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03 Mini Cooper Power Steering Fan will not run

Started with smoke rolling out from under can after shutting off engine. Re-started car after no apparent visual source. Power steering was not working. Here's action already taken:
> replaced power steering pump - steering restored... pwr steering fan not running. shut off engine.
> Removed fan - ran fine when jumped to direct 12v pwr.
> Continuity checked thermal fuze. Burnt out - replaced fuze... still w/n work after driving car for several miles.
> Connected Fan & short wiring harness with thermal fuze. Fan ran fine when jumped to direct 12v pwr.
> Swapped 246 fan power relay - fan will not work.
> Disconnected negative bat terminal to reset computer - no change...
> Pwr steering fan should run when engine fan is running in high stage (236 degrees C.). Blocked off radiator to attempt to induce overheat condition to get pwr steering fan to run - engine fan cycles on & off but pwr steering fan still will not run.
I've run out of ideas... I do not have access to OBD or wiring diagram. Check engine light is off..

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