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Quick and helpful service
"Very helpful and quick reliable service"
Good alround service
"Very professional staff it all felt very friendly and treated with respect"
"I organised with the garage to leave a key and the car before work and for them to let me know if any thing needed doing and I would pick it up after work. They rang me half an hour before I finished work to let me know that it had passed and I could pick it up. So all in all very good service. Will definitely use them in the future."
great guys cheap as chips
"was in and out fairly quick. price was great but they didnt put cover on seat or paper on floor so now have oil on seat and mat otherwise they would have got a 5star rating from me :-)"
"They kept me informed about any issues that they found during the car service ."
"As mentioned in the title. Quote given for items that showed as advisory on the service so that I could see how much I needed to budget for over the next few months. Jade on reception is very friendly & efficient."
Great Service - Jag XKR
"First class and get informed along the way"
"Seen quickly, given a lift home and back to the garage while the repair was going on. Fantastic service and defiantly the best service around Sevenoaks!"
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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