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"Friendly and welcoming staff, top quality service with a smile. Always know my vehicle is in good hands and going to be well taken care of. Would 10/10 recommend their services to family and friends"
"My MOT was carried out quickly and courteoustly"
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"Used few garages in past and always one problem from not having my booking so turned away or taking a lot longer than told , quality of work not good. Then I went to automaster and anything was no trouble, worked around my needs, perfect outcome every time . Live quite far from the garage but worth the travel time to have peace of mind it will be a hassle free professional experience!! Great to know there’s still actual mechanics and not just idiot with a tool box!"
Good honest service
"Have had my clutch repaired by Automaster and got a free MOT - alarm bells ring that it'll be a way to 'create' work for the garage but it turns out it's not! Did a great MOT and picked up 2 issues that they repaired for a great price with a loan car while they repaired it. Definitely coming back to this garage as service like this is hard to find :)"
"Very good service and helpful staff"
"Very efficient service and reasonable rates I will certainly use this garage again ."
"All went smoothly, collected and returned vehicle efficiently, no hidden costs, friendly."
"Friendly helpful staff. Kept me informed of any delays. Had my car back running smoothly within a few hours."
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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