The past couple weeks I've noticed, what sounds like low power steering fluid whine. Not so much when I turn the wheel but right after startup at idle. If I turn the wheel the noise doesn't get louder. Question is, if the second Gen has elec. assist and not the traditional hydraulic powered I'm used to, what could the noise be? I'm set to have her checked out next week as a preventative measure, but hoping it's something I can do on my own. Is there some sort of lubrication system associated with the steering that could be low? I've never paid much attention to the system as a whole on my MINI.