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The BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Guide to Saving Fuel: Get Rid of Dirty Oil

A lot of us drivers are asking ourselves the same question lately: how can we save on fuel? PEQUANNOCK area residents are all cutting back, if not in fuel consumption, then in other areas of our lives. Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance is an important way people in PEQUANNOCK can conserve fuel by improving fuel economy. And one of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is to keep the oil in our vehicle adequate and clean.Oil lubricates your vehicle engine and keeps it running smoothly. If you're running low, there is increased friction in your engine. Friction creates drag, which means it takes more fuel to keep the vehicle motor running. This all translates to lower fuel economy.Check your oil to make sure the engine is getting all it needs. Your owner's manual and service advisor at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE will tell you the proper weight and type of oil for your vehicle. Responsible Car Care Dirty oil grits up your engine, which also ... read more

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Training Received by Technicians in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

Training Received by Technicians in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

When your vehicle breaks down in the PEQUANNOCK, NJ, area, or just needs some routine service, it can make you a little nervous. Because your vehicle's so important to your life, you need to be back on the road as soon as possible — with the problem fixed right the first time.We've been checking into some of the training our PEQUANNOCK, NJ, technicians receive, and we're very impressed. It's amazing how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern vehicle. So it's not like when your uncle worked on his hot rod over the weekend.Today there are four-cylinder engines around PEQUANNOCK that make more power than the V-8's in luxury cars did 20 years ago. A new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/97 kph.Our engines are more and more powerful. And they're so reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the benefits come to PEQUANNOCK drivers at the price of simplicity. Modern cars are so much more complex f ... read more

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BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Alternator Replacement Service in PEQUANNOCK

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Alternator Replacement Service in PEQUANNOCK

Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator.  Driving around PEQUANNOCK is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacement because your vehicle won't run without one. Come see your friendly and professional service advisor at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE to learn more. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com

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Battery

All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

When all of your vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving in PEQUANNOCK can cause your vehicle's wheels to be out of alignment.Driving for an extended time around PEQUANNOCK when your wheels are out of alignment results in uneven tire wear. This is dangerous … and expensive. Worst case scenario, you have a blowout on a crowded NJ highway. It can also cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive to repair. At the very least, you may have to replace your tires years too early. The ideal alignment for your vehicle was designed by its engineers. Alignment service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – to see if anything's bent or broken. Then your friendly and knowledgeable BOCK AUTOMOTIVE technician will look at tire condition.From there, the vehic ... read more

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Alignment

The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Service to a vehicle's power steering system is part of preventive maintenance for  PEQUANNOCK auto owners. This system provides power to the steering wheel so you can turn it with ease. Without power steering, all of the power to turn your vehicle's wheels would have to come from you.The central element of most power steering systems is a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid, and it is this pressure that provides auxiliary steering power. A belt connected to the engine usually powers the pump, although some systems use an electric pump. Some newer vehicles have an electric motor that directly provides the power steering boost.Pressurized fluid moves from the pump to the steering gear through a high-pressure hose. A low-pressure hose returns fluid to the pump. Power steering fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the system.PEQUANNOCK drivers should remember that fluid levels in the power steering system should be checked at every ... read more

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Dashboard's a Funny Name (Instrumental Panel Warning Lights)

Every day you drive, you're sitting behind the dashboard. But how in the world did it get that name? Back in the days of the horse-drawn carriage, horses would kick up dirt and mud on the driver and passengers, "dashing" debris against the carriage. So those who built carriages began installing a board to protect them. So, dash-board. Dashboard. The dashboard is still there, though changed quite a bit from the early days. Now its main purpose is to house the controls and instruments for your vehicle's systems. Of course, you have the speedometer, tachometer and gas gauge. But there are four warning lights you need to pay attention to on your dashboard and instrument panel. Some of these may even be gauges, depending on your model of vehicle. Regardless, paying attention to them is a good idea if you want your vehicle to keep going as long as possible. Oil pressure—The oil pressure light will come on if your engine doesn't have enough pressure in its system. Low oil pressure means ... read more

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the NJ news. PEQUANNOCK people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of PEQUANNOCK motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of PEQUANNOCK drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in NJ.The PEQUANNOCK drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated ... read more

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Maintenance

Fuel System Cleaning the Professional Way at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Your fuel system needs to be clean to do its job properly. When it gets dirty, the results are lower engine performance, reduced fuel economy and impaired safety. It can even lead to costly repair bills for PEQUANNOCK drivers. So keep your fuel system clean as part of your routine preventive maintenance.Fuel injectors have replaced carburetors in most of today's vehicles. These injectors deliver better fuel economy than a carburetor, but they can be compromised by rust, dirt and other contaminants. They need to be clean to maintain the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume of delivered fuel so that the vehicle engine can run at peak efficiency.There are products on the market that PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners can add to their gas tank that will help keep your fuel injectors clean. These products will keep a clean fuel system clean but have trouble cleaning a system that has already gotten gummed up.If your fuel system needs a major cleaning, BOCK AUTOMOTIVE can help ... read more

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Fuel System

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Brake Service for Safe Stopping in PEQUANNOCK

Let's talk about something critical for all PEQUANNOCK drivers: your brakes. Your vehicle is heavy, and it takes a lot of muscle to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop – so everything needs to be in good working order. Here's an explanation on how your disc brakes work: The wheel hub keeps your wheel attached to your vehicle. The brake disc – or rotor – is attached to the hub and rotates with the wheel as you drive around PEQUANNOCK. Your brake pads clamp onto the rotor to slow the wheel.The brake caliper straddles the rotor and squeezes the rotor to slow it down. The calipers contain brake pads which press on the rotor when you put your foot on the brake. The brake piston causes the calipers to squeeze and release as you use your vehicle brakes.Your brake pads start to wear the first time you step on the brakes. Eventuall ... read more

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Brakes

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.PEQUANNOCK drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK. We have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. You'll find BOCK AUTOMOTIVE at 1 IRVING ST in PEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440. Or just give us a call at 973-694-1606 to schedule an appointment. You'll enjoy more power, better fuel economy and r ... read more

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Fuel System
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