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Pelican Technical Article:

Power Steering Pump Replacement

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$100

Talent:

***

Tools:

13mm socket, 10mm socket and wrench

Applicable Models:

R50 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2002-06)
R52 MINI Cooper Convertible (2005-08)
R52 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2005-08)
R53 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2002-06)

Parts Required:

power steering pump, CHF-11S power steering fluid

Hot Tip:

Have a drip pan on hand to catch all the old fluid.

Performance Gain:

tighter steering

Complementary Modification:

replace power steering fan
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The MINI Cooper S uses a different type of power steering setup than most cars. Rather than having the power steering pump driven by the engine belts, the pump is driven by an electric motor. While this frees up some power from not being driven off the engine belts, it also has a disadvantage. As the pump runs, it gets hotter and hotter. It is also located directly below the exhaust manifold, which adds to the heat problems.

The power steering pump on the MINI is one of those items that seems to have a bad reputation. In talking to many MINI owners, it seems that this is one of the more common items to fail on the car. In this article, I will go over the steps required to remove the old pump and replace it with a new one.

The first step is to disconnect the battery as we will be working in the general are of the starter motor. Remove the cap for the power steering fluid reservoir. You'll want to remove as much power steering fluid as you can. The best way to do this is to use a siphon or a turkey baster to suck the fluid out.

This helps to prevent excessive amounts of power steering fluid from pouring onto the floor (See Figure 2).

You'll also want to detach the reservoir from the mounting bracket on the firewall. This gives you some slack on the fluid feed and return lines. This will help when you're trying to remove them from the old pump. Remove the nut securing the clamp around the reservoir and the two nuts and rubber grommets holding the bracket to the rear firewall (See Figure 3).

Slide underneath the car and remove the two 13mm nuts holding the power steering fan to the power steering pump bracket. Lower the fan, disconnect the wiring harness and set it aside (See Figure 4). With the fan removed, you have access to remove the two electrical connectors that plug into the power steering pump. Clearance is a bit tight and it's bit hard to see what you are doing. The front, smaller connector has a tab that must be pressed to unlock it from the pump (See Figure 5). Now remove the larger electrical connector towards the back of the pump by prying it out to the left. This is the main power feed to the power steering pump (See Figure 6).

There are two fluid hose connections that attach to the pump. One is the high pressure side that feeds the power steering rack and the other is the low pressure return line that returns fluid to the fluid reservoir. Both of these will need to be disconnected from the pump

On the top of the pump, you'll see the 13mm bolt that holds the high pressure line on. Remove this bolt and use a flat head screwdriver to carefully pry the mounting flange out of the pump. Be aware that you will get a lot of fluid flowing out of the lines and the pump so a drip pan underneath will help to prevent a huge mess. Also, inspect the O-ring on the end of the line. If it is damaged or worn, replace it (See Figure 7 and Figure 8).

To the side of the pump you'll see a rubber hose clamped on. This is the low pressure fluid return line. Pry open the hose clamp holding the line in place but don't remove the line just yet.

Remove the 13mm nut on the underside of the front subframe. This is the forward mounting point for the bracket that holds the pump in place (See Figure 9).

Now look on the other side of the steering rack, it's hard to see them, but there are two 13mm bolts that hold the power steering pump bracket to the subframe. A 13mm socket with extension really helps to remove these two bolts (See Figure 10).

Now remove the pump from the subframe. This will take a little time as it's a tight fit, but once you start moving the pump around, you'll find the best way to get it out. It's a good idea to push the power steering fluid reservoir down towards the rack from up inside the engine compartment. This will give you more room to remove the return line.

Once the pump is removed from the car, you'll need to remove the mounting frame and transfer it onto the new pump. The outer part of the frame is held on with four 10mm nuts (See Figure 11). Remove the nuts and lift the pump off the frame. Next, remove the upper frame parts bolted to the pump with Torx screws (See Figure 12) Re-fit these two parts of the bracket to the new pump.

Now place the pump up into position and reconnect the two fluid lines, using both a new O-ring on the high pressure line and a new hose clamp on the low pressure line. It will take a little maneuvering to everything lined up just right, just take your time. Reconnect the two electrical connectors going to the pump and re-install the power steering fan.

