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"Easy collection from home allowing me to work from home. After an initial MOT fail, all the work needed to get it to pass was done quickly and to great standard and at a very reasonable price too. Russell kept me informed as to the issues and how much it would cost right from the start. The car now drives superbly well and I have peace of mind that it's been properly serviced and repaired and I now have a perfectly clean MOT for a year! Thank you all at Fergussons, I will be back!"
"exceptional staff, very rare in this day and age."
"Was happy from the minute I spoke to the person on the phone , very patient and Very helpful"
"HAPPY WITH THE SERVICE"
"Was kept informed throughout the inspection about what work needs doing. Very professional ! I will be using them from now on."
Couldn't fault the device
"Great team working there from mechanics to admin team full mot done small work completed but all prompt and fairly priced"
"Always go the extra mile to ensure I'm not without a car for too long"
"All work completed on schedule, great value and high quality. Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful team."
"Very happy with the prompt, efficient and polite service I received. Will be using this garage again."
"Love the pick up and drop off. Very convenient"
"Had my car mot and serviced, plus a few minor repairs, was very pleased with the price and quality of service. This is the second time I have used Sloane Service, and would recommend."
"Good friendly local garage. Kept well informed and I trust they are not ripping me off"
Power Assisted Steering, or ‘PAS’ as it is also known, is a mechanism that helps you to steer your car. In most vehicles, the PAS relies on a hydraulic system to aid turning the vehicle's wheels. If you have ever driven a car with no Power Steering you will have most certainly noticed the difference between having PAS and not. Power Steering used to be a luxury in certain vehicles, but nowadays it is almost standard in every type of vehicle.
There are two types of power steering: rack-and-pinion and the recirculating ball. Rack-and-pinion is the most common system. Although not as widespread, the recirculating ball system is still in use, mainly on vans and trucks.
In both systems, two high-pressure hoses connect the steering rack to both sides of the centre seal. One hose directs high pressure hydraulic fluid from the power steering pump to the steering mechanism, while the other allows fluid to flow back to the pump. When the steering wheel is turned left or right, the steering mechanism allows the hydraulic fluid to pass to that side of the rack. That pressure assists the vehicle's steering power by pushing the seal and rack in one direction or the other.
Smart Automobile is a company headquartered in Böblingen, Germany, that has marketed a range of microcar and subcompact vehicles. Marketed in 46 countries across Asia, North and South America, Africa, Australia and Europe, the design concept for the company's automobiles was first developed at Mercedes in the early 1970s and in the late 1980s. It was quite a lengthy gestation period, and the first model was finally launched by Daimler-Benz in 1998. Several variants on the original design have been introduced, with the original two-seater (called the Fortwo) now in its third generation and the Smart now being available as a fully electric offering.
The brand name Smart derives from its early cooperative studies with Swatch and Mercedes: Swatch Mercedes ART - although we have to say, it does make it a bit difficult to search online with a name like that! Overall, it is a very specialised company that builds ultra-compact cars, designed to carry up to four passengers through congested city streets with ease.
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