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"I have had all my services and MOTs with brookside autos and they have always done a great job. They always informed me before they were going to do any additional work on the car before they did (inc. the cost). Would 100% recommend, all very genuine guys who work there!"
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"Had the car serviced there a year ago and was very happy , went back again and still very happy with the work ."
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"Kam Servicing picked up my car for servicing/MOT without any extra costs in the morning which was very helpful and they rang me once my car needed extra repairs. Decent value garage, would recommend."
"I was greeted by Sam who was lovely and she made me feel very looked after. I was given a courtesy car and kept informed when my car was being taken in for the MOT, when the results were back and how long it would be for repairs to be completed. Everything was done on time and it wasn’t a particularly costly job. I won’t go anywhere else for repairs or my MOT or Service now"
"I always take my car to this garage , always really helpful and friendly . Highly recommend."
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"Simple and easy booking with helpful customer service. Fast service and honest approach. I didn't feel like i was being ripped off at any point and all notes were explained following the MOT recommendations."
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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