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"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."
"Good efficient service"
"Easy to book, great contact and great service."
"Friendly helpful service thank you"
M.O.T without hassle
"Found this garage recently and this was my second visit. Again no hassle and fast and efficient. I will be going back again soon for some works I need doing. Anyone reading this seriously give this place a go."
"Very accommodating with times, service was good and excellent job done. Friendly informative staff."
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.
There are two types of power steering: rack-and-pinion and the recirculating ball. Rack-and-pinion is the most common system. Although not as widespread, the recirculating ball system is still in use, mainly on vans and trucks.
In both systems, two high-pressure hoses connect the steering rack to both sides of the centre seal. One hose directs high pressure hydraulic fluid from the power steering pump to the steering mechanism, while the other allows fluid to flow back to the pump. When the steering wheel is turned left or right, the steering mechanism allows the hydraulic fluid to pass to that side of the rack. That pressure assists the vehicle's steering power by pushing the seal and rack in one direction or the other.
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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