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Old 07-22-2010, 02:30 AM
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Was driving to work today in an area of Indiana that's got some nice twisties (Brown County 135 just north of Nashville) and got through just fine. Get to a light and smoke starts pouring in the vents, out the side vents, everywhere. The battery light even came on. Light changes and I start up slowly and the smoke goes away, light goes off, so I start thinking about stopping but I'm only halfway to work so I keep going - being real careful. Only thing is, no power steering. Look under the hood and don't see anything melted. Starts just fine. But it feels like a mack truck turning.

Here's the question. Can you drive it without power steering without tearing anything up? Trying to find someone that can fix it without costing me an arm and a leg. I haven't even got my first paycheck from my new job. Hell, i haven't even got my full paycheck from my last job!

Anyone else had this happen?
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:48 AM
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Having the pump fail is a common problem amongst 02-03 MINI's. I don't think you can do much damage driving the car with a dead pump. It's electric and therefore independent from the engine. But it would be a good idea to get a new pump asap. Hell it might not even be the pump, the fan could have taken a crap on you and just caused the pump to overheat. I'm no mechanic, all this is based off what I've seen happen to MINI's before. Best of luck to ya.
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Thanks Paul,
My searches said as much and you're right about the fan possibility. Going to have it checked - at least until I can afford a pump
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My pump died a few years back, but it was weird since it would work sometimes and not others. I ended up taking a 4 hour drive to the dealership to get it replaced. It wasn't bad driving on the highway, but tight turns and especially parking were a chore. Luckily I still had a few months left on my warranty so it didn't cost me anything but time and gas.
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It an easy part to replace i recommend a diy if you have the toold and time. To change it only take a little over an hour and its only three bolts if i remember correctly. I changed mine after it went out while driving on the dragon a couple years ago.
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MINI recently reduced the price on the PS pumps too.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:28 PM
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Thanks everyone for the info. I also have noticed the 'tight turns and parking' issue. Just hope by the time I get it replaced that my forearms don't look like Popeye's

I did notice today that about 80-85, steering was pretty easy even on some sweepers
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From memory I also believe the pre facelift minis did not have any protective cover over the PS fan so they were even more likely to kick the bucket. Very easy for stuff to get caught in it and overheat the pump.
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You are correct and there was a recall on them to for wiring issues. They had to wire them in with the radiator fan because they weren't coming on properly and burning out the fan.
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It an easy part to replace i recommend a diy if you have the toold and time. To change it only take a little over an hour and its only three bolts if i remember correctly. I changed mine after it went out while driving on the dragon a couple years ago.
I know, this thread has been sitting for a while, but as my pump died on me, I have to change it. Can you give me a couple of hints, how to do it?

Did you leave the front axle support frame in and replaced just the pump?
I guess, you'd have to drain the oil first, and refill afterwards. Do I have to bleed something or just refill the oil?
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MINI recently reduced the price on the PS pumps too.
ORLY?

Didn't know that...

Handy info in a thread back from the dead.
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I know, this thread has been sitting for a while, but as my pump died on me, I have to change it. Can you give me a couple of hints, how to do it?

Did you leave the front axle support frame in and replaced just the pump?
I guess, you'd have to drain the oil first, and refill afterwards. Do I have to bleed something or just refill the oil?
i didnt take anything off but the hoses as far as removing parts. If my memory serves me correctly there is a small bracket on there too super easy to change once you get under and look you will see
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Thanks

Just ordered the new pump. Will report on progress
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You'll have to bleed the system, it's a piece of cake. Once refilled turn the steering wheel lock to lock about four times. That's it. Pretty easy job to do too.
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