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Super Slick at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK: Synthetic Oil

When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for PEQUANNOCK drivers. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil is either more highly refined petroleum or completely man-made. Its molecules are more uniform. This provides advantages over conventional motor oil. First of all, the molecular structure of synthetic motor oil makes it more slippery than conventional oil so it lubricates better. This translates to better wear protection for PEQUANNOCK drivers, cooler operating temperatures and more engine power. Further, synthetic oil is more heat-resistant than conventional oil, and it doesn't vaporiz ... read more

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Fluids

Charge It in PEQUANNOCK for Extended Battery Life

Here's an interesting statistic for our in PEQUANNOCK, NJ, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs and entertainment computers are keeping vehicle batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it'll die.It's clear that you PEQUANNOCK drivers need to recharge your batteries. This is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car's demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions or short trips around PEQUANNOCK. The alternator just can't keep up.The result is shortened battery life. So what can we do to improve our battery's health?We need to keep the battery as close to a full charge as ... read more

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Battery

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Automotive Tips: Alternator

Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all of the vital electrical systems in your vehicle. That’s everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows and everything you plug into the power outlets. After your alternator makes enough electricity to do all that, it recharges your battery with what’s left over.When PEQUANNOCK drivers constantly have a low or dead battery, the alternator is usually a prime suspect. However, the alternator is just one vital component of the starting/charging system, and a problem with any of the other components could be the actual cause.In addition to the alternator, the charging/starting system includes the battery, starter, serpentine belt system and all of the electrical cables that connect them. Your BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor has a systematic process of testing components and connections to get to the source of your t ... read more

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Alternator

How Do You Save Gas in PEQUANNOCK, NJ?

No one in PEQUANNOCK, NJ, likes to spend a chunk of change at the gas pump. Rising NJ fuel prices, however, have spurred PEQUANNOCK drivers to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles/kilometers less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we love our vehicles, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.Let's look at a real life example. This man has one of those really big SUVs. Lots of kids and horses to haul around, you know. His family was planning a four day camping trip. Here's what he did to cut his fuel costs:First, he installed a new, high flow engine air filter. Then he had his service center change his oil, flush his cooling system and service his front and rear differentials along with the transfer case. He also had a fuel system cleaning, replaced his PCV valve and breather element. He also made sure his tires were ... read more

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Fuel System

Service Center Standard and Procedures

All NJ pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget steps. It is also how they can assure a predictable outcome. That is why PEQUANNOCK automotive service centers including BOCK AUTOMOTIVE have procedural standards for each service they perform. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE technicians are trained step by step. And they perform the procedures step by step, the same way each time. By training to procedural standards, NJ service centers can assure a quality outcome. The job is done right every time and PEQUANNOCK customers leave happy with how their vehicle performs. Each company trains its technicians to standards. The NJ automotive industry as a whole is very committed to standards of excellence and encourages individual NJ service center operators to apply them to every vehicle they service. An example is how BOCK AUTOMO ... read more

Keep Your Cool in PEQUANNOCK: Air Conditioning Service

Most PEQUANNOCK drivers don't even think about their air conditioner. Now here's a tip for PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners: Run your air conditioner every so often during NJ winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out. The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your vehicle windshield during NJ winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some PEQUANNOCK cars you can't run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don't ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.Also, air and water can get into the A/C system. That can reduce the efficiency of the system and also lead to corrosion that causes damage. PEQUANNOCK drivers should periodically purge the system and replace the refrigerant to remove the air and water.NJ drivers would be wise to lea ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Buying the Right Tires and Wheels in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

Everyone in PEQUANNOCK, NJ eventually replaces their tires, whether it's because they're worn out or they're just looking for something different. There are so many great tire choices in PEQUANNOCK, it can be difficult to sort them out. Let's group the broad spectrum into several categories that will help in the selection process.One category is often referred to as "summer tires". Summer tires are designed to be driven on the road when temperatures are generally above 45 degrees F (7 degrees C). Their tread design is optimized for traction on dry roads around NJ and they're also able to effectively displace water on rainy roads.So if you live where its summer all year round, these tires will work well for you. If you like maximum performance in warm weather, but still live where it gets cold and snowy, you'll want to change your summer tires for winter tires as the weather starts to change.There's a range of tires within the winter tire category. If you live where there's a lot of sno ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Timing Belt

Ever heard the sad tale of a staggeringly steep repair bill from a broken timing belt? Bad news. Let's take a lesson from their woes and remember to think about our timing belt.First, let's review what a timing belt does. The top part of the engine over the cylinders is called the cylinder head. The head contains the valves. There's at least one valve that lets the fresh air into the cylinder. This air, mixed with fuel, burns to create power. Then another valve or two will open to allow the exhaust out of the engine. Each cylinder has 2 to 4 valves - that's 12 to 24 valves for a V-6, up to 32 values on a V-8. The opening and closing of the valves is done by a camshaft. The timing belt uses the rotation of the engine to drive the camshaft which opens and close the valves. It's called a timing belt because it has to be adjusted to rotate the camshaft to keep proper time with the engine so that everything's in sync.The timing belt is a toothed rubber belt. But some vehicles use ... read more

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Parts

Maintaining Your Older Car in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in PEQUANNOCK, NJ: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the PEQUANNOCK motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the PEQUANNOCK area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in NJ have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give BOCK AUTOMOTIVE a call at 973-694-1606 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. I ... read more

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Maintenance

Serpentine Belt Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Most PEQUANNOCK folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my PEQUANNOCK market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory in line ... read more

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Maintenance
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