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"Booked through their online booking system Sunday evening for Monday morning investigation. Received early Monday morning call stating they had received my online booking and expected my car into their workshop am Monday. Car delivered on recovery vehicle mid-morning. Investigation and repair completed by 2.30pm. Excellent service and many thanks."
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"Carried out annual service and MOT with no problems and at quoted price."
"Drop my car off in the morning. Picked it back up at the end of the day. Car went straight through with a few advisorys. Very pleased with the service and will be returning should I need anything sorting out in-between my next test. Thanks Oakdale garage staff. :)"
"I used this garage as my dad had used it for years until he sadly passed away. He was delighted with the services provided and as soon as my tie to a main dealer expired I switched to this garage. I would have no hesitation in recommending this company. Thank you!"
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"I have used fastfit for many years, there's never a suck in of breath and a shake of the head when you have work that needs doing. A very honest and reliable garage that I would not hesitate to recommend."
"I have used Parkstone MOT Ltd for years for my vehicle MOT I wouldn't go anywhere else, fantastic service, great team."
"Really good service, went above and beyond, would use again"
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"Done on time (per appointment), and competently. No drama!"
"Very satisfied with everything, they even reduce the noise of the engine without telling them. I will be back for my other car too!"
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 Poole 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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