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Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

Modern vehicles in and around PEQUANNOCK run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for PEQUANNOCK drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us NJ drivers have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers and DVD players.We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off.Fortunately, battery technology has given PEQUANNOCK drivers resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is, batteries just wear o ... read more

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Parts

Trickle Down Technology

Recently, Nissan introduced the latest version of its Leaf, the company's electric car. It has many new features, including something called e-Pedal. It allows the driver to let up on the accelerator and, unlike a gasoline engine car, the Leaf doesn't just slowly lose speed; letting off the throttle pedal brakes the car in a very controlled way, using regenerative and sometimes friction brakes. With practice, a driver can go for a fairly long time without touching the brake pedal. Another system, similar to those found in self-driving vehicles, can steer the car to keep it in the center of the lane using a camera and radar. It literally watches the lane markers and, of course, doesn't work well in snow that obliterates those markers. But the technology is impressive and can greatly reduce fatigue on long trips. In fact, much of this technology has "trickled down" from research on autonomous vehicles, such as adaptive cruise control that slows down your vehicle (even to a stop) if the v ... read more

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in PEQUANNOCK

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in PEQUANNOCK

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned. Call BOCK AUTOMOTIVE at 973-694-1606 for answers about your timing belt, or drop by our PEQUANNOCK, NJ, service center on 1 IRVING ST. It's critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all.The timing belt is responsible for rotating the shafts that con ... read more

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Timing Belt

Lease or Buy?

Lease or Buy?

Lease? Or buy? These are the options for PEQUANNOCK drivers. It's always a tough question for auto owners, but here is some info that'll help you make an informed decision.If you buy, you'll pay the full cost of the vehicle, maybe an initial down payment, monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.PEQUANNOCK drivers who lease finance the portion of the cost of the vehicle that's used up during the term of the lease. You'll pay some money up front: fees, security deposit, first month's payment and maybe a capital reduction. The monthly payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. When the lease is up, you return the vehicle to your local PEQUANNOCK area dealership. So how do PEQUANNOCK drivers decide?First, how much do you have for a down payment? A lease usually requires a smaller down payment.How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will ... read more

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Automotive News

How to Know When to Change Your Oil at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

How to Know When to Change Your Oil at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Today in the BOCK AUTOMOTIVE auto care blog, we're going to talk to PEQUANNOCK drivers about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, oil change intervals become longer for BOCK AUTOMOTIVE customers. For example, recently four of the world's largest vehicle manufacturer's shortened the published intervals for several of their engine models. They originally published intervals that extended out to a much as 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers).In real world PEQUANNOCK driving, the oil started to sludge up before the recommended change interval. Oil sludge is a thick jelly-like substance: quite literally petroleum jelly – like Vaseline. This goop was clogging vehicle small engine passages so the oil wouldn't flow to some parts of the engine. This resulted in engine damage. We see it too often at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK.The vehicle manufacturers began to offer an extended warranty to cover sludge damage. But there was a catch: the vehicle ... read more

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Fluids

Serpentine Belt Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Serpentine Belt Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead after a short distance.The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).And, on most vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within optimal operating temperatures. On some PEQUANNOCK vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.When they understand what it does, PEQUANNOCK drivers realize that if it breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why vehicle manufacturers outline recommended replacement guidelines in the owner’s manuals. If th ... read more

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Maintenance

To Save Gas Around PEQUANNOCK: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

To Save Gas Around PEQUANNOCK: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

  One topic that hits the news in NJ on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some NJ drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in PEQUANNOCK who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into BOCK AUTOMOTIVE is one of the best ways people in PEQUANNOCK can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can't lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces fuel economy.Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for NJ drivers.Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings before the next oil chan ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

When PEQUANNOCK drivers need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control and anti-lock brake systems.If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should always be put on the rear axle for stability in slippery conditions. Your friendly and professional BOCK AUTOMOTIVE tire professional can help you know when your worn tires should be replaced, if you can have a damaged tire repaired as well as selecting the right tires for your needs.Give us a call.BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com

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Tires and Wheels

Air Conditioning Maintenance at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Air Conditioning Maintenance at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Warm weather or cold, PEQUANNOCK drivers still need to think about their vehicle's air conditioning. Most PEQUANNOCK people don't service their air conditioning until after it fails. At BOCK AUTOMOTIVE, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturers preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on. Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the vehicle's air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can't cool the air as well. We see that a lot at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK.The refrigerant also contains oil that lubricates air conditioning components and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners know that air conditioning repairs can b ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Things Aren't Always What They Seem

If you drive, you know at some point, something's going to go wrong with your vehicle.  And sometimes, it's pretty easy to figure out what's wrong, like a flat tire.  But sometimes your vehicle's symptoms can be really puzzling. One driver in NJ was heading to work on a hot July day and noticed when he pressed the accelerator, sometimes it wouldn't do anything. He also noticed his cruise control wouldn't work and his traction control light was constantly on, very unusual. He was trying to figure it out, but none of it made any sense.  His cruise control had always worked perfectly, his traction light never had gone on before and there was never any issue pressing on the accelerator. It was time to take his car in for a professional diagnosis, and boy, was he surprised that it was a freak accident he'd had the previous WINTER that was the root of his problems.  You see, in January, his car had slipped on ice when he was in reverse and had gently tapped a tree.  ... read more