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"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!"
"Happy with service and staff."
"Booked in easily. Paid for pick up and drop off service. Rang to check if I wanted some optional extras. Let me know outcone if MOT and cost of bulbs and wiper. Very friendly and will visit again"
"Very professional and efficient."
"Very happy .also open on Sundays which Is brilliant."
Couldn’t ask for more
"Very efficient in organising services, polite and well mannered. Would more than happily go there again."
A good standard
"Car runs better now"
"Brilliant customer service and an honest bloke"
Great service & value
"I dropped my car off at the garage, which is easy to find and local to city centre (20 min walk). I received a call in the afternoon to notify me of recommended work on my car. I was quoted the price of parts and labour, but was not pressured into having the work done there and then, which I greatly appreciate. I was then called back once my service was complete. I arrived at the garage, where my car was waiting out front. The customer service was friendly and polite from the guys that I dealt with. I made payment, received all my paperwork and service book and drove away. I will recommend Auto Nation and will be sure to use this place again. Thank you."
"Good garage decent price"
"Great service, very polite and respectful!"
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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