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Mini Cooper Power Steering Failures Cause Difficult Steering

by Brian England on Tue, Apr 15, 2014

  1. While I was parking my Mini, the steering abruptly became very heavy. What is going on?
  2. While driving in a hilly area near my home, I suddenly lost the power steering function and had to haul on what felt like 60 lb. weights to get the wheel to respond. This all occurred without warning, and it was quite a challenge to negotiate turns and curves to get the car home. What happened?
  3. I was driving my eight year-old Mini into a roundabout, and when I went to turn the wheel there was nothing. The wheel was rigid. I wrenched on the wheel as hard as I could and just managed to get enough movement in it to get me through the roundabout. It was very frightening. Can you make sure this will not happen again?
  4. I went to pull into my driveway and the steering did not work! I went up onto the sidewalk, and I had to get my husband to come out and park the car in the driveway. I am scared. I love my Mini, but now I am not sure.
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Topics: power steering failures, difficult steering, heavy steering, hydraulic power steering pump, replacement

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