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Wheel Balancing at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Wheel Balancing at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? PEQUANNOCK drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on NJ roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the technician will spin the tire on a machine to determine where it's too heavy. He will then place weights on the wheels in strategic locations to balance it out. When a tire is out of balance, it actually bounces down the road instead of rolling smoothly. Since the average size tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 mph/97 kph, it is actually slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That's where you get your vibration.Most people in PEQUANNOCK are surprised ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Why People in PEQUANNOCK Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

Why People in PEQUANNOCK Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our PEQUANNOCK, NJ, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns.There are several reasons we hesitate to take care of recommended services, especially services that our PEQUANNOCK automotive advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like an oil change.The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your vehicle, but if you don't have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you're not forced to think as much about preventive maintenanc ... read more

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Inspection

Odometer Rollback on Your PEQUANNOCK, NJ Vehicle

Odometer Rollback on Your PEQUANNOCK, NJ Vehicle

How do PEQUANNOCK drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect NJ consumers against mileage fraud. It says a NJ seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in PEQUANNOCK, NJ, stop by BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: BOCK AUTOMOTIVE 1 IRVING ST PEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners do?You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, they'll give you a comprehensive vehicle history s ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Cooling System Components

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that PEQUANNOCK auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in NJ.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if PEQUANNOCK drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.Here at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflow tank and the hoses ... read more

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Cooling System

Automotive Tips from BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. PEQUANNOCK drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor can help you with the timing belt.Give us a call.BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com

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Timing Belt

Tracking True in NJ: Wheel Alignment in PEQUANNOCK

Tracking True in NJ: Wheel Alignment in PEQUANNOCK

The biggest issue for PEQUANNOCK area drivers is always safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK. When undergoing an alignment service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings.Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction.PEQUANNOCK drivers should be aware of the signs of alignment problems. These include the car pulling to one side. Also, the steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you see the edges of one or more tires rapidly wea ... read more

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Alignment

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

Hello NJ! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is slipperier, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there's less friction. This results in myriad benefits: better wear protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. And synthetic oil doesn't sludge up like conventional oil so it prevents those small oil passages from clogging up. (We see that too often at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK.)Some manufacturers are extending oil change ... read more

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Fluids

Brake Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Brake Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Brakes really aren't optional equipment for PEQUANNOCK drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.A regular brake inspection is on every NJ driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At BOCK AUTOMOTIVE, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your PEQUANNOCK service center right away. And watch out for these problems: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.There are several things that need to be serviced on the b ... read more

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Brakes

Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in PEQUANNOCK: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in PEQUANNOCK: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Taking care of our tires is part of vehicle care for PEQUANNOCK drivers. We know they have to be replaced when they wear out, but tires also require some preventive maintenance. This maintenance will improve and extend the life of the tires, so it's well worth the effort and expense for PEQUANNOCK drivers to get it done. Tire maintenance includes keeping tires properly inflated, rotating tires and balancing wheels.The recommended tire pressure for a vehicle's tires is printed on a sticker on the inside of the driver's side doorjamb. A lot of engineering goes into calculating the correct pressure, so it's an important number for PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners to know. Not following this recommendation can throw off the suspension system and can lead to tire damage. Underinflated tires wear out more quickly than properly inflated tires. Vehicles also get better traction and handling on properly inflated tires. Check your tire pressure at least once a week and add air if necessary.Do ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in PEQUANNOCK

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in PEQUANNOCK

Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the PEQUANNOCK area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there.Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local PEQUANNOCK service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of your driver's door that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure.And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops 20 percent below recommendations. That's severely underinflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed right away at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE.G ... read more

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Tires and Wheels