The last step is to re-fill the reservoir with fluid and bleed it. MINI specifies the use of CHF-11S fluid ONLY. This fluid is available from Pelican Parts from and is specially formulated for use with electric power steering pumps. The fluid itself is thinner than regular power steering fluid and prevents the power steering pump from overworking itself. Don't try to run regular fluid in the car because it's likely to overload the pump.

Fill the reservoir with fluid until it will reach the MAX mark on the dipstick that is incorporated into the reservoir cap. Start the engine and begin to turn the wheel full lock to either the right of left. You'll want to do this at least ten times. As you do this, it will bleed the air from inside the system. It's also important to keep an eye on the fluid level during the procedure and top it up as needed (See Figure 13).

The MINI Cooper S uses a different type of power steering setup than most cars.
Figure 1

The MINI Cooper S uses a different type of power steering setup than most cars. Rather than having the power steering pump driven by the engine belts, the pump is driven by an electric motor. While this frees up some power from not being driven off the engine belts, it also has a disadvantage. As the pump runs, it gets hotter and hotter. It is also located directly below the exhaust manifold, which adds to the heat issues. Over time the pumps can seize up requiring replacement.

The first step is to remove as much power steering fluid as you can from the reservoir.
Figure 2

The first step is to remove as much power steering fluid as you can from the reservoir. A siphon or even a turkey baster will work well for this task.

Remove the nut securing the clamp around the reservoir (yellow arrow) and the two nuts and rubber grommets holding the bracket to the rear firewall (green arrows).
Figure 3

Remove the nut securing the clamp around the reservoir (yellow arrow) and the two nuts and rubber grommets holding the bracket to the rear firewall (green arrows).

Slide underneath the car and remove the two nuts holding the power steering fan in place (green arrows).
Figure 4

Slide underneath the car and remove the two nuts holding the power steering fan in place (green arrows). Lower the fan, disconnect the wiring harness and set it aside.

With the fan removed, you have access to remove the two electrical connectors that plug into the power steering pump.
Figure 5

With the fan removed, you have access to remove the two electrical connectors that plug into the power steering pump. Clearance is a bit tight and it's bit hard to see what you are doing. Remove the smaller harness plug (green arrow) from the connector on the pump (yellow arrow).

Now remove the larger electrical connector towards the back of the pump by prying it out to the left.
Figure 6

Now remove the larger electrical connector towards the back of the pump by prying it out to the left. This is the main power feed to the power steering pump.

Shown here are the connections for the fluid hoses going to the pump.
Figure 7

Shown here are the connections for the fluid hoses going to the pump. The green arrow shows the 13mm bolt that holds the high pressure line to the pump. Remove the bolt. The purple arrow showing the crimped on hose clamp holding the low pressure (or return) line that carries fluid back to the reservoir. Use a long flat head screwdriver to pry the hose clamp open, but don't try to take the line off yet.

Now pry the mounting plate for the high pressure line off the top of the pump as shown here.
Figure 8

Now pry the mounting plate for the high pressure line off the top of the pump as shown here. Be aware that you will get a lot of fluid flowing out of the lines and the pump, so it helps to have a drain pan underneath.

Remove the 13mm nut on the underside of the front subframe.
Figure 9

Remove the 13mm nut on the underside of the front subframe. This is the forward mounting point for the bracket that holds the pump in place.

It's hard to see them, but there are two 13mm bolts that hold the power steering pump bracket to the subframe.
Figure 10

It's hard to see them, but there are two 13mm bolts that hold the power steering pump bracket to the subframe. These are accessed from behind the steering rack. The green arrows here show the approximate position of the two bolts. A 13mm socket with extension really helps to remove these two bolts. Now remove the pump from the subframe. This will take a little time as it's a tight fit, but once you start moving the pump around, you'll find the best way to get it out. Once the pump has been lowered enough to reach, remove the return line from the top of the pump.

With the pump removed from the car, you will need to remove the mounting frame.
Figure 11

With the pump removed from the car, you will need to remove the mounting frame. Remove the four 10mm nuts holding the pump to the frame (green arrows).

