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"Extremely happy with the service, will definitely be using again!"
"Very happy with all work carried out, as it was to a high standard. Staff kept me informed of what needed doing and very good price. Certainly the best garage I have used and would recommened to anyone who needs a reliable, honest, eceptional priced mechanic with a positive attitude. Staff were also warm welcoming and service with a smile."
"Following a Sunday eve breakdown, car was recovered to Aarons Auto's. I booked in online, giving instructions. They called me in the morning with details and quote. How troublefree breakdowns should always be."
"happy with service provided"
"Brilliant garage, told me what needed to be done to pass MOT and advised on other maintenance that needs considering. Not pushy, doesn't try to pressure you into getting everything done. I chose what I could afford at the time and now know what else needs to be done as and when I can afford it."
Good service from TopGear
"Overall happy with the service received from TopGear and had a thorough report for my service that was completed, will be using TopGear again in the future."
"Job done, no hassle whatsoever. Very pleased"
"My first visit to this garage. I trusted the reviews and made an online contact. I received a call back promptly and was able to book a time convenient to me. I was impressed by the cleanliness and order in the garage and could tell that it was a professionally run operation. I was kept fully informed throughout and was spoken to in a polite and respectful way I would not hesitate in using this garage again Thank you to the team"
"Honest bunch of Lads.. no pressure.. upfront about costs.. i'd feel comfortable and happy buying my own parts and taking it to them for labour only."
"Refreshing change to have a garage with staff so trustworthy. Kept me informed of progress and once again did a good job for a reasonable price."
Friendly and helpful
"Very happy with the service provided"
Could be improved.
"Friendly and welcoming generally. Office could be made more client friendly, eg an upgrade"
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 Derby 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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