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"I was happy with the work and how friendly the staff were. Kept me up to date through whole process."
Could be better
"Work fine but not kept informed. Asked for quote for additional work which they didn't do"
Trustworthy and friendly
"Always friendly, reliable and helpful. Happy to explain about any work that needs to be done and provide options where possible."
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"Great bunch at Brookside, they go above and beyond to fix your car and offer great value. You can really trust them ."
Great as always
"Happy with customer service, price and work. Always fairly priced..Good honest garage"
Excellent - Recommended
"Pleasant, pain free and excellent service - very highly recommended"
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excellent service .
"this garage comes very highly recommended .and a very quick service .Just wished they could have washed my car after lol."
"Excellent professional job from start to finish"
Overall good service
"I was happy with the good service and quality given by this garage. I have already booked in again for replacement break pads required. Did not do the lift home service thou as asked for, so had to walk back home."
"Straightforward job completed without issue. Courteous and professional staff."
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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