Next, remove the Torx bolts securing the brackets to the pump (green arrows).
Figure 12

Next, remove the Torx bolts securing the brackets to the pump (green arrows). Now transfer the bracket to the new pump. Once in place, bolt the mounting frame onto the bracket. Now place the new pump back into place on the subframe.

With the new pump installed, open the fluid reservoir and fill it up with CHF-11S power steering fluid only.
Figure 13

With the new pump installed, open the fluid reservoir and fill it up with CHF-11S power steering fluid only. This fluid is available from Pelican Parts. Once you have filled up the reservoir, start the engine and turn the steering wheel full lock to the right and the left 10 times. This will bleed all the air out of the system.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Hammer1 Comments: I just changed out the power steering pump on my Mini Cooper, yet I still have no power steering what else could the issue possibly be? Thanks
May 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What year and model? Could be a wiring issue or a faulty part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Daddyjbird Comments: I just replaced the ps pump on my 2002 mini S. The pump does not seem to be working. I am certain I put everything back together properly and I bled the pump to get air out. The only thing I can think of besides bad pump is that the large plug on top of the pump wasn't pushed all the way in as it was a fairly difficult spot to get any leverage.

What are your thoughts?
May 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The connector is a good place to start. The seal on the connector may be swollen, stopping the connector from seating. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
zen builder Comments: I just bought a 2006 Mini S,yesterday . Drove it home from Atlanta 2 hours, no problems with the steering, but when its sitting,and I turn the wheels bit,I hear a sound like its bindingfor lack of a better word. I have never had a car with a super charger, so I don't know what sounds I should be hearing. Fans motors? supercharger? PSP,or ? Any ideas
April 29, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You are probably hearing the PS pump. They do tend to whine, even when in good shape. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
windyhill Comments: I have 2003 Mini cooper s. My power steering was stuck once last week, and working again. But next morning my mini battery dead at all. So I jumped and checked battery at part store. They said my battery is good condition. And my alternator is working too. but after turn off engine I can hear some sound like keep running. after few hour battery gone again. Is it problem from power steering pump? And is it cover by warranty?
March 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds to me like a typical power steering pump failure. I wouldn't know about the warranty, call MINI. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mivageze Comments: Hello Nick.can you help me with a problem…
i own a R50 minicooper,2004.after having the alternator repaired,the steering wheel has become very stiff and difficult to turn.is this a question of the power-steering system or something else.Do i need to have the power-steering serviced.live in Bosnia and Herzagovine and wish to know if the global service is ok.the car has 148,000klm on the clock.thank you for your help.
March 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check if the power steering pump is turning on. If not, check power and ground to the pump, if present, the pump could be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Danny J. Comments: Should the power steering pump fan run the whole time the car is running or does it go off and on according to how hot the pump gets? The power steering pump on my '05 Mini Cooper isn't working and I don't want to replace the pump and burn up the new one because of a bad fan. Any info. would be appreciated.
March 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The cooling fan for the power steering pump only runs when the engine cooling fan is activated. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mark Comments: if i change the engine in my car can i replace the original power steering pump with a belt driven pump that is coming with the new engine or can i relocate the original?
March 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't believe so. I have never heard of a kit to do this. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
john-john Comments: i have witnessed 2 seperate days with rain that an unpleasant smell like something burnd from the front of the car, and the second day as i was crusing the steering wheel became heavyer and the standard noise was not as loud as it should be! could this be electrical? ive changed the pump once so its not the early ones
