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On Board Diagnostics for PEQUANNOCK Motorists

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

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

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

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at PEQUANNOCK car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of PEQUANNOCK, NJ, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart PEQUANNOCK drivers.The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for PEQUANNOCK residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart PEQUANNOCK drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE.Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to avoid the build ... read more

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Maintenance

Is Your PEQUANNOCK Driving Severe?

Is Your PEQUANNOCK Driving Severe?

People near PEQUANNOCK, NJ, often ask BOCK AUTOMOTIVE how often they should have a particular service done. It's a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner's manual or have your PEQUANNOCK, NJ, service advisor at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules.One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in PEQUANNOCK will say that their driving is normal and that the 'regular' schedule probably applies to them. 'Severe service' sounds pretty extreme – 'I don't drive like that.'Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. Most of your trips are less than four miles (six and a half kilometers). Most of your trips are less than ten miles (16 km) and outside temperatures are ... read more

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Automotive Tips: Diagnostic Service

Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that the doctor will have to examine you, ask some questions and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This same scenario plays out every day at NJ auto repair facilities. When the cause of the concern isn’t obvious, the car will need to undergo a diagnostic examination. The typical car has about 30,000 parts, including several networked computers and miles of wiring. Finding exactly what is wrong can be very complicated and take some time. The most experienced technicians at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK are the ones who tackle the difficult diagnostic jobs. Once they have determined the cause of the ... read more

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Exhaust

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on PEQUANNOCK streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in PEQUANNOCK. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle air filter is ... read more

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Maintenance
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