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"Very friendly and helpful staff"
"Such a great garage always take my car here won’t go anywhere else"
Good local garage
"Friendly, helpful staff and very competitive pricing. My only qualm was that I'd booked a morning session, originally for service and MOT. I dropped my car off at 08.50 as instructed, but wasn't contacted until lunch time to query the date for MOT and the service had not been started at this point. Other than this, I have no complaints."
Good Service and MOT
"Very helpful on the phone, courtesy call before they collected the vehicle. Collected and return when they said it woudl be."
"The staff were very friendly and kept me updated. Future advisories from the service were quoted and will be booking it in to get the work done."
Polite & Professional
"Courteous, polite & friendly staff, couldn’t fault the service I received."
Quick And Easy
"In and out without any problems. Very polite and friendly local garage."
"Website advises a 15% discount is available to NHS Staff but upon arrival this was declined as the service booked was a standard set price which was a little disappointing."
"Helpful, friendly, good prices, always reliable. Good comunication"
Quick and great service
"The staff were professional and courteous the entire time. Check my booking was correct, took the car and kept me informed during all the work. When it came to new tyres they talked me through different prices for the different grades and advised me on the most cost effective product."
"I was very happy with my MOT and service and I was kept informed of progress throughout the day. The workmen had to repair some damage caused by a previous service and did this even though it involved them getting parts from a different garage."
"very happy with work and speed of turn around"
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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