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Why Alignment Matters (Vehicle Alignment Maintenance)

It's one of those things that can happen on a multi-day road adventure or a quick trip to the grocery store.  You hit a pothole, go too fast over a speed bump, nail a curb.  When it happens, you think, "I wonder if that was hard enough to do any damage?"  But things seem ok and you continue on your way.  Keep in mind that any blow to your vehicle's suspension can throw it out of alignment.  It can be a hard knock from the road or from another vehicle, such as being involved in a minor accident.  When your suspension is out of alignment, it means that the wheels aren't all pointing where they should.  And after a while, it can make your tires wear unevenly and cause problems with steering and handling. Let's go back to that pothole or curb you hit hard.  Even though you think there was no damage done, if you wait until you see tire wear, you may need to replace all four tires, not an inexpensive proposition. That's why it's a good idea to make sur ... read more

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Alignment

Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At BOCK AUTOMOTIVE we get a lot of PEQUANNOCK drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around NJ, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart PEQUANNOCK drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around PEQUANNOCK to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to BOCK AUTOMOTIVE for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.1 IRVING ST PEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440 973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com ... read more

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Maintenance

When You Hear the Crash in PEQUANNOCK: What to Do After an Accident

Motorists in North America drive about 3 trillion miles/4.8 trillion kilometers every year. There are over 250+ million licensed drivers, and approximately 6.2 million accidents happen every year. Unfortunately, if we're going to drive vehicles, there are going to be accidents. Knowing what to do in case of an accident can help reduce the stress and cost of the situation. It can also protect you from false claims, incorrect judgments and unjust liabilities. Never leave the scene of an accident. This is a crime, even if the accident is not your fault. If you leave the scene, it is referred to as a “hit-and-run,” and the fines are steep in NJ. You can even lose your driver's license or spend some time in jail. If someone has been injured in the accident, most laws require you to help them. You must call for help. If you can, you must also render first aid. Call 9-1-1 or get someone else to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if ... read more

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Auto Safety

10 Services PEQUANNOCK Drivers Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over PEQUANNOCK. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by PEQUANNOCK residents. They're all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.1. Power Steering ServiceBe honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time you're in for an oil change, ask your BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor if it's time f ... read more

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Maintenance

Getting the Right Tires and Wheels in PEQUANNOCK

A lot of people get custom wheels in PEQUANNOCK. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you're not careful. Sometimes, once they're mounted, they just don't fit right. The tires rub in turns or on bumps. You don't want that. Consulting your BOCK AUTOMOTIVE tire professional can ensure you get the right fit. First he'll ask you a series of questions about your PEQUANNOCK driving needs and what you want in your new wheels. Now, not every wheel can go on every car. Care must be taken so that tires and wheels are not too large or that the wheel is centered too far towards the outside or the inside so the tires rub.If you don't want to make any modifications to your vehicle, you would need to focus on the wheels that would fit. With trucks, some people in PEQUANNOCK like much bigger tires so they need a suspension lift.Also, most PEQUANNOCK drivers don't realize that you need to keep the rolling diameter o ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

PEQUANNOCK residents often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around PEQUANNOCK, NJ, also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas.There's a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your vehicle manufacturer recommends. For help identifying the type of gasoline your engine needs, come by BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockauto ... read more

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Fuel System

Check Your Shocks and Struts at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

  Today we're talking to PEQUANNOCK drivers about shocks and struts. They're so easy for NJ folks to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they're very important.Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bumps and lifting on corners. The shocks push the tire down to the road to maximize traction. Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling for PEQUANNOCK drivers. There's a difference between shocks and springs. Springs support the weight of the vehicle, keeping it suspended up off the axles. The shocks moderate the rebound motion as wheels hit bumps. Now a strut combines a shock and a coil spring in one compact unit. It's best to replace all four shocks at the same time. That way you'll have even, predictable handling at all four corners. Anything less could be dangerous. Visit BOCK AUTOMOTIVE to have your shocks ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Clean Fuel Equals Clean Performance for PEQUANNOCK Drivers

Hello, PEQUANNOCK residents. Let's talk fuel filters. Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the engine.PEQUANNOCK auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. The cleaner the fuel, the better your vehicle engine will run.Over time, the small amounts of rust, dirt and contaminants in your fuel settle out inside the fuel tank. After about five years, this can amount to a quite a bit of sediment. This means that as your vehicle ages, your fuel filter has to work harder to screen your fuel: more sediment in your tank means more potential for grit in your fuel.The harder your fuel filter works, the more often it needs to be replaced. Check with your owner's manual to find out how often it should ... read more

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Fuel System

PEQUANNOCK Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among PEQUANNOCK drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should PEQUANNOCK drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around PEQUANNOCK?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero NJ temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in NJ?Do you drive often in dusty PEQUANNOCK areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around PEQUANNOCK?Do you drive in very hot or very cold NJ weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest PEQUANNOCK on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on PEQUANNOCK surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers and t ... read more

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Maintenance

Recommended PEQUANNOCK Service Intervals

Everyone in PEQUANNOCK, NJ, knows we are advised to go to our PEQUANNOCK dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious PEQUANNOCK residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – "Everything's fine, see you in six months." Or "You've got a small cavity starting, let's schedule an appointment to take care of it." By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues.This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills.If PEQUANNOCK folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist when facing the same system for our vehicle maintenance? Following the vehicle manufacturer's recommended intervals can be confusing. Fi ... read more

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