The one thing that I have heard about problems with, from many MINI owners, is power steering. Going out altogether, over heating and all that. For about the last 6 months I’ve been waiting until I could also be one of the few, the proud, the select with failed power steering.
I no longer have to wait.
Driving home tonight it just stopped working. No warning, no funny noises, nothing. I was stopped a signal and when I went to go the familiar squeal was gone and my steering was extremely hard.
I’ve owned cars without power steering before. Granted, they had steering wheels that were about 24″ diameter, which made them very easy to steer. The MINI without power steering is not very easy to steer, in case you wondered.
I have an appointment first thing tomorrow morning to have it looked at and to have the belt tensioner replaced (which was left from my last service visit). I’ll have more updates after I talk to my SA.
Mileage tonight as Roxy sits in the garage is 178,950. So, I guess I was due.
Updates in the comments