Yearly Archives: 2019

Serpentine Belt Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Serpentine Belt Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead after a short distance.The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).And, on most vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within optimal operating temperatures. On some PEQUANNOCK vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.When they understand what it does, PEQUANNOCK drivers realize that if it breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why vehicle manufacturers outline recommended replacement guidelines in the owner’s manuals. If th ... read more

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Maintenance

To Save Gas Around PEQUANNOCK: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

To Save Gas Around PEQUANNOCK: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

  One topic that hits the news in NJ on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some NJ drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in PEQUANNOCK who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into BOCK AUTOMOTIVE is one of the best ways people in PEQUANNOCK can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can't lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces fuel economy.Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for NJ drivers.Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings before the next oil chan ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

When PEQUANNOCK drivers need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control and anti-lock brake systems.If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should always be put on the rear axle for stability in slippery conditions. Your friendly and professional BOCK AUTOMOTIVE tire professional can help you know when your worn tires should be replaced, if you can have a damaged tire repaired as well as selecting the right tires for your needs.Give us a call.BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com

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Tires and Wheels

Air Conditioning Maintenance at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Air Conditioning Maintenance at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Warm weather or cold, PEQUANNOCK drivers still need to think about their vehicle's air conditioning. Most PEQUANNOCK people don't service their air conditioning until after it fails. At BOCK AUTOMOTIVE, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturers preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on. Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the vehicle's air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can't cool the air as well. We see that a lot at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK.The refrigerant also contains oil that lubricates air conditioning components and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners know that air conditioning repairs can b ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Things Aren't Always What They Seem

If you drive, you know at some point, something's going to go wrong with your vehicle.  And sometimes, it's pretty easy to figure out what's wrong, like a flat tire.  But sometimes your vehicle's symptoms can be really puzzling. One driver in NJ was heading to work on a hot July day and noticed when he pressed the accelerator, sometimes it wouldn't do anything. He also noticed his cruise control wouldn't work and his traction control light was constantly on, very unusual. He was trying to figure it out, but none of it made any sense.  His cruise control had always worked perfectly, his traction light never had gone on before and there was never any issue pressing on the accelerator. It was time to take his car in for a professional diagnosis, and boy, was he surprised that it was a freak accident he'd had the previous WINTER that was the root of his problems.  You see, in January, his car had slipped on ice when he was in reverse and had gently tapped a tree.  ... read more

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what you want. But if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably know that cheap shoes can come with an added cost of sore feet and other foot ailments. When you add in the benefits of comfort and protection, the more expensive shoes are actually the better value.Buying tires at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK is a lot like buying shoes, except that PEQUANNOCK vehicles don't have changeable apparel and don't need a closet full of tires to match. Vehicles spend a lot of time on their tires—all the time, in fact—so they need tires that can stand up to the job. Tires are work shoes ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Vive la Differential at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Vive la Differential at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

There are a lot of drivers in PEQUANNOCK who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before.With front-wheel drive being so common in NJ these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most PEQUANNOCK folks don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of your mind. It's not uncommon for people in PEQUANNOCK to not know they have a differential, let alone know that it needs service.To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any NJ high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means that each runner ... read more

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Drive Train

Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

PEQUANNOCK drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you'll feel it in the steering wheel. If it's a rear wheel you'll feel it through your seat. To fix this, your technician at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE puts weights on your wheels to balance them out.That brings us to tire rotation. The front tires on a vehicle wear out faster than the rear tires. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down. So rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate over the life of the tire.Proper tire inflation will also help PEQUANNOCK folks' tires last longer. Underinflated tires wear more on the shoulder and may even overheat. This could cause tire damage or a blow out. Overinflated tires wear too fast in the middle.Four-wheel ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Wipe Out! New Wiper Blades for PEQUANNOCK Drivers

Wipe Out! New Wiper Blades for PEQUANNOCK Drivers

When people in PEQUANNOCK talk about vehicle safety, they think of tires and brakes. But do we think about our windshields? Isn't the ability to see a prime safety factor when it comes to driving around NJ? Yet we often don't even notice our windshields until we can't see through them or our wiper blades fail.It's estimated that around 46 million people are driving with wipers that won't keep their windshields clear during a storm — that's 46 million people with impaired vision during a storm. For safety's sake, PEQUANNOCK drivers need to change the way they think about wiper blades. Most of us, 78% in fact, only change our wiper blades after they fail. In other words, we don't get new ones until the old ones become a safety hazard. Instead, we need to make wiper blades part of our preventive maintenance routine.Wiper blades should be changed twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. In NJ areas that experience harsh winter weather, special blades are available that prevent ic ... read more

Service to Improve Fuel Economy

Service to Improve Fuel Economy

The price of gas in NJ has got people in PEQUANNOCK talking. It seems that PEQUANNOCK folks who need a bigger vehicle to carry family and gear, or provide four wheel drive, are hit especially hard. That is why we thought it would be good to review some things that anyone can do to improve fuel economy. First let's start with how we drive around NJ. People in PEQUANNOCK may not realize that they can really save on gas by just changing a few driving habits. One of the biggest is jackrabbit starts - you know, flooring the gas as soon as the light turns green. That really wastes a lot of fuel. Building up your speed at a slower pace uses less fuel and is easier on your engine and drive train. And don't drive with one foot on the brake. That's also a drag on fuel economy, and it wears out your brakes faster, too. Another thing PEQUANNOCK drivers can do is drive more slowly - but only when it's safe. Sometimes on the freeway we drive an extr ... read more

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Fuel System
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