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Category: Mini BMW

Mini Cooper - power steering, garage attitude and my own repair [how to]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper - power steering, garage attitude and my own repair [how to]; published July 18, 2011, 00:22; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=458.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569098360, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper - power steering, garage attitude and my own repair [how to]}}, month = {July},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=458}}


After a serious winter with lots of driving, I was not too surprised to see my power steering fail on a day where I was about to take the car to the well established Titan Garage Zuerich (Badenerstrasse 527, Zuerich) anyway. There were a number of occassions where the car was caught in heavy snow or sliding on icy roads as unavoidable consequence of winter travel, and as cautious as one may drive, one wonders how the car holds up. Turns out it doesn't.

A Mini Cooper with a failing power steering is serious business. With two hands, this thing is impossible to steer then. With one hand, no freaking way. So I tweaked my way back into getting that power steering back up luckily - and asked the dispatch person to also check what was wrong there, and if possible, to please fix it.

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What does Otto Bock mean by "significant benefits" with their Michelangelo hand?

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - What does Otto Bock mean by "significant benefits" with their Michelangelo hand?; published November 3, 2010, 05:31; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=363.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569098360, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - What does Otto Bock mean by "significant benefits" with their Michelangelo hand?}}, month = {November},year = {2010}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=363}}


[Find all articles about the Otto Bock Michelangelo hand]

In their ISPO World Congress 2010 Leipzig contribution, Otto Bock stated their Michelangelo hand would show significant benefits for arm amputees.

After an initially very appealing presentation of the Otto Bock Michelangelo hand, absence of further functional improvements at the Leipzig 2010 exhibition appeared to miss out on some functions that we would expect by now, given that 2008 research already reported some of these. Also, the Otto Bock Michelangelo hand is *not* thought-controlled as some may believe.

So when I see my prosthetic technicians spending their time traveling to Otto Bock Michelangelo demos, instead of conducting seminars about how to build better body powered arms, and instead I find myself in my own work shop every now and so often, revising their work, fixing their work, coming up with the technical designs they would be paoAs rotatory cuff problems are one of the bigger and more neglected aspects, improvement of shoulder strain certainly would count as significant. For that, grip geometry and weight are key issues.

The following video shows a Otto Bock Michelangelo hand demonstration.

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Mini Cooper 2007 steering wheel knob

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper 2007 steering wheel knob; published June 12, 2008, 10:38; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569098360, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper 2007 steering wheel knob}}, month = {June},year = {2008}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6}}


I drive a Mini Cooper 2007. However, the way Mini BMW went about their hard to tackle electronic problems were not transparent or easy to understand.

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Mini Cooper 2007 window and fog light switches

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper 2007 window and fog light switches; published June 12, 2008, 09:43; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569098360, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper 2007 window and fog light switches}}, month = {June},year = {2008}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4}}


The Mini Cooper 2007 can be a somewhat expensive but beautiful car to drive as an amputee. Since Mini BMW Switzerland confronted me with a difficult situation (they recommended modification through dealers but appeared to insufficiently document these guys with the effect that modification cost ran up comparatively high), I am detailing the experience from my point of view here. Please consider getting in touch with Mini BMW beforehand and consider other vehicles as well. Volkswagen, for example, have their own product line for disability modifications.

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