Question about 2003 Mini Cooper
I have a similar problem with a stiff power steering, but it is also giving me all kinds of strange electrical issues. It all started whit the AC turning off by itself while driving. Then the signal lights work, but the inside indicator doesn’t. The power lock with my remote stopped working as well. It locks the doors, but it unlocks right back by itself. The dashboard lights are also acting on. These issues come and go. I could be driving all day with the problems and then I start the car the next day and everything works. It feels like a hunted car.
Most likely the issue is with the electrical, particularly wiring. You may check on the wiring harness if there are exposed wires or terminals that may have gone loose. This happened to me, in my case starting the car was the issue, it will work at times. A good place to start if you plan in doing this yourself are the electrical harness under the hood. Your AC, signal lights and dashboard wirings are located at close proximity with each other. They may be sharing the same terminal for the ground or the harness itself may be loose. Only way to check is to physically inspect it and to use a tester to check continuity and voltage. As for your power steering it may be related if your power steering is electric and not the hydraulic. Otherwise, it may be isolated and for this you need to check on leaks, tire pressure or fluid contaminants.
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
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