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"Extremely efficient and very helpful excellent advice given and would definitely use again"
"Wonderful garage full of helpful and friendly staff, they talked me through every step of the work that needed to be done to my car and worked har and done an amazing job and getting it back on the road and keeping me informed of the situation as time passed! I can’t recommend them more!!"
"I have been coming here for several years now. They are v. Good value, good communicators and good quality"
"Initially i was not happy as my booking got forgot and they had no idea i was coming. However the service from the staff was amazing. They soon sorted everything and ordered the parts required. Great communication, extremely friendly, lovely little play area for children to occupy themselves and also colouring books and competition given to the children. I certainly will return"
Great Service thank you
"Great customer service and squeezed me in straight away, didnt treat me any different for being a woman (some places can be realy patronising) completed quickly and full explanation for advisories. Thank you!"
"My car required additional unforeseen work and corrective work completed by a previous garage. The most efficient solution was taken and despite the cost being more than anticipated I can rest assured the the work has been done to a high standard and no short cuts taken. Independent and customer focused repairer with great knowledge and expert mechanics. Will definitely be using them again."
"Hadn't used before but i must say I'm very impressed with level of service you get free pick up from home and delivery of car back after service or repairs are done plus they clean the car before returning which I've never had with any other garage previously let's just say i will be making use of them again in the future! Plus they have super competitive prices compared to big named garages!! Highly recommended! :)"
"Perfect from start to finish"
Friendly and Efficient
"I have had works done at this garage for awhile now and even introduced my partner as I feel they are the best! They are friendly, honest and get the job done. They keep you informed of the works and you feel safe. They make the whole experience hassle free. Thank you Craig, Claire and the mechanics."
Good service, informative
"Happy with the garage. Just not my car!"
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 Ipswich 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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