February 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A burning smell could be electrical. I would stop using the vehicle until you can pinpoint the source of the odor. Could be the power steering pump. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nunuza Comments: Hi I have 2006 mini base model, it's been diagnosed that I have to buy power steering pump guess what?? It's R11900 I dnt have tht kind of money can I get a used one somewhere?I am in SA in LIMPOPO please help
February 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try a salvage yard for a used pump. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Brinkdust Comments: Does anyone have the part number for the 100 amp fuse under the box for the power steering? Any idea where to get one?
February 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think it may be an ANL style. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
AGGIE MECHANIC Comments: 2006 MINIS R53 POWER STEERING UNIT'S ELECTRIC DRIVE MOTOR CAUGHT ON FIRE DUE TO BASIC ENGINEERING DESIGN FLAWS. SEALED DRIVE MOTOR WITHOUT COOLING VENTS/HOLES OR INTERNAL SHAFT MOUNTED COOLING FAN CAUSES HIGH POWER DC MOTOR TO OVERHEAT. A SHOCKING LOW-COST SOLUTION ADDED EXTERNAL MUFFIN FAN WHICH BLOWS AIR ON THE EXTERIOR OF THIS NON-VENTED MOTOR. AS THE MASSIVE INTERNAL BUSHES WEAR OVER NORMAL USE, THE CONDUCTIVE METAL BRUSH DUST ACCUMULATES WITHIN ROTATING CONTACT AREAS CREATING ACCELERATING DAMAGE AND EXCESSIVE CURRENTS RESULTING IN EVENTUAL HIGH CURRENT INTERNAL MELTING OF COPPER CABLE CONNECTORS AND BRUSH/CONTACT SURFACES WHICH IGNITES THE RUBBER CABLE BOOT AND INSULATION AT ENTRANCE TO THE DRIVE MOTOR. IF YOUR MUFFIN FAN IS STILL OPERABLE AFTER SO MANY MILES OF GRAVEL INGESTION, 94,000 MILES IN MY CASE, THE FAN HELPS ACCELERATE THE RUBBER BOOT AND 12 VOLT HIGH CURRENT FEED CABLE INSULATION COMBUSTION AT THE DRIVE MOTOR CONNECTOR INTERFACE. THE FIRE'S FLAME IS PUSHED UPWARD TO OTHER AREAS UNDERNEATH YOUR EXHAUST MANIFOLD, HOSES AND COMPONENTS ON THE REAR SIDE BETWEEN YOUR ENGINE AND FIREWALL. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PARKER HEATING FUEL COMPANY EMPLOYEE WHO OBSERVED THE BLACK SMOKE EMANATING FROM MY PARKED MINI WHILE I WAS INSIDE GETTING COFFEE, AND UPON RETURNING TO MY VEHICLE PUT OUT MY ELECTRICAL FIRE BEFORE IT COULD EXPAND TO TAKE OUT THE WHOLE VEHICLE. IT IS SATISFYING TO KNOW THAT EUROPEAN CIVIL AGENCY ADMINISTRATORS APPLIED THEIR RECALL TO ALL MINIS INCLUDING 2006 WHICH HAVE A NON-FUSED FIRE CREATING POWER SOURCE DRIVING THE TIME BOMB FIRE HAZARD POWER STEERING PUMP DRIVE MOTOR. I WONDER IF THE ZF FREIDRICKSCHAFFEN REPLACEMENT UNIT DESIGN IS IMPROVED OR INHERITED FROM THE UK WHEN BMW PURCHASED MINI? I ASSUME OUR SPACE STATION DOES NOT HAVE MANY UN-FUSED HIGH CURRENT FIRE CREATING WIRES LIKE THE ONE THAT RUNS FROM MY MINI'S BATTERY DIRECTLY TO MY SHORTING POWER STEERING PUMP/MOTOR ASSEMBLY WITHOUT A FUSE!!!!!. HAS ANYONE YET RETRO-FITTED A LOW-COST AFTERMARKET INTERNAL FAN COOLED WITH VENTS POWER STEERING PUMP/MOTOR COMBINATION? Like I observed on Barrett-Jackson installed in a 1964 custom Chevy truck this past weekend. I guess I will start my modification kit design tonight using all US based parts sources, to include TRW automotive, which is being purchased soon by ZF Freidrickshaffen.
January 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are three fuses. a 100 amp, a 30 amp and a 15 amp. This is on 2002 - 2006 models. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rob Comments: I have a friend that owns 2002 mini, it has had the PS pump replaced from the dealer about a month ago. however now the voltage guage is only reading around 10 Volts & when I went to the Battery compartment to check voltage there I almost burnt my hand because the Positive battery post was smokin hot. after some test it became apparent that it heat up while steering is in use. have you ever heard of this?
January 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I have not seen that issue. Could be due to a faulty alternator. I would check the starting / charging system. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
l00n3y Comments: My 06 R53 PSP was giving the symptoms of running even when the ignition is off. Eventually it died and I replaced a new pump. Problem is, I an still getting the new pump running while ignition is of . Any ideas?
November 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Still running, either battery voltage is too high or the pump is faulty. Check battery voltage when the vehicle is shut down, if it is around 12.6, the pump is faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Elementary Penguin Comments: In order to bleed the air out of the power steering system do you leave the fluid reservoir cap on or off? I would think that if you leave the cap off the pressure would force the fluid out of the system.
