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"Airbourne motors are really efficient and always treat you with genuine personal interest. They listen and offer helpful advice. very efficient, good value. totally recommend."
Mot and service
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"The service was excellent,thankyou"
Always spot on
"Always happy with the service and quality of work from Ingleby Autos. I’ve taken my cars there for years and wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Also as a female I like that they don’t treat you as if you have no idea what they’re talking about."
Ashington Service Centre
"Everything was done with politeness, you felt they had known you for years which gave you a very comfortable and relaxed feeling. They were professional and efficient which means I wouldn't hesitate to go back for any other work to be done on my car. Thanks lads & lassies."
Friendly and helpful
"The staff were friendly and helpful. I cannot comment on the standard of the workmanship, but time will tell. The set up seemed very professional and well organised. I did book this garage online as it offered pick up and drop off of the car, as it turned out this, and my chosen appointment time, were not available. In future I’d bear this in mind in choosing a provider off this site as the convenience is important to me."
3 Year MOT
"Good friendly service."
"Dropped car off and collected 2 hours later - no problems"
"Have my car serviced and MOT here every year. Very happy."
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Usual excellent service
"Been going to Tom's for years always fantastic service and reasonable prices"
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.
In the early days of the automotive industry, power-assisted steering was a luxury and was only available in high-end vehicles. Most new cars now have it as standard. That’s because they’ve become heavier, with wider tyres and front wheel drive, and would be extremely difficult to drive without PAS. This makes a car not only more pleasant to drive, but safer to drive too.
There are two types of hydraulic power-assisted steering: rack & pinion and the recirculating ball. Rack & pinion is the most common. The recirculating ball is far less common and only really exists in vans and trucks. Both have high-pressure hoses that connect the steering rack to the two sides of the centre seal. One hose sends hydraulic fluid from the power-steering pump to the steering mechanism, while the other directs fluid back to the pump. When turned left or right, the steering wheel’s steering mechanism allows the hydraulic fluid to pass to respective side of the steering rack, pushing the seal and rack in the necessary direction.
Electric power-assisted steering is fully electric. The wheels of the car receive direct assistance from an electric motor which is mounted on either the steering rack or steering column or directly to the steering rack. Sensors decide how much assistance to apply at any time.
When hydraulic fluid lubricates and seals the power-steering pump and hoses to prevent corrosion it can leak or gradually become less effective, making it harder to turn the steering wheel. Typically, a mechanic will check hydraulic fluid levels during an annual service.
If the electric motor fails, power-assisted steering will stop working, so the motor would need replacing. As with any electrical system, software problems can occur, necessitating an update.
Driving in the North East
With its vibrant major cities of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland, the North East also has some of the most breathtaking drives in the country. The Northumberland coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, harbouring destinations such as the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Dunstanburgh Castle. The easternmost parts of the North East are also among the driest in the UK, although snow and ice can frequently cause traffic disruption in the winter months.
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