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Power Steering BMW Mini One 2003

The power steering is very stiff now, could it be the pump itself or just a loose electrical connection. How can I determine what could the fault be?
Thank you, cheers for now.

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  • fnpatel Jun 29, 2008

    The steering wheel was hard to turn so I replaced the blown fuse and tried again. The steering was still hard but better. Any recommendations.

  • artroom001 Aug 29, 2008

    My power steering is also stiff, began early this week, though I just changed the pump about 1500 miles ago. About a month ago, the car overheated once and then again when I had the air conditioning on. When I just checked the power steering fluid today, I realized my radiator fan is not working. Could it be a 05 fuse? If so, what would cause that fuse to blow and would my new pump now be ruined if its fan also was not working, since they both are connected to the same fuse?

  • sheil496 Aug 31, 2008

    power steering is really stiff; checked the fluid level and it seems fine - looked here for any solutions and am ready to check the fuses; any suggestions would be appreciated

  • tommii Feb 17, 2009

    my power steering on my 54 plate mini keep going, sometimes it comes on after a while, but if it dosent i have to restart the car to make it work,,





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Is the fluid level full? a common problem with these pumps is leakage. Check the pump the rack and all the hoses for any leaks as a first priority. another cause could be the wheel alignment.

Hope you find the problem

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Caused by worn carbon brushes in the motor its a commont fault you can take it off remove three screws holdin the back end on
blow it out with an air line and refit it but realy needs brushes replacing

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