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"Cant get too excited about getting my car mot'd but the service was a good job done cheers."
"Very happy with everything -all done online and job completed exactly as appointment booked - Thank you"
"Had a major service completed at a reasonable price and staff were friendly"
"I have had two cars tested here, the first one was failed by a major chain who also told me I needed extensive electrical wiring work to cure an intermittent brake light fault. Here they put it down to lightbulbs, changed 3 of them and all was good! An 8 pound fix."
No Pressure Garage
"Having had a service elsewhere before my regular garage had to close I just wanted an MOT. They did it and didn't pressure me for any unnecessary minor works that some might have. Will go back."
"Excellent service, collected my car and returned it. Well priced service and great at keeping me up to date with progress. Fixed an extra issue I had and called before with a price to make sure it was ok. Top work, thank you"
"Great reliable company, family have used for over 5 years - trusted supplier"
"Dropped it off 8:30 and was ready to pick up before the end of the day. They kept in touch as further faults were found, letting me know of cost estimates to repair - which were very agreeable. Definitely using them for my MOT and any other work in the future"
"Extremely happy with the work, suggestions and service provided."
"Quick service and helpful friendly staff."
Quality local service
"A great job done finding parts in a hurry for an imported car. Quality of work is excellent."
"Very efficient service. Kept informed about repairs required. Work carried out to a good standard and very timely. Staff very friendly and helpful. Good value for money."
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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