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"Was very happy with service, i work nearby so when car was ready and passed they informed me through mobile, and didn't mind me taking an extra hour to get out of work to them, quality service"
Good friendly service
"Friendly, professional and great value service."
"Very happy...good work and kept me informed of progress and all work completed for a very good price. Would recommend this garage to everyone"
Great service at cutprice
"I was really happy with the service especially the free collection of the car from my house and then it being dropped off once the work was completed. However on the actual day I did have to ring to remind them to come for the car and also later to ask what time they would return it."
"Excellent customer service, Car collected ,Serviced and Returned. Staff all very courteous. Will use again next month for my other Vehicle"
"Easy to book online and an excellent price for an MOT."
"Really good value, friendly staff, can book online. Won't take my car anywhere else."
Pleased with service
"Service was quick and the staff were really helpful"
"The garage was recommended to me by a friend. I was so happy with the service i received. The staff are extremely helpful and informative, they kept me up to date with the progress of my car. The biggest thing though was the honesty of the garage, regarding what needed doing and cost. So pleased they were recommended to me, i won't be going to any other garage in the future with my car ( and it's an hours drive from my home but so worth it) and i would highly recommend them to others."
"Professional and friendly service."
Very good service
"From booking online, to the job been complete it was all hassle free and very good. They even lent me a car until the work was done a couple of hours later. They are honest and I'll be going back once again."
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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