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Waiting time 3+ hours
"Waited 3+ hours,for mvo t to be done,and 2.5 hours, for retest to be done."
Great service as always.
"Great service as always. My 'go-to' garage for years now."
"Very happy with the service so far."
"All necessary work carried our fast & efficiently"
"Happy with work completed ... on time for collection no problems"
"They always make you feel welcome, kept me informed of what was going on, and cost of any additional work that was needed, optional. Made it clear not urgent work but my choice."
Lady minute service
"Needed to get the car in quick before a big road trip and they were able to get me in the next day. This is the second time I've used the garage and I've been very happy with the service both times."
A Pleasant Experience
"been using this garage for several years and never a problem.None of the old 'tut! tut! this is going to cost you' just straightforward information and help"
"Great service and kept well informed. No pressure to have minor issues sorted. Definitely would recommend"
"Had my a full works service done on my car as I've recently bought it used. Partner gets his car MOT-ed here and so seemed like a good choice. Team were very friendly and rang me through the day to let me know what was going on. I'm not a car expert and so Terry explained to me the work and what would need to be done before the MOT. Very helpful and very friendly. Will keep these guys are my regular garage."
"A genuine local business that does things properly, doesn’t mess you about, and really looks after valued customers. Firstly I appreciate the faultless work and customer care on my regular servicing work, but secondly when I had an emergency and was upset they swooped in to the rescue and said don’t worry go and have a cup of tea we’ll deal with it - taking care of the whole process for me and also giving me a good price as a loyal customer - very much appreciated! A great, trustworthy local car maintenance business, highly recommended."
"Excellent garage. We take our car here for MOT and have had repairs here too. Always extremely helpful, no hidden costs, excellent at keeping you informed"
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 can you save money (and the environment) while you drive?
As every garage owner will tell you, there are some tried and tested ways to cut down on your petrol costs (and consumption) while you’re out and about in Catterick Garrison or beyond. One is to shut your windows. If you can hear that wind noise in your car it’s costing you more to drive. This is because the car becomes less aerodynamic and has to work harder to motor along. Removing a roof rack will improve your fuel efficiency for the same reason. Another useful tip is to combine short trips into one; each time you drive after your car has been parked for a while the engine will be cold and need to use a lot more fuel for the first 5 miles or so. If you do one trip from school drop-off to supermarket to office you’ll use far less fuel than if you do all those trips individually.
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