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"Great service,very polite and helpful staff.kept me informed with any extras that may have been needed. Would use them again."
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"Monarch are a brilliant garage. Mary and the team and professional and you are kept informed at every stage . Been using them for 3 years now and wholeheartedly recommend them. They go the extra mile to get the customer the right price, give you options and advice and provide courtesy cars where appropriate to keep you on the road. Friendly service and they even remember you cars quirky names!"
"Abby was particular helpful, kept me up to date with everything. Couldn't do enough to help. Definately go back there again."
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"Always very honest and fair about work that needs doing and work that doesn’t need doing! Very flexible!"
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"Have previously had tyres replaced with monarch and always had good service, decided to try them for my car service. Was able to arrange pickup and drop off and all staff friendly and helpful. Service carried out at a good price, pretty much my go to garage for all my car work now, 5*****"
"Had an mot, full service, light repair, wheel replacement & headlights adjustment. Friendly service, kept me updated and explained everything they were doing. Really helpful to have the courtesy car as well, would have been so difficult to get to work otherwise! Only fault was that when I picked my car up, after service but before repairs were completed, as I was driving the panel underneath the car fell off and had to festive back to garage with it hanging down! To be fair to the garage everything on my car is quite rusty and they fixed it straight away no problem! Gino also glued my gear stick knob back on as a favour which was lovely!"
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 Peterborough 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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