Mini Coopers are famous for their incredibly customizable variations. These cars are affordable yet still have the quality of a high-class brand. Just like any vehicle manufacturer, they have encountered their fair share of troubles, too. There can be no doubt that Mini Coopers provide a fun experience for drivers, but certain issues are common across different models of these vehicles. One of the more common malfunctions you may experience in your Mini centers around power steering failure. There are things to watch for to keep your Mini’s steering in safe, working condition. Let’s talk about what function the power steering serves, the issues that arise during power steering failure, Mini models that are at risk, and where you can get these issues repaired.
The Function of Power Steering
The power steering system in Minis is designed to help you steer without exerting too much force while driving. Older vehicles did not have power steering as an option. As a result, it was physically harder to turn the wheel while driving. Decades ago, drivers may not have taken issue with that, but our world is much busier now and we thrive on convenience and safety. More people drive cars, and that results in more incidents and accidents. We need power steering for the comfort but also because it is easier to react to dangerous situations quickly to avoid being hurt. The easier it is to turn, the better chance you will have of escaping unscathed.
Warning Signs of Power Steering Malfunction and Why It Fails
If you are the proud owner of a Mini, then you should always be on the lookout for issues that arise before they can get worse. If you notice any of the following problems, seek an automotive specialist immediately for inspection:
- Power steering fluid may be leaking out of your Mini. If it is, you’ll notice a dark brown puddle underneath the car. If you can’t determine what the fluid is by color alone, carefully touch it. If the substance is slick and dark, then it is most likely the power steering fluid. It may also have a smell similar to burning oil.
- You may notice grinding or squeaking noises when turning the wheel if your power steering system is malfunctioning or failing. At that point, the issue is advanced. Time is running out to fix the problem before it becomes dangerous.
- If the power steering system is failing, your Mini will lose hydraulic power. You’ll need to use a great deal more strength to turn the wheel. This can be dangerous when driving because you may not be able to get out of the way before an impending collision or other emergency.
At-Risk Models of Mini Coopers
The power steering failure of a Mini is more common in some models than others. In fact, BMW (the parent company) has had to recall these models because of the prominence of the problem. These Minis and Mini S models were manufactured between 2002 and 2005. Over 860,000 cars have been recalled.
If you own a Mini made during this time frame, you should have received a letter notifying you of the recall and reason. This would allow you to repair your vehicle at a dealership for free. However, some letters fall through the cracks when recalls like this take place. Some of you may still be dealing with this issue, four years too late.
Where to Fix Power Steering Issues of a Mini
If you have been affected by power steering malfunction or failure in your Mini, it is crucial that you see a trusted automotive specialist to get the issue repaired as soon as possible before you or others can be hurt. If you wait too long, you’ll be without your vehicle during repairs, which is inconvenient and expensive. For people living in the following areas of Massachusetts, Revolution Automotive Services can help:
To make an appointment with our professionals at Revolution Automotive Services, please call us or request an appointment online. We look forward to servicing your Mini for all your repair and maintenance needs in the future.