November 5, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is no pressure in the reservoir. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
damifino Comments: oops should have added 2002 mini
October 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Got it, thanks. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
damifino Comments: for two weeks,my battery light comes on an steering becomes hard. Revving engine turns light off and steering is normal. Now battery light is on solid and steering is difficult continuously
October 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a faulty alternator. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gentech Comments: I'm trying to help my Grandson with his 2003 Mini. He is 16 and had the car less than a year. I have replaced the alternator twice. He had the low oil pressure problem due to a quick lube mess up and now his P/S is messing up. Sometimes it will start working if the steering wheel is worked back and forth after starting and stopping the engine several times. I'm hesitant to replace the pump because I feel like if the pump is bad it would never work. Do you have any suggestions?
September 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the fluid level, If it is full and properly bled, the pump may be faulty. You can test system pressure using a power steering pump gauge.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
BB Comments: I replaced mine this weekend.2006S 275,000 miles Took about 3 hours, mostly due to it being hard to work just jacked up. If it was on a lift it would have been an hour job. Thanks for the detailed info.
September 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
letterj9 Comments: Hahaha! I love the estimated time of 1 hour. How about trying 8-48 hours next time. This is a long an tedious process. Just like every installation with a MINI.
August 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it. I will have the article updated.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Callen Comments: Mini has extended the warranty on power steering pumps by 13 years,max 150,000 miles Contact MiniUSA. Replaced my pump and fan absolutely free at the dealer. Pelican has excellent parts and service, if you want do it yourself.
August 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
peter Comments: I have a engine fan ,but the car its buyed without AIR CONDITION! I dont have a servo steering pump fan,thats a problem,i dont know its missing or maybe they dont put on a model without AIR CONDITION !
Now i dont know if i install a fan or what to do ?
July 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The engine needs an electric cooling fan. Eben without air conditioning. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
peter Comments: Hello !
I have a same problem when its car overheated pump cut , but my model dont have a fun ,becuse i dont have AC in the car ! Why dont have a fan ?
July 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You have no engine cooling fan? A previous owner must have removed it. I would reinstall it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Captain Comments: My power steering failed completely on May 29th. When I got home, I could hear the cooling fan running continuously. I assumed it would stop sooner or later. I was wrong. I came out to a totally dead battery. On the way to the dealer, the power assist returned. The dealer refuses to replace the pump or fan, but did find $1300 worth of other work that "needed" to be done. My wife refuses to drive the car now, and my granddaughter either. Thanks, Mini, for nothing.
June 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Does not sound fun. Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Peter Comments: How do I check the power steering reservoir? There are two unmarked lines on the dipstick. I'm thinking one is low and one is high or maybe one is cold and the other hot.
June 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Fluid level should be between the two marks when at operating temperature. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sara Comments: My power steering pump went out at the same time my battery quit.. Could the bad battery be the cause for my power steering pump failing?
June 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not likely. But the pump may have killed the battery. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
sgagner Comments: Have a 2003 mini and there was a lot of smoking down by the power steering pump and now I have no power steering. Would this be the pump or just wires going to it. I haven't gotten under the car yet. Just looking for a place to start. And if the fan burnt up would that make the power steering pump quit working.
