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Higher Mileage Service Intervals for PEQUANNOCK

PEQUANNOCK drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the PEQUANNOCK area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, PEQUANNOCK residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. 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 going.Some owner's manuals don't outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. In fact, it's more important than ever for PEQUANNOCK drivers to stay on to ... read more

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Fuel System

Give Your Engine Clean Fuel with a New Fuel Filter from BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Your vehicle requires plenty of clean fuel to run. If your fuel contains contaminants, your fuel injectors will eventually become clogged up. When this happens, your vehicle engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run at peak performance. This hurts performance as you drive around the PEQUANNOCK area. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber.That's why all vehicles, including vehicles, come equipped with a fuel filter. The job of the filter is to clean out little pieces of dirt and contamination. The filter captures the contaminants and keeps them out of the fuel stream. Of course, like all filters, it will eventually get clogged up and need to be replaced at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK.If your fuel filter is clogged, the vehicle engine can't get all the fuel it needs, and it may sputter at high speeds or quick acceleration. Many fuel filters have a by ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Alignment Inspection

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for PEQUANNOCK drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment.When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE will inspect your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He’ll also compare your current alignment with the vehicle manufacturer’s settings.Your vehicle owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in a crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around PEQUANNOCK, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor perform an important alignment check.BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com

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Alignment

The Right Fluids for Your Vehicle

The current vehicles in the market have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids.It's up to people in PEQUANNOCK to always use the right type of fluid for their vehicle. Your service advisor and your owner's manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what types of fluid your vehicle needs. Improper fluids can damage your vehicle and void your warranty.Some of the fluids that have changed significantly in recent years are cooling system fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid and motor oil. Each of these comes in many varieties now, and it's hard to know exactly which one your vehicle needs.Cooling systems were once made of iron, steel and rubber. One coolant could be used to protect all of these materials. But new cooling systems have components m ... read more

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Fluids

Blind Spot Safety for PEQUANNOCK Driving

Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in PEQUANNOCK, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other PEQUANNOCK drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out of the driveway or parking space. Adjust your rearview mirror so that you see as much of the area behind you as possible. And, no, this doesn't include the passengers in the back seat. The rearview mirror isn't designed to be a baby monitor.Next, lean to the side until your head almost touches the driver's side window. Now adjust the driver's side mirror so that it just catches the side of the vehicle. Then, lean to the middle of the car and adjust the passenger's side mirror in the same wa ... read more

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Safety

PEQUANNOCK Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

Let's talk about air quality in PEQUANNOCK. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, PEQUANNOCK drivers began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?Now, it's only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in PEQUANNOCK. You can look in your owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, there'll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you live in an area of NJ where there's a lot of dust, pollen or pollution, you may need to change it more often.You can also ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK. How hard is it to change an air filter on a car? It depends on your vehicle. Some are quite accessible; others take some doing to get to them. They're usually in the engine compartment or under the dashboard.Because cabin air filters are so new on the scene, some people haven't h ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Winter Tires

What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of PEQUANNOCK driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in NJ, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. NJ drivers called them snow tires back then, and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regular tires and they weren't very good on ice, packed snow or wet NJ roads. They were not even very good on dry roads. They really helped in deep or loose snow, but they did a poor job the rest of the time. They were loud and rode hard. People couldn't wait to get them off in the spring.Then all-season tires started to appear in PEQUANNOCK tire shops. All-season tires are really a compromise between summer and winter performance. They have acceptable hot weather ride and tread life and can get NJ drivers through m ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings for PEQUANNOCK vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's BOCK AUTOMOTIVE post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around PEQUANNOCK, NJ. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for PEQUANNOCK vehicles. The bearings are packed with heavy grease to lubric ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

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