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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 √ā¬£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 (√ā¬£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.
Sep 23rd, 2014 06:41 PM
kimberleys
PSP failure

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.
Aug 11th, 2014 07:07 PM
mab01uk
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Originally Posted by Yflab View Post
Thanks for that clarification. I did think it was a different issue.

I bought my MCS in 2002. Have cars from that period been affected by this pump failure, or was it only later models?

Do I need to perform a diagnostic check as a pre-caution?

I'd like to keep this car going for as long as possible. Starting to get worried by more things going wrong.

Such a great car. Loathe to replace it.
Yes 2001-2006 MINI's are affected but not all ps pumps have failed early. I have a 2002 MINI on its original pump but know of others that have failed. Once a MINI is 10+ years old, like most cars some things will start to fail due to general wear and tear and a steering pump is such an item. Diagnostics will not tell you much until the pump actually stops working intermittently so unless you want to replace it at your own expense as a precaution you will just need to be aware of the warning symptoms while driving. I dnn't think the BMW 'Goodwill' offer applies on cars over 10 years old unless the mileage is exceptionally low perhaps.

Lots more info here:
Power Steering Pump replacement - Mini Cooper Register Forum
Aug 11th, 2014 05:11 PM
Yflab
Quote:
Originally Posted by mab01uk View Post
Looks like it was only a hydraulic hose leaking not a full electric pump failure so unlikely to be covered under goodwill even now.....not heard of anyone successfully claiming back for an earlier job even on a ps pump failure.
Thanks for that clarification. I did think it was a different issue.

I bought my MCS in 2002. Have cars from that period been affected by this pump failure, or was it only later models?

Do I need to perform a diagnostic check as a pre-caution?

I'd like to keep this car going for as long as possible. Starting to get worried by more things going wrong.

Such a great car. Loathe to replace it.
Aug 11th, 2014 12:52 PM
mab01uk
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yflab View Post
Looking for some advice.

I believe I had this issue in 2008 with my MCS (2002). Is it possible to reclaim from BMW UK under this Goodwill agreement.

The items on the parts list were :
A 3241830 Replace pressure line for power Steering
X M18.20.1.490.025 Pipe Clamp x 2
X B32.41.1.093.596 Sealing Rin x2
X M32.41.6.761.786 Hose Assy x1
X B83.29.0.429.576 Hrydraulik£l x1
X M07.13.0.782.600 Bolt x4

Including labour it was over £300 in 2008.

Has anyone had experience of claiming back this from BMW?

If so what advice - go back to dealer and ask them to approach BMW.
Looks like it was only a hydraulic hose leaking not a full electric pump failure so unlikely to be covered under goodwill even now.....not heard of anyone successfully claiming back for an earlier job even on a ps pump failure.
Aug 11th, 2014 10:53 AM
Yflab Looking for some advice.

I believe I had this issue in 2008 with my MCS (2002). Is it possible to reclaim from BMW UK under this Goodwill agreement.

The items on the parts list were :
A 3241830 Replace pressure line for power Steering
X M18.20.1.490.025 Pipe Clamp x 2
X B32.41.1.093.596 Sealing Rin x2
X M32.41.6.761.786 Hose Assy x1
X B83.29.0.429.576 Hrydraulik£l x1
X M07.13.0.782.600 Bolt x4

Including labour it was over £300 in 2008.

Has anyone had experience of claiming back this from BMW?

If so what advice - go back to dealer and ask them to approach BMW.
Jul 17th, 2014 12:22 PM
gwil86 Hi, my 05 Mini Cooper starting showing problems last week. My abs light was flashing, the battery cut out and then I lost my power steering intermittently.

I took it to a garage who checked all the electrics and then cleaned out the power steering pump. This didn't fix it and just the next day I could tell the battery was being drained again. I came home, researched the problem and found this thread. It was so helpful, thank you all very much! I took my Mini into my local Mini dealership yesterday and they are fitting my new power steering pump today!

All I have to pay is labour and diagnostic, £150, the part, £650, is being paid for by them!

Thank you again to all who have posted I wouldn't have had a clue that I could have it done so cheaply or that it was such a common problem without this forum! I was previously quoted (by Halfords) nearly £1000!!

Also, my Mini has 98,000 miles on the clock and the power steering hadn't actually failed when it was diagnosed so I wasn't too hopeful. But from what the mechanic has said it's pretty much standard procedure although mine has a FSH so that helped a little. xxx
Jun 16th, 2014 12:05 PM
john v to minimaniauk,
i would be ever grate full if you could tell me where to buy brushes for mini cooper s 2003 power steering motor.
john v
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