May 19, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I haven't seen a PS pump smoke. If there was smoke, do not drive the vehicle as it could be something burning. Immediately inspect the area of the smoke or have a professional do so. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
alex Comments: My PSP failed s fee weeks ago. I did some research online and came upon this article where R53, 2005 were covered for 150 or 13 years. Whichever came fist. So, I called my closest Mini dealership. All I wanted yo know was if it was covered and to quote me on my body control module, it went bad. Service guy comes out. Tells me its not covered, they base this by VIN. Which I find is BS. And I see a quote for other items totaling 6k. PSP quote was $1,495.00. I was not happy at all. They discourage from having the!m do any work.
May 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Beth Comments: Hi - I just bought a new steering pump, fan and o-ring through Pelican Parts parts. A local mechanic in my small town installed it. The steering is still stiff in places. I double-checked and they used the right fluid. Any ideas on what to do now?
May 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be binding steering components. Have your mechanic inspect the steering rack and ball joints. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Katie Comments: Hi. I need to remove power steering pump from a mini one. Are the steps still the same as I didn't think that the mini one had a power steering pump fan? Thanks
May 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure, I haven't done on e myself.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jojo Comments: Hi again my alternator is with an electrician who says the brushes and bearings are worn but it tested just fine on the bench but now he says it could be the regulator if the brushes aren't the problem, we looked at the fuses and there fine iam starting to think its not the alternator at all i dont know what to do thanks jo jo
May 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Ask him to test the alternator with the regulator attached. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jojo Comments: Hi i had rebuilt psp pump fitted and everything was fine but now my battery light has come on and the steering has gone again...when the psp failed before there was no battery light on but this time there is so what can it be
Thank you
May 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the charging system. Is there power at the back of the alternator? If not you may have blown a fuse. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Hibbsy Comments: Sorry, should have said it's a 2002 mini cooper.
April 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: got it, thanks. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Hibbsy Comments: Hi. I'm experiencing intermittent loss of power steering. I'm attempting to remove pump myself. Is there a gasket between the pump and high pressure connector.
Thanks
April 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is not serviceable. The pump is replaced as a unit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rick Comments: Nick - Just replaced the power steering pump on my 2003 mini, the steering issue still is not fixed. Now what? bought a reman pump, paid $300 for it.
April 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: How did you determine the pump was faulty? The rebuilt unit may be defective. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
donna Comments: I have a mini cooper 2001 model steering pump has just went will it still be covered.
April 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure, you'll have to contact MINI. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kerrie87 Comments: what power steering fluid should i use for my mini cooper convertible 2007?
March 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Deb Comments: Later being any model that comes after 2005 R50 model
March 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: As long as it is an R50 chassis. It should work. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Deb Comments: Can you interchange the power steering pump in the r50 with a later model? I know ours is not a good one & want to know if we can.
March 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Define later? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
moon Comments: What is the indicator or any other signs for power steering pump failure? Mine is MINI R50, the steering make some sound everytime i steer/move to the left or right. Kindly advise.

