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"Exceptionally happy with the work carried out and the service I received!"
"Happy with service throughout. Stuart put the car through the MOT and rang to tell me the good news and proceeded with the service and let me know when my car was ready to collect. Dropped my car off in the morning before work and was able to get the car just before closing time. Stress free and easy overall. He even priced me up for my advisory points which was helpful"
"Good communications regards what was required for MOT. Service and MOT work carried out for a good price, and got a few friendly pointers on some work I could carry out myself."
"So easy and friendly to deal with, and they did all the work in the time they said they would. Very dependable."
"Friendly and helpful staff! have been using them for years and will keep doing so :)"
"Good workmanship, friendly staff"
"I use this garage all the time.Prices are real and not stupid like some garages.Staff are great.You know the job is done properly here certainly not cowboys. I have sent a good few of my customers from work to this garage and they have been more than happy."
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"Quality repairs at a fair price from honest upfront people. Would never go anywhere else."
"Happy with service and car back same day"
Great advice and service
"I received great advice while getting my car serviced & mot’d, will definitely go back."
"Very happy with the customer service, the work done and the communication throughout. One of the first garages not to have taken advantage of a single, young female entering the garage. 10/10, would return."
"Great work easy to deal with reasonably 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.
How to be a better driver
Whether you’re driving in Aberdeen or further afield, think about road user etiquette. Showing respect for other road users makes driving more pleasant for you and safer for everyone. For example, if you have to make a last minute change of lane, make your request to change clear to the driver who will need to let you in - and signal your thanks if they do. Be ready to abandon the change of lane if they won’t play ball - your safety (and that of other drivers and pedestrians) is more important than getting to your destination in the shortest time possible. When the position is reversed and a driver asks your permission to change lanes, allow them to as long as it is safe. If you get frustrated, avoid using your horn - it won’t improve matters and might make them considerably worse.
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