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"very pleased with the service provided"
Helpful after MOT fail
"Service good although I had to contact them to know when I could collect car. Issue resolved quickly. There was a charge on bill I was unfamiliar with and should have checked with them to understand. I would most definitely use them again."
"Very good customer service, car collected and returned . Very satisfied"
Great peace of mind
"My car needed a service and I was honestly dreading it. Luckily I found Acton Service Centre and they really put my mind at ease. I found them very honest and reliable. My car was serviced in a timely fashion and I was kept informed throughout. I was also given some recommendations about my car without ever being pushy about replacing parts."
"Friendly, quick service and even managed to fit me in last minute."
Really great service
"I'm happý with the service very good work and professional attitude of the staff. Recommend it 5+"
Best in the business
"Online booking of Interim Service was straight forward. Also asked for a courtesy car is Fergussons Sutton is a bit out of the way public transport wise for me. Although the courtesy car was returned late, Russel did do his best to ask the client to bring the car in as there is another client waiting. Service and MOT was done within a day, but I could not make it for their closing time and they had no hassle for me to collect the next morning. Unfortunately I am always weary about this trade as I have no foot to stand on when you take a car into a Service Centre and they tell you that there is things that needs to be replaced for it to pass MOT. You can only but take their word for it unless you have a lot of spare time and money for 2nd/3rd opinions. Anyway, no such issues with Furgesson. I have serviced my car there the last couple of years and wish I new about them earlier. Highly recommended."
"Good all round service"
"Efficient and great staff."
Very please do
"Great service and I did not feel that they tried to “find” work that needed doing."
"Easy to book helpful staff"
"Very Happy with the work carried out"
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 Wotton-under-Edge 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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