Anyway, I did change power steering fan in less than 5 months.
February 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Steering will become stiff or harder to turn. Some noise is normal. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Fustrated Comments: How much does it cost to replace a power steering pump in South Africa? Is it safe to drive the car? My steering wheel was stiff last week left it and only drove it today and it was working fine. Can this cause further damage to the car?
January 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure, I would call around to a few shops for an estimate. I would not drive the vehicle if the steering is stiff. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
OSCRABO Comments: My power steering pump is damaged now so how can get it here in Nigeria now ? I am still the same mini owners from Nigeria please we beg you to come to our aid.
January 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
OSCRABO Comments: I have a 2003 mini copper that I use here in Nigeria and I am really enjoying the car Infact it's so lovelyostly in term of traveling but the parts are not here in Nigeria therefore on behalf of the whole mini owners in Nigeria I appeal to the manufacturals to please find a solution to the problems that the mini owners faces in Nigeria.
January 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You ma have to import parts you need. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
andyvan Comments: My wife has the 2004 Mini S and we too had the power steering issue. The dealer replaced the pump and the cooling fan at no charge. They recommended having some other things done but did not tack on any other charges. There was a follow up from Mini in the form of a survey. The warranty was 13 years or 150k miles. Our car had 130k and was covered, no questions asked. Very relieved
January 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
evyn1234 Comments: I checked, and my 2003 R50 MINI is covered under the warranty- my dealership told me that it is a 13 year, 150,000 mile warranty my car has 76,000 miles on it. I am afraid if I bring it in to the dealership, they will cover the cost of the pump but leave me hanging for the rest of the repair, i.e. replacing the hoses, clamps, everything surround the pump, etc. How do I ensure I don't rack up a massive bill when I get this repaired? Thank you for your help!
January 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check with your dealer about what exactly is covered, then have them either repair just that, or pay for the additional costs yourself. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
CNB Comments: I called 2 separate Mini dealers. Gave them my VIN, I was told my Mini does not qualify. 2005 R50 base with 65K miles.
They said it's VIN specific. Last Mini or BMW product I'll ever buy.
Have all parts en route for repair. Your tech article makes it look simple. Thanks!!!
December 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
tumi Comments: I am in South Africa and I have a mini cooper s R53 2003 power steering problem.... I would like to know if the is a recall for this problem in South Africa and who to contact for this problem.the plug that connects to the pump was bunt down and when we checked by connecting the pump directly to the battery it never worked, but the fan is working....
December 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to contact a local MINI dealer to see if it is covered under a recall. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mattia Comments: Hi..My 2004 Mini needs to change the steering pump and sensor, I'm covered by the warranty but living now in Bahamas Mini USA refused to help me.
Can you please tell me the exact model of pump i need and where can i order it online, then ship it to Bahamas?!
Thanks a lot
December 8, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mhanna Comments: The power steering pump caught fire on my 2005 Mini S Convertible, Mini will not fix it because it is 1 month out of the extended warranty, mine has a production date of March '05. Changed out the pump using your great instructions and visual aids but we still do not have power steering. Please note we had to change out the wiring harness because the other one was completely burnt. With that being said we only changed out the larger wiring harness, the small harness connector looks like it might be a little burned so we have ordered the connector and wires so we can do a little splicing to see if that works but we will not receive those parts until Monday and I'm going on 3 weeks without a car. Right now I cannot tell if the pump has electricity to it to decide what the problem is. We checked the fuses under the hood as well as the inside fuse box inside the car and all are testing good and the pump is not draining the battery like it was after the fire. Could it be the connector or did we just not work long enough bleeding the system? It might be worth mentioning that I really can't tell if the pump kicks on when we turn the key over to the first stage but when we turn the key off it does sound like there is a 'relay switching' for lack of a better description noise coming from the area of the new pump. Also I have been told that when we are locking the wheels from side to side we should hear the pump but we hear nothing. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
December 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It sounds like there are additional electrical problems to be fixed. Once all the connections are made, begin to test the system. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
maj Comments: thanks for the info will ring mini dealers up tomoz my mini is a 51 plate i hope they do recall as my wife wont touch the car its been parked up for the past month, the psp pumps coolant fan is it built in as when we ended up in the fields when we took the car to the garage for bady work repair, it was on the ramps so we took a quick look couldnt see a fan,
November 20, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. Keep us posted.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ruan Comments: Can you repair the power steering
Pump with out replacement with
A new one
November 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are rebuilt units available. I would suggest replacing it with a new or rebuilt unit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jeffrey Comments: power steering pump and radiator fan on 2002 mini cooper had warranty up to 15000 miles or 13 years updated from Feb -2005
0110113 Bullet is covered by BMW mini
November 16, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
maj Comments: ive a mini on a2001,my power steering pump just went on a very sharp narrow bend i ended up in the fields causing damage to my car which i have had repaired, im disabled and cant afford the pump, plz can you confirm if they they are recalling as this was our second pump,i just cant afford as this is my only transport my wife wont touch the car and i cant get around plz can you help, many thanks
November 13, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: MINI has extended the Power Steering Pump warranty on 2002 - 2005 Models to 13 years or 150,000 miles. Models with production dates from Nov 2001 - Feb 2005 are covered. The part was updated from Feb 2005.

