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The BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Guide to Servicing Your Differential

The BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Guide to Servicing Your Differential

Differential? What's that? And what's it for? I've been told by my service advisor that I need to get it serviced, but is that on the level?Do these questions sound familiar? They're not uncommon for PEQUANNOCK drivers. A lot of us in PEQUANNOCK don't know what a differential is or what it's for. Every vehicle has a differential, and, yes, it does need to be serviced. In fact, it's more important to the operation of your vehicle than the air conditioner or windshield wipers.A differential allows your vehicle tires to move at different speeds. This happens more than you think. The best example is when a vehicle is turning. The inside wheel travels a much shorter distance than the outside wheel during a turn. This means the outside wheel has to move faster than the inside wheel. Without a differential, your tires would hop and skip while turning. They would also lose traction in sand or snow.The location of your differential depends on what kin ... read more

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Did you know that most of the cars driving around PEQUANNOCK, NJ, carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the PEQUANNOCK area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the last decade or so, auto computers have been controlling about 85 percent of your vehicle's functions.Cars have sensors for manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold air pressure, airflow, throttle position, vehicle speed and oxygen content. All of this electronic wizardry is pretty complicated. So how do PEQUANNOCK drivers know when there is a problem?It's simple; the Check Engine light comes on. The computer monitors all the sensors and uses that information to decide what to adjust such as the fuel mix, spark timing and idle speed. In addition, the computer monitors its own circuits. When it finds a fault, it turns on the Check Engine light and stores a trouble code in t ... read more

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The BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

The BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

The automotive professionals at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE would like to give PEQUANNOCK drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.The PEQUANNOCK do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many NJ ] owners rely on the advice of their friendly and knowledgeable BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their vehicle and their driving habits in the PEQUANNOCK area.Let's start with engine oil. PEQUANNOCK drivers who have been paying attention will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the NJ scene in the last several years. Modern engines are ... read more

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Fluids

Busting Automotive Myths in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

Busting Automotive Myths in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

Myths passed around our PEQUANNOCK, NJ community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the PEQUANNOCK area, come over to BOCK AUTOMOTIVE. Let's examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.The truth on which this myth is based is that many new vehicles come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grease points on ma ... read more

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Maintenance

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for PEQUANNOCK Drivers

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for PEQUANNOCK Drivers

Knowing how their engine works can help PEQUANNOCK drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in fuel and air. The piston then rises, which compresses the fuel and air. At this point, the spark plug fires, igniting the fuel and pushing the piston down. This downstroke transfers energy to the engine, which provides the power it needs to run. The piston rises again, and a valve opens to release the exhaust.All of this movement is orchestrated by a timing belt. The timing belt is so named because it keeps the pistons and valves operating in synch with each other, just as a conductor keeps all of ... read more

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Tacky or Techie? The Tachometer.

There's a gauge that many vehicles have that says RPM on it.  And there are a lot of people who either don't pay any attention to it or don't even know what it is. Here's why it's a good gauge to know about. It's called a tachometer, and that "RPM" label means it is measuring how many revolutions per minute (RPM) the engine is turning.  Automotive experts know that a vehicle's engine can be damaged if it turns too fast (revving too high) or too slowly ("lugging" the engine). A tachometer (sometimes called a tach) is almost a "must-have" gauge for vehicles with a manual transmission; the driver has to manually change gears; the tach helps the driver know when revolutions are in the optimal range. Some say you don't need a tachometer if you drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission. It's true that most drivers of automatics don't even look at it.  But there are times when paying attention to the tach can help you prevent an expensive repair. Here's a good example.&nbs ... read more

Saving Lives in PEQUANNOCK with Tire Pressure

Saving Lives in PEQUANNOCK with Tire Pressure

All new passenger vehicles on our PEQUANNOCK, NJ, roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems – TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are underinflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about them.First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is 20 percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is 34 pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won't come on until the pressure is at 28 pounds. That's significantly underinflated, enough to raise safety concerns.The worst is tire failure. A severely underinflated tire can overheat and fail. Also, handling degrades to the point that you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Also underinflated tires wear out faster and they waste fuel. So ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Tire Maintenance in PEQUANNOCK

Tire Maintenance in PEQUANNOCK

With the recent focus in the PEQUANNOCK area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.PEQUANNOCK drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.Some people in PEQUANNOCK wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to overinflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by BOCK AUTOMOTIVE to see about tire maintenance for your vehicle. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com Every vehicl ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Emergency Items for PEQUANNOCK

Emergency Items for PEQUANNOCK

Safe NJ travel starts with preventive maintenance and good vehicle care at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE. But there are other things PEQUANNOCK residents can do to prepare for emergencies on the road. Here's some auto advice that can help you plan for emergencies, and just may save your life — or someone else's.First, PEQUANNOCK auto owners should consider keeping an auto emergency kit in their vehicle. The kit should contain items that will allow you to deal with common emergencies on the road.Some items you should carry in your vehicle include jumper cables (or a booster box), flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools. Other useful items include gloves, two quarts of oil, some antifreeze, water and everything you need to change a tire. You might also consider a can of tire inflator, which is a great temporary fix for minor flats.But taking care of your vehicl ... read more

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Safety

All About Your TPMS in PEQUANNOCK

All About Your TPMS in PEQUANNOCK

PEQUANNOCK drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for NJ auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of underinflated tires.It's hard for many PEQUANNOCK drivers to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your owner’s manual recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your tire is considered significantly under-inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.Uncle Sam to the rescue! A recent U.S. federal law required vehicle manufacturer’s to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System - or TPMS system - in all vehicles. Many Canadian vehicles have them as well.  The system is a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25% below its pressure recommendations.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for PEQUANNOCK car owners. Gov ... read more

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Tires and Wheels
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