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Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

The price of gas and the uncertain economy are both causing NJ residents to review their finances. More and more PEQUANNOCK drivers are opting to keep their vehicles longer and put off purchasing a newer car. It is estimated that two-thirds of the vehicles on the roads of North America today have over 75,000 miles/120,000 km on them. And the average age of vehicles is now over eleven years. That translates to some car care issues that many PEQUANNOCK men and women haven't dealt with in the past. Older vehicles simply have different maintenance requirements than newer ones. Learning those requirements presents a challenge for people in PEQUANNOCK because many owner's manuals only publish maintenance schedules up to 60,000 or 90,000 miles (96,000 or 145,000 km). Vehicle owners have to keep good records and be more involved in planning preventive maintenance if they want to keep their vehicles on the road. First of all, any service in your owner's manual that comes with ... read more

Straight and True in PEQUANNOCK: Wheel Alignment

Straight and True in PEQUANNOCK: Wheel Alignment

Most PEQUANNOCK folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by drivers in PEQUANNOCK is a periodic alignment inspection. Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and new tires are more expensive than an alignment check in PEQUANNOCK. Bad alignment can also cause damage to suspension and steering systems, which can be expensive to repair in PEQUANNOCK. Tire wear on misaligned wheels can also lead to blowouts, which are dangerous, can lead to serious accidents and can seriously damage your vehicle. Also, poor alignment itself can be the cause of an accident since the vehicle may not steer properly. One or more wheels on your vehicle can be knocked ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your PEQUANNOCK Vehicle

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your PEQUANNOCK Vehicle

Imagine you've left PEQUANNOCK and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you're covering less ground for the same effort.You're wasting kibble.The same is true of your vehicle when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that's pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the vehicle; so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed. You're wasting gas.So have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. It is important to get it checked right away if you feel the vehicle pulling to one side.Sometimes we PEQUANNOCK residents bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock our wheels out of alignment. An accident can tak ... read more

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BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Radiator Service

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Radiator Service

The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common in PEQUANNOCK, it is easy to prevent. The most recognizable part of the coolant system is the radiator. It is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant. The coolant draws heat off the engine and then passes into the radiator. Air passes through cooling fins to reduce the temperature of the coolant and then it's back to the engine again.There are several ways for the cooling system to fail. Most common is with the coolant itself. Coolant is comprised of water and antifreeze. The proper ratio keeps the coolant from either boiling away or freezing. Understandably, either can lead to massive engine damage.Another coolant issue that is often overlooked by PEQUANNOCK drivers is the age of the coolant itself. Antifreeze has additives that protect the coolant system from corrosion. As these add ... read more

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Cooling System

The Easy Way to Save Cash in PEQUANNOCK

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

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

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

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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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

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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Inspection