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"Excellent work and kept updated throughout. Very professional and informative staff."
"The guys booked me in with very little notice, sorted the MOT issues & got me my car back ready for the school run!!! Friendly, helpful & informative.. Couldn't ask for more. Thanks guys."
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"I had booked both a service and MOT, but needed to reschedule the service until the end of month. I kept the Mot booking but slept in. The team at express motors were so accommodating and fit me in later that day. I can't fault them, they have always been exemplary at what they do, and for this reason I continue to take my car back."
"Very happy with every aspect of the service and quality of workmanship. Would definitely recommend."
"Booked online, requested a courtesy car, had a follow up call following day, arrived in morning and courtesy car was ready so i could shoot off to work and they called me with progress of service and MOT completely faultless experience and would highly reccomend ."
"Gary done a great job with doing mot on my car, speedy and efficient with great communication."
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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