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Whining noise when the engine is running. i think it could by the fan, but when i move my steering wheel the noise lessens

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Hi is your mini fitted with power steering if so this sounds like the steering rack if this is the case then you may also find that your hydraulic fluid is dissipating from the reservoir. Or it could be the drive Bering on the steering pump. Either way there is no quick fix or cheap way out as a new rack would cost around £500 with a new drive Bering around £150. If however it is not fitted with power steering then sorry I don’t know. Hope this helps

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