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"Very helpful,friendly staff and always kept upto date of progress,they even fixed something for me and didn’t charge for there time."
"Always received a fantastic service from autocare, which is why I keep going back! For the first time this year booked in for a service and mot online and was pleasantly surprised how easy it made it for me. Certainly reducing my annual MOT fear!"
"Very happy with the whole experience, very good service"
"Quality of service for an interim is not measurable ! However great service friendly ,helpful and car returned sparkling clean well done ."
WOULD USE AGAIN
"Over all great service, kept informed through out with suggestions of work needed but no pressure to do at the time, also offered courtesy car so wouldn't be without a vehicle but job done if good time so wasn't needed. Highly recommended."
Each year, Great Service
"The staff were really friendly and helpful. I arrived really early for my appointment and car park area was full but staff came out and moved cars around so i could drop my car off early to save me driving back and returning later. The staff provided the service that was requested and didn't try to upsell me any extras (which I've had at other places). Really happy with their service each year and happy to keep returning to them in the future. Highly recommend."
"Took my car to this place for MOT and service as my husband has used them before and they were great. They body shop also helped me with an issue when my bonnet wouldn’t close and didn’t even charge me! Really friendly receptionist, called me with the issue on the MOT straight away and fixed it within the hour. Feel like I can trust this company. Would definitely recommend"
"Did everything that was needed and gave it a good clean."
Nobody got back to me
"After calling several times nobody got back to me at all"
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 Exeter 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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