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"Service was great and good value. Would recommend"
"Picked up my car from my work place and delivered it back. No hidden extra costs."
"No issues, good value, good knowledge"
"Very straightforward from booking to car collection, recommended."
"Good service, COLLECTED AND RETURNED VEHICLE AFTER WORK ETC COMPLETED"
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"Wife's car needed MOT, service and brakes repairing. They came to pick it up. Actually passed it's MOT despite the brakes and didn't push me to have them repaired (although recommended). Sorted the brakes out quickly and had the car in and out again in less than a day. Great service."
"Very pleased with the service I received."
Great friendly service
"Great service, will definitely use again. Quick work done after my car unfortunately failed it’s MOT and good price. Very handy pick up and drop off service"
"Service was fantastic and Chris was very helpful! Even providing me with information on additional services"
"Bit of a mix up with collection service from home but my car is running better than ever. I would recommend a quick wash off before returning car would make this service complete"
MoT process efficient
"Vehicle's work booked online. Vehicle booked in on time, efficiently and politely. I was contacted when the vehicle was ready for collection. Efficient and trouble-free process with friendly staff."
Will be going back
"Had a rattling noise that turned out to be the heat shield which had rotted away on one side. Was seen the same day and repaired for free. Will be going back when my Mot is due."
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 can you save money (and the environment) while you drive?
As every garage owner will tell you, there are some tried and tested ways to cut down on your petrol costs (and consumption) while you’re out and about in Stockton-on-Tees or beyond. One is to shut your windows. If you can hear that wind noise in your car it’s costing you more to drive. This is because the car becomes less aerodynamic and has to work harder to motor along. Removing a roof rack will improve your fuel efficiency for the same reason. Another useful tip is to combine short trips into one; each time you drive after your car has been parked for a while the engine will be cold and need to use a lot more fuel for the first 5 miles or so. If you do one trip from school drop-off to supermarket to office you’ll use far less fuel than if you do all those trips individually.
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