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"Great service very friendly staff, quick service"
"Cost was good"
"Following an issue with power which I couldn't isolate as a battery, alternator or wiring fault, G C Autos was able to quickly locate the problem (fault in the battery) and fix the issue."
"Service was extremely efficient. Dropped car off at 8:30 and received a call by 9:30 to say it was finished"
"The staff at GC AUTOS were brilliant. Car went in at 9am. Picked up shortly after 12pm. All work carried out with no bother and was absolutely brilliant value for money. A small, independent garage that I will be using all the time for my services and anything else I need. Will be recommending to all family and friends."
"Always reliable and very helpful, can't fault the service provided!"
"Picked car up promptly, great value and friendly"
"So happy with the service provided"
Great value service
"Work carried out on a Saturday and finished by 1pm which is perfect when you work 9-5! Work was done to a great quality and car left clean, even given a quick wash. Excellent price for combined service and MOT compared to Kwik Fit and other chain garages. Advice given on what may be required in the future which is really helpful."
My new favourite garage
"Friendly service , great prices , no flim flam or suggestion of unnecessary work, just a good honest service. Highly recommended."
Great first visit!
"Really great and quick work. Felt welcomed and informed throughout. Would definitely recommend!"
Good and cheap
"Paid £123 for an MOT and service, which is one of the cheapest I’ve seen!"
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.
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