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Can Car Scent Keep You Safe on NJ Roads?

Here's a travel tip that'll I'll bet you didn't know, and it might keep you safer...The average American commuter in NJ spends two and a half hours daily in their vehicle.The government says 100,000 auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)So what does this have to do with how your vehicle smells while you're driving around PEQUANNOCK?Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert? Is it: A. Strawberry B. New Car C. Pine D. Warm Vanilla Breeze It's C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the vehicle, according to AroMetrics.And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents.And you thought they just smelled nice. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive ... read more

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Automotive News

Hey PEQUANNOCK Drivers: How Do You Save Gas?

Higher PEQUANNOCK fuel prices aren't going away any time soon. That's not good news for our wallets. A lot of PEQUANNOCK drivers are trying to find ways to cut down on fuel consumption and hang on to some of their hard-earned money.North Americans drive billions of miles less during months of high fuel prices. That's right, billions. Of course NJ vehicle owners can't stop driving altogether, so we still need to find other ways to cut fuel bills.Preventive maintenance at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK and good vehicle care can actually pay for themselves by lowering our fuel consumption. Here's a real-life example of how that can work.A family planned a four-day camping trip. Before leaving, they took their SUV into BOCK AUTOMOTIVE for an oil change. They flushed the cooling system, serviced all three differentials and cleaned the fuel system. They replaced the PCV valve and breather element. Then they checked the tires to ensure they had enough air ... read more

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Fuel Economy

How to Get Better Gas Mileage in PEQUANNOCK

There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in PEQUANNOCK can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest PEQUANNOCK computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can run utilities that clean off temporary files and clean your memory registry. You can optimize your hard drive and a number of other things.What you're doing is maintaining your computer to make it efficient. It's the same thing with your vehicle. You maintain it to make it more efficient. It works the way it was designed to and that means it uses less fuel while you drive around PEQUANNOCK. And you save money.To help organize our discussion, let's think of things that rob us of fuel economy in ... read more

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Fuel System

Wiper Blades in NJ

If you're gonna drive around the PEQUANNOCK area, you've got to be able to see! So having a good set of windshield wipers is extremely important. We've all experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm or when our windshield is just dirty.It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need them the most. But windshield wipers are like most other vehicle parts– they require regular attention in order to work their best.You really ought to replace your wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If it's going to be a particularly harsh winter in NJ, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall. Winter blades are designed to resist freezing.Speaking of winter and freezing conditions, if your car has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don't use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That'll ju ... read more

On Board Diagnostics for PEQUANNOCK Motorists

Some PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners wonder why BOCK AUTOMOTIVE and other PEQUANNOCK auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics. Receiving a diagnostic charge at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the PEQUANNOCK area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy NJ road, you pull off at the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you're having an intermittent problem with your vehicle engine, however, a BOCK AUTOMOTIVE diagnosis may be much more involved.Much of the PEQUANNOCK driver's confusion comes when the problem involves the Check Engine light. The Check Engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem. There's a common misconception among NJ drivers that the trouble code tells the BOCK AUTOMOTIVE technician exactly what's wrong. They wonder wh ... read more

Automotive Tips from BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Serpentine Belt Overview

The technicians at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in PEQUANNOCK have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your vehicle manufacturer has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK can inspect your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.Give us a call.BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com ... read more

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Serpentine Belt

Automotive Tips from BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At BOCK AUTOMOTIVE we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for PEQUANNOCK drivers.Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement. A complete accessory drive system service replaces the serpentine belt, the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys your car might have. Your friendly and professional BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor can inspect your system and let you know if it’s time for a replacement.Give us a call.BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com  

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Serpentine Belt

Diagnosing Your Vehicle at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

When we PEQUANNOCK residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find “diagnostic fees” as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for his ability to diagnose what's wrong. It's no different with our vehicles.Some diagnoses are fairly simple. Brake repairs at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE usually require only a visual inspection, for instance. But other problems are much more difficult to diagnose. An intermittent engine problem, for example, takes time and expertise to pinpoint.Modern vehicles have multiple computers that monitor a variety of sensors throughout the vehicle. When one of those sensors has a reading that is higher or lower than the standard parameters, the computer turns on the Check Engine light. Technicians at a service center such as BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK can scan the engine's computer for a trouble code ... read more

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Diagnostics

Serpentine Belt Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy PEQUANNOCK road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components. Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go long distances. Like all moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving around PEQUANNOCK, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the vehicle immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing engine damage. You can be sure that it won't happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even need to get yo ... read more

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Parts

Under Pressure in PEQUANNOCK: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in PEQUANNOCK, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on NJ roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, PEQUANNOCK drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concerns as well ... read more

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Tires and Wheels