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The Easy Way to Save Cash in PEQUANNOCK

The hottest NJ news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in PEQUANNOCK. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in PEQUANNOCK can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for your vehicle that'll save gas no matter how you drive.The first one for PEQUANNOCK drivers is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most PEQUANNOCK service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask BOCK AUTOMOTIVE. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many PEQUANNOCK gas stations have an air hos ... read more

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Breathe Deep in PEQUANNOCK With a New Cabin Air Filter

Poor interior air quality is nothing to sneeze at, and PEQUANNOCK auto owners might be interested to know that more and more new cars are coming equipped with a cabin air filter. Check your vehicle owner's manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000 to 24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually under the vehicle hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have your friendly and knowledgeable BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor take care of replacing them.As we said, many PEQUANNOCK people don't realize they have a cabin air filter and come to BOCK AUTOMOTIVE saying "my vents are smelling bad." It usually turns out to be a dirty cabin air filter. A switch out and they're on their way, smelling sweet.PEQUANNOCK residents who suffer from allergies can really benefit from a cabin air filter as it keeps irritants to a minimum.If you're one of them, you'll want to replace your ... read more

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Cool Running in PEQUANNOCK

Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don't hear much any more about cars overheating. That's because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn't mean you can't overheat your vehicle engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find yourself on the side of the road in PEQUANNOCK waiting for your vehicle engine to cool down.When you service your cooling system at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE, your technician will check the condition of the coolant. It can become corrosive over time, which can damage a radiator — leading to an overheated engine. Changing the coolant periodically is good vehicle care. Your vehicle owner's manual can give you guidelines on how often to replace it.If your engine overheated, your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor will also check your coolant system for leaks. Check the vehicle radiator for cracks ... read more

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Cooling System

Fall and Spring Checkup in PEQUANNOCK

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into BOCK AUTOMOTIVE for a checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service.My friend is (technically) right about some things, but from a practical standpoint, a seasonal check up still makes sense.Back when my dad was teaching me about how to take care of the family vehicle, most of them used a different weight of oil in the winter and in the summer. But most of today's modern engines run the same oil year round. High-tech engines and high-tech motor oils are better able to handle the seasonal changes.Your owner's manual or PEQUANNOCK service advisor at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE can tell you the right oil to use.Of course, you're concerned about the coolant or antifreeze. You don't want to overheat in the NJ summer or freeze up in the wi ... read more

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Maintenance

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

Organization is the key to managing a busy life in NJ. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep PEQUANNOCK residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. PEQUANNOCK residents can't afford to overlook any of them.The following is a list of preventive maintenance services that are often overlooked by vehicle owners in the PEQUANNOCK area. They are not presented in any particular order.1. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Power Steering Service. Moisture gradually builds up in your power steering fluid, which can lead to corrosion in your steering system. The fluid also gets dirty, which can gum up your steering system. The fluid needs to be replaced periodically.2. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Wheel Alignment. Wheels that are out of alignment will cause a ... read more

It Is Time to Check Your Intervals

Part of the engineering that goes into designing a vehicle is testing the components to ensure that they meet durability and safety standards. Because of this, manufacturers have a good idea as to how long the parts in your vehicle will last under normal driving conditions. For this reason, they give us guidelines to follow regarding how often to inspect the various parts and systems on our vehicles.Vehicular components are required to meet certain standards. The government mandates some of these standards. Others are set by the auto industry. Recommended car maintenance schedules are designed to help PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners maintain these standards. Disregarding routine maintenance or procrastinating preventive maintenance will result in lowered performance and reduced safety for a vehicle.Maintenance schedules are designed to ensure three areas of automotive performance for PEQUANNOCK drivers: protection of the vehicle itself, efficiency and safety. Protec ... read more

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Drive Train Service in PEQUANNOCK at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

The drive train in your vehicle includes all the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. Those components differ depending on what type of vehicle you drive, namely, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The preventive maintenance your driveshaft needs will also differ by what type of vehicle you drive.Let's start with front-wheel drive. In this vehicle, the transmission and the differential are combined in one component, known as the transaxle. The transaxle is connected to two half-shafts (axles), which are then connected to the wheels with a constant velocity (or CV) joint, which is protected by an airtight rubber boot.BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service for this type of driveline includes servicing the transaxle and inspecting the CV boot. If the boot is damaged, the CV joint will need to be inspected, and the boot will need to be replaced. If you hear a clicking noise in ... read more

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Drive Train

Good Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Equals Good Fuel Economy in PEQUANNOCK

Whether we're trying to save money, save gas or save the environment, most of us PEQUANNOCK drivers have an interest in decreasing fuel consumption. We've all heard about ways to save money on gas in NJ, but does it really add up to much? How much can we boost our fuel economy through preventive maintenance and more courteous driving?The US government has a website that actually answers that question. Let's look at some of the data and find out if any of these fuel-saving ideas are really worth the effort. We've all heard that a tune-up can improve gas mileage. It turns out that it can save us 4% at the pump. At $3.50 a gallon, that's 14¢ per gallon in savings, and at $4.00 a gallon, that's a 16¢ per gallon savings.Other common repair items can also save you at the pump. For example, if your oxygen sensor is faulty, it's not delivering the information to your engine's computer that allows it to calculate the right fuel-to-air ratio. The result? The ... read more

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Fuel Economy

How Much is Enough for PEQUANNOCK Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

Most PEQUANNOCK drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they're need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And how can you tell? Tires are and their condition is important to the safe handling of a vehicle, so it's for PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners to know the answers to these questions.First of all, it's important to understand that there may be a legal limit to tread wear. If your tires are worn past this limit, you have to replace them to be in compliance with NJ auto safety laws. That's why measuring your tread wear is part of a vehicle s ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

Every car in PEQUANNOCK, NJ, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in NJ where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. PEQUANNOCK drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near the end of a r ... read more

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