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PEQUANNOCK Air Conditioning Service

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around PEQUANNOCK, but not in your vehicle. When PEQUANNOCK residents' vehicle AC Systems have a problem, they'll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable drive around NJ has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent repairs.A common cause of AC failure is water and air in the system. The system does not work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system and making it work harder to try to cool the air. That is why periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system for PEQUANNOCK residents, so it cools better and lasts longer.PEQUANNOCK drivers should a ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Water Pump

Water Pump

Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat the water pump The water pump's like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout your vehicle. It's a small pump that's driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear.The water pump only operates when the engine's running. Water pump failure is pretty routine. We see it often at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE. Some start failing at around 40,000 miles/64,000 km, but most fail by 100,000 miles/160,000 km. Consult your owner's manual or friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE to see what's recommended.Since a water pump either works or it doesn't, you need to change it when it fails. Water pumps fail in one of two ways: the bearings fail or they begin ... read more

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Cooling System

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our American Fork area shoe stores?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in PEQUANNOCK, what's the most important factor for you? Give us a call at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE at 973-694-1606 for tire recommendations. You know, buying tires in PEQUANNOCK is a big deal. It's a big ticket item so you know you'll be spending a lot. You're not only concerned about the price, but you want to know that it'll be a long time before you need to buy new tires again.And of course there's the safety aspect as well. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. They need to be up to the task. You want to ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in PEQUANNOCK

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in PEQUANNOCK

About 90% of our driving decisions in the PEQUANNOCK area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most PEQUANNOCK drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the PEQUANNOCK area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.PEQUANNOCK drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the ... read more

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Maintenance

Save Fuel by Watching Your Weight

Most PEQUANNOCK drivers are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. NJ folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.And we PEQUANNOCK drivers all know — or should know — that preventive maintenance will help maintain maximum fuel efficiency. But is there something more we can do? After all, some of us PEQUANNOCK road warriors can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get around PEQUANNOCK. And that means buying more gas and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your car. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight while driving around PEQUANNOCK? Do you really need your golf clubs every ti ... read more

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Fuel Economy

Deep Clean Your Fuel System at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your vehicle into BOCK AUTOMOTIVE for a check up.In today's BOCK AUTOMOTIVE auto post,we're talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. PEQUANNOCK residents need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better mileage .A clean fuel system saves money for PEQUANNOCK drivers at NJ gas stations. We guess you could say it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things PEQUANNOCK residents can do to keep their vehicle fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.So buying cheaper gas in NJ can actually be more expensive for PEQUANNOCK drivers in the long run. Now, most cars on NJ roads are more than five or six years old. That means they've had time for some dirt and rust ... read more

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Fuel System

Gear Up: Transmission Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Gear Up: Transmission Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shifting gears yourself. But with an automatic transmission, the vehicle shifts gears on its own. It automatically starts out in low gear and automatically shifts to high gears as it gets rolling. Again, it will automatically shift to a lower gear to climb hills or when you need a burst of speed.How does it know when to change gears? Today's automatic transmissions are computer-controlled. The computer gathers information about what the vehicle is doing and changes the gears as needed.Automatic transmissions are becoming more sophisticated all the time. More gears, or “speeds,” are being added. Almost all vehicles have at least four speeds. Five or six is common. Some are even increasing to seve ... read more

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Transmission

It's About Time: Following Service Intervals at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

It's About Time: Following Service Intervals at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

There are a lot of things in life that PEQUANNOCK residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our PEQUANNOCK dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don't stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences. Scheduled maintenance is also part of good vehicle care. PEQUANNOCK drivers should take their vehicles in regularly for a good check-up. But many folks struggle to remember or actually even ignore this auto advice. When it comes to our vehicles, we're more likely to listen to, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” than, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Yet it is the second adage that is the more applicable one.Regular brushing treatments prevent cavities. Filling a cavity prevents a more ... read more

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Inspection

Picking the Right Tires in PEQUANNOCK

Picking the Right Tires in PEQUANNOCK

Shopping for tires in PEQUANNOCK can be bewildering because there are many choices. Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes.First off, there are summer tires. Those who buy summer tires in PEQUANNOCK are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on NJ roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread design can handle rain but really isn't set up for snow and ice. Next comes winter tires. PEQUANNOCK people buy winter tires because they still like performance driving when it's cold and slippery on NJ roads, so they need a tread design that'll really bite into ice and snow. The rubber compound is formulated to stay pliable when temperatures drop below 45 degrees F/7 degrees C so they get great traction even on dry roads. On the other end of the winter tire spectrum are tires desig ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Let BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Help You Keep Your Vehicle Another Couple of Years

PEQUANNOCK area residents may remember when the U.S. government's “Cash for Clunkers” program made a splash on the news scene. People were offered incentives to trade in old vehicles for new, in the interest of better and improved air quality from reduced emissions.But a lot of PEQUANNOCK drivers want to hang onto their old clunkers. They're dependable and they're paid for. Owners would love to see the odometers on those vehicles turn past 200,000 miles (320,000 km), as long as the repair bills don't get too expensive.There are a lot of vehicles on NJ roads that have run past the 200,000 mile (320,000 km) odometer reading. Is there something that their owners are doing that keeps these vehicles on the road? Or did they just win the “lemon lottery,” and luck out by getting a particularly good vehicle? Not surprisingly, most of these owners have something in common. They never skip an oil change. Can keeping a vehicle on the road for ... read more

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Maintenance
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