Question about 2003 Mini Cooper
A rack and pinion system has no idler or pitman arms and no center
link. Instead, they are replaced with a rack. Because the rack has no
wear points, the number of wear points on rack and pinion systems is
reduced to four--each of the tie-rod ends. Tie-rod ends are also wear
points on the parallelogram steering system.
Power rack and pinion assemblies should be carefully checked for leaks before the actually Power steering pump is replaced. If leaks cause the pump to run out of fluid, the pump will be damaged. In order to solve problems, a very thorough inspection of the entire system is needed. Everything, including ball joints, tires, outer tie-rods, bellows boots, inner tie-rods, rack-mounting bushings, mounting bolts, steering couplings, and gearbox adjustment must be checked as well.
Rack and pinion steering inspection must be very thorough because of the system's sensitivity. I would advise the service techs to inspect all areas above before replacing the power steering pump. if the areas above show no trauma points and, there are no serious or, visible leaks concerning the assembly, the replacement of the pump is recommended.
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