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Aug 11th, 2016 03:22 AM
vanarebane I can say almost had a pump failing.

Few months ago, my power steering pump was almost to give up. Making noises and already started to affect steering. Loosing power at certain times and not having a smooth turning, kind on clicking.

I got the the BMW Stealership and because there was a callback they replaced the pump and pump fan under warranty. The warranty was just 6 months or 10 000km short, so lucky.

I knew about the common failure about the pumps and asked if this will happen again and the guy in Stealership sayd that it's completely different part number so probably (hopefully) the pump will not break down.

When I asked at the end from this guy if there is anything else I need to do (like signature of job received etc), he made a joke that I can pay for the job if I like.... wow
Jul 4th, 2016 07:20 AM
midnight*racer I was booked in for the diagnostics with a mini dealer today, only when I started the car this morning the power steering was working again !, so I've had to cancel and just see how the it goes for the next few days, will go easy on the bends just in case.
Jun 29th, 2016 07:57 PM
gixermini Evening all, well Mini UK & Coopers Mini Norwich handled my pump failure very amicably and very easily, total cost £185, I can now return the pump I bought to Eurocarparts :-)
Jun 26th, 2016 10:08 PM
gixermini Just had the dreaded pump running all the time hit my 2005 MCS Conv, will be calling the Local Norwich Stealership and asking about the goodwill, will see if I get "never heard of the issue sir", will post back, have just ordered a repalcement pump ready to fit which I will return if this works out same sort of cash. Fan was very much a mess too trying to find a UK source of the SPAL fan's to replace it if I can. Otherwise with the MOT due on Sat nothing too much to worry about really ;-)
Jun 21st, 2016 03:37 PM
midnight*racer my power steering has just failed on a 2003 r53 73k miles , do bmw still offer goodwill gesture on the pumps? or should I source my own part and repair?
Apr 20th, 2016 08:38 PM
Cactus Ed I'm concerned my dealer ripped me off. I have a 2006 Cooper S with 47,000 miles, garage kept. My steering developed hard spots when turning the steering wheel. I checked online and found it sounded like the lower steering shaft so I told the dealer service department that. They checked it out and said it was the pump. I argued, they insisted, so I told them if they changed the pump and it didn't fix the problem I wasn't paying and they agreed. So I sat in the lounge for a couple of hours then went to check on the car and saw the tech had removed the steering shaft and was working on it. When he started to put it back in I asked the service manager what was up with taking the steering shaft out and he said when the tech had the pump out he heard the steering shaft making noise so he took it out and lubricated it, no charge.
For one thing how would he have heard the shaft making noise when the pump was out? I think he replaced the pump and it didn't fix it so he worked on the steering shaft. I did speak with the general manager of the dealership and she stood behind her tech. What do you guys think? Any recourse?
Apr 11th, 2016 10:31 AM
Dooglydoo Hi
Just signed up to this forum as I found the advice on the power stearing problems excellent. My power stearing failed on Saturday 9th April 2016 in morrisons car park!!
The other members on this site gave me enough information to enable me to call mini uk who where very helpful and told me to call my local mini dealer in Hull. I have called them this morning and they told me to bring it in asap so they an assess what the problem is (as if I don't know) .
They have not mentioned any cost so far which find interesting, I am sure that will come.
I am going to the dealership today. They said they may be able to look at it today and forward the request of a 'good will gesture ' of fixing the stearing to mini uk.
The chap at mini uk did say they are aware of the 'failure' in some models of Mini!
Hope this goes well!!!
Apr 10th, 2016 02:15 AM
Jimmy Jamblez
Originally Posted by SALLYmini2016 View Post
My lovely Mini has been whining more and more and louder and louder - I'm told this may be the power steering pump? Or motor?

Is it dangerous to keep driving? I've been quoted £600-700 by Halfords to mend it.!!!
My Mini whine's as well. It's not dangerous to drive it. I remember when my power steering pump fan died it caused my power steering pump to shut down after driving in city traffic. I then drove the car for about a week without power steering while waiting for a new power steering fan to come in.
It's not comfortable but it's pretty easy especially when the car is at speed.
Look online for a second hand unit off Ebay or a new unit from Plus there's a video on Youtube by Mod Mini on how to change it yourself. It's pretty easy.
Don't pay 700 quid!
Apr 6th, 2016 10:19 AM
SALLYmini2016 Hi
My lovely Mini has been whining more and more and louder and louder - I'm told this may be the power steering pump? Or motor?

Is it dangerous to keep driving? I've been quoted £600-700 by Halfords to mend it.!!!
Feb 23rd, 2016 03:37 PM
Originally Posted by RDMac View Post
Thanks. I was actually recommended a company literally around the corner from me for a refurb called ECU testing. Local BMW/Mini Specialist quoted 2 hours labour and got it in immediately.
That's who I used. Very good

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Feb 23rd, 2016 07:56 AM
Jimmy Jamblez Count me in. My power steering died on me this morning then it revived itself a few hours later. So I took the small pump fan off and found out that was siezed so it looks like the power steering pump "shut" itself down as a safety measure until it cooled. Great. After I went on Ebay and bought a grimey second hand pump and fan from UK!
All good, I'll clean the old one out and keep it as a spare or in case any Sydney Mini owners need a hand.
Jan 7th, 2016 12:27 PM
RDMac Thanks. I was actually recommended a company literally around the corner from me for a refurb called ECU testing. Local BMW/Mini Specialist quoted 2 hours labour and got it in immediately.
Jan 6th, 2016 05:21 PM
roadhog Get one of these and DIY. Overall cost similar to getting it done at the dealers but with the added lifetime warranty on the unit.
Win win.
Jan 5th, 2016 02:51 PM
RDMac Feel I should post here for reference.

2003 MCS with 75k on the clock. Power steering failed a couple of miles from home so limped back with the Christmas turkey in the boot!

Left it on drive untouched over Christmas. Started it up and there was no power steering, reversed in and out a couple of times and pump kicked into action.

Turned the engine off and the pump continued. Disconnected the battery and shut the boot .... DOH! boot wouldn't re-open to re-connect battery as it's electric.

Connected jump leads to battery + terminal under bonnet to power up the car and open the boot (no rear access through rear seats). Left the rear seats collapsed for next time!

Phoned Mini UK customer service and was told that there was no guarantee of a good will gesture and would need to pay £150+ for non-refundable diagnostics and also pay to get the car transported to nearest dealer (no home relay with AA).

Local dealer said earliest to get the car in is in 3 weeks.

Nov 22nd, 2015 07:47 AM
Green Turtle I had my electric power steering unit on my 2003 mini cooper get so hot the cabling coming from it caught fire. Luckily it was replaced under insurance and I put it out before anything else caught fire too.
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