a lifetime!??
Oct 28th, 2014 05:15 PM
Guuyuk 11 years but 186k miles, so I'm SOL for them to foot the bill for the replacement.
Oct 1st, 2014 09:05 PM
Caveman
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Originally Posted by Guuyuk View Post
The PS pump on my 03 MCS failed about 9 months ago. Not sure if it's a complete failure as the car now feels like it's has non-assisted steering. It's a fight to drive it in a parking lot, but once I get above 10 MPH it feels just fine. I've been debating on getting it fixed as I haven't had any other trouble with the steering on the car and it is still perfectly drivable while moving.
If you're within the 13 year / 150K extended warranty you should get it fixed for free while you can.
Oct 1st, 2014 08:28 PM
Guuyuk The PS pump on my 03 MCS failed about 9 months ago. Not sure if it's a complete failure as the car now feels like it's has non-assisted steering. It's a fight to drive it in a parking lot, but once I get above 10 MPH it feels just fine. I've been debating on getting it fixed as I haven't had any other trouble with the steering on the car and it is still perfectly drivable while moving.
Sep 29th, 2014 02:15 PM
Betty Boop Coop
2 Failures

I have had 2 power steering pumps replaced on my 2004 mini. The first time was when I first purchased in 2007. The second time was last year 2013 in the winter. The steering locked up and my car had to be put on a flatbed to take to my mechanic. Luckily, I was in a parking lot when this happened. Also, thankfully, this item was on recall from BMW mini dealer and it was covered.
Sep 23rd, 2014 08:02 PM
mab01uk
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Originally Posted by kimberleys View Post
Hi there, I need some help. My power steering pump failed last week and I have to pay 700 to fix it. I need to know what the options are as I'm desperate and do not have 700 to spare!

Can I get Mini to pay for the replacement as it's a wide known problem? Apparently, Mini US has offered to replace, FOC, if the PSP fails either within 13yrs or less than 150,000 mileage. Does this apply to Mini UK?

Please help! T.T

Thanks.
You can buy a reconditioned ps pump from BBA-Reman for around 200 direct or on their ebay site and any good garage or mechanic can fit for 2 hours labour max......no need to pay 700 unless you go the a BMW Main Dealer!

UK MINI Dealers usually only give 'goodwill' replacement on 10 year old Mini's max with reasonable mileage.
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