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"Very reasonable price with dates and times to suit. Completed in very good time and was able to drop off and collect at my convenience. Highly recommended"
Efficient and thorough
"Booked car in online for next day.Car went in and service and MOT done in the time they said it would be.Polite and courteous"
"very happy with work done"
"Excellent job done, fab communication, very friendly and professional"
Great service as always
"Completely reliable, friendly garage. Great value for money. I wouldn't go anywhere else."
Really helpful staff
"Staff were really accommodating and helpful."
"Painless, work completed to good standard. Only negative is that I was advised to come at 08.30 but, on the day, found out that the MOT was booked for 10.30 and that the service would happen after the Mot which seems just wrong."
"We were really happy with the service and quality of work."
"Cheap, fast, kept me up to date"
"Great Service and good value for money, I will be going back again next year"
"Clear and detailed explanation of the faults found and the work needed to address them."
"I have been using GP Autos for 8 years with always a great result. The team are always helpful and totally efficient.. I cannot recommend this garage enough"
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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