010113 Is the Bulletin Number

You'll want to confirm with your local MINI dealer your vehicle is covered. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
onekerryb Comments: My **power steering pump continued to run on ignition 'off' after the battery had been changed.I had to disconnect the battery to stop it running til I could get to the garage.
The next morning I reconnected the battery to drive my son to college. I had to do a sharp 3 point turn and during this lost the power steering. I turned off the ignition , then restarted. The steering returned as normal. I drove home, switched off the engine and the continuing pump noise had stopped.I took the car in for diagnostic and the mechanic said he could find nothing wrong and the pump's electronics had most likely reset itself? Is this possible? Everyone else has said that once ** this happens, the pump is done for?
October 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This is quite common, the pump staying running. 99% of the time the pump is faulty. I would replace the pump. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Al Comments: I've just replaced my power steering pump after a fail and its still not working. Could it be my battery is dead? The battery is getting 14v from the alternator but my mini has no power after leaving overnight.
October 8, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The fuses may be blown. Check the power steering fuses in the engine compartment fuse block. Be sure to check one in the bottom, beneath the cover. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
lurt Comments: after the replacement of the power steering pump it still does not work. something about now it needs some kind of fuse????
September 12, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are two main fuses. a 15 amp fuse at fuse holder 2 and a 30 amp at fuse holder 3. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jaysmini Comments: Hi I drive a 2005 mini cooper and recently the ps pump is not working. It started when the pump did not switch off and runs the battery flat then later it only works when the car is hot. Then it just stopped working. Please give advise. Could it be a relay/ fuse or pump.
September 2, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This is a common problem with the pump. The pump has an internal control module that fails, the pump will continue to run and drain the battery. Time for a replacement. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Pickles Comments: Have you ever known issues with the ignition not switching off following the change of the pump? My mini is a 54 reg and the pump was changed today but now the ignition won't switch off. Drove it home: had the keys out and the battery disconnected for a good minute before it stopped!! I have never had ignition issues prior to the change. The pump has been running all week so have been disconnecting the battery every time i stopped.
July 16, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This might be coinsidence. I would inspect the output from the ignition switch. It's possible you have a faulty switch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
cal Comments: my 2003 mini one has lost power steering at 60000 miles..i hav eno choice but to drive it to my place of work as ill lose my job otherwise. safe to do so if i can still turn? found this page helpful going to ring mini and find out if covered under warranty. much appreciated
June 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: if your power steering is not working, i would NOT drive it. Have the vehicel towed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
banyan Comments: what model years are covered under the power steering pump recall?
June 29, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You'll have to check with MINI for the specific info. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Slick Comments: Is there a VIN range included in your letters? I have not heard if my 2002 Mini will be included in the recall.
May 29, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give your local MINI dealer a call. They will be able to tell you if your vehicle is covered. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Maverick1 Comments: Received my Power Steering pump recall letter yesterday. MINI of Nashville is booked up until June 21st so the car will sit in the garage until then. PS went out in August,2012.
May 29, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the info. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Steamed in Minnesota Comments: Got my recall letter from Mini today - 2 years and 1 month since the power or really, ANY steering went out on me while driving our 2004 Cooper at 71,000 miles. HURRAY!

We refused to pay for a repair, fearing the cost would be all or much at our expense, even if a recall ever came. Mini will cover all service and parts at any Mini dealership; only parts if you brought it to an independent garage. During the past year my wife - who bought the car - rufused to drive the thing anymore.

I love the beginning of the MINI letter: "At Mini, we are committed to maintaining a level of automotive and service excellence that exceeds your expectations now and in the future. Consistent with this phlosophy, we want to help you avoid problems and minimize your inconvenience."

Well, Mini, where were you and your dealerships two years ago? No one would respond to our concerns. Only the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cared enough to gather some information from us when we called them. But never heard from them again, either, during the past two years.
May 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the info regarding repair reimbursement. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
msjulie Comments: Folks should check with MINI to see if the car is under the newly minted warranty!
May 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That's a good point. You should always check if your vehicle is still under a factory warranty. It can save you a bunch of money. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Wliepolt Comments: There is a recall for early mini ps pumps
May 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the info. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Piero1978 Comments: I Have a Mini Coopeer 2003 and the steering pump is faulty, how can I get a replacement from you.
May 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Drop our sales department a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help you find the right part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Erwin Comments: my 2003 mini S power steering suddenly stop working after i changed my car battery, will take days before i can have it fix, Can i still use the car without endangering cause more problems with it?. Thanks
May 18, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would not suggest driving the vehicle with a malfunctioning power steering pump. The steering becomes stiff, creating an unsafe situation. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
NERO Comments: HAVE 2004 BMW MINI COOPERS ALL GOT POWER STEERING COOLING FANS.
May 13, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, all first generation MINIs have a cooling fan for the power steering pump. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Nisto Comments: I've just replace steering pump on my R52, the new pump fail as well, I've checked the voltage supplier to the plug I've got current, is it mean a new pump is defective as well?
December 12, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Did the new pump ever work? It is possible you have a defective pump. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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