Yearly Archives: 2020

Getting the Right Tires and Wheels in PEQUANNOCK

A lot of people get custom wheels in PEQUANNOCK. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you're not careful. Sometimes, once they're mounted, they just don't fit right. The tires rub in turns or on bumps. You don't want that. Consulting your BOCK AUTOMOTIVE tire professional can ensure you get the right fit. First he'll ask you a series of questions about your PEQUANNOCK driving needs and what you want in your new wheels. Now, not every wheel can go on every car. Care must be taken so that tires and wheels are not too large or that the wheel is centered too far towards the outside or the inside so the tires rub.If you don't want to make any modifications to your vehicle, you would need to focus on the wheels that would fit. With trucks, some people in PEQUANNOCK like much bigger tires so they need a suspension lift.Also, most PEQUANNOCK drivers don't realize that you need to keep the rolling diameter o ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

PEQUANNOCK residents often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around PEQUANNOCK, NJ, also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas.There's a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your vehicle manufacturer recommends. For help identifying the type of gasoline your engine needs, come by BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockauto ... read more

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Fuel System

Check Your Shocks and Struts at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

  Today we're talking to PEQUANNOCK drivers about shocks and struts. They're so easy for NJ folks to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they're very important.Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bumps and lifting on corners. The shocks push the tire down to the road to maximize traction. Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling for PEQUANNOCK drivers. There's a difference between shocks and springs. Springs support the weight of the vehicle, keeping it suspended up off the axles. The shocks moderate the rebound motion as wheels hit bumps. Now a strut combines a shock and a coil spring in one compact unit. It's best to replace all four shocks at the same time. That way you'll have even, predictable handling at all four corners. Anything less could be dangerous. Visit BOCK AUTOMOTIVE to have your shocks ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Clean Fuel Equals Clean Performance for PEQUANNOCK Drivers

Hello, PEQUANNOCK residents. Let's talk fuel filters. Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the engine.PEQUANNOCK auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. The cleaner the fuel, the better your vehicle engine will run.Over time, the small amounts of rust, dirt and contaminants in your fuel settle out inside the fuel tank. After about five years, this can amount to a quite a bit of sediment. This means that as your vehicle ages, your fuel filter has to work harder to screen your fuel: more sediment in your tank means more potential for grit in your fuel.The harder your fuel filter works, the more often it needs to be replaced. Check with your owner's manual to find out how often it should ... read more

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Fuel System

PEQUANNOCK Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among PEQUANNOCK drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should PEQUANNOCK drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around PEQUANNOCK?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero NJ temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in NJ?Do you drive often in dusty PEQUANNOCK areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around PEQUANNOCK?Do you drive in very hot or very cold NJ weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest PEQUANNOCK on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on PEQUANNOCK surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers and t ... read more

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Maintenance

Recommended PEQUANNOCK Service Intervals

Everyone in PEQUANNOCK, NJ, knows we are advised to go to our PEQUANNOCK dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious PEQUANNOCK residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – "Everything's fine, see you in six months." Or "You've got a small cavity starting, let's schedule an appointment to take care of it." By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues.This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills.If PEQUANNOCK folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist when facing the same system for our vehicle maintenance? Following the vehicle manufacturer's recommended intervals can be confusing. Fi ... read more

Coolant Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

PEQUANNOCK residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of NJ temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That's why vehicle manufacturer’s recommend different types of anti-freeze for our PEQUANNOCK, NJ, vehicles.There are several different 'families' of anti-freeze available to us here in PEQUANNOCK. Your owner's manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, the automotive professionals at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE will know the right kind for your vehicle.It's important to stay on top of this because coolant system failure is the most common m ... read more

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Cooling System

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to PEQUANNOCK residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all PEQUANNOCK residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their PEQUANNOCK service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com These recalls always affect safety, so PEQUANNOCK residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of ... read more

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Maintenance

Easy Miles ? Do PEQUANNOCK Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

Have you ever noticed that your vehicle has a schedule in your owner's manual for what is called “severe service” maintenance? Let's define what severe driving conditions aren't: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for 20 miles (32 kilometers) or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour (105 kilometers per hour) in 75°F (24°C) weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are adding stress to your engine. Change them significantly and you are driving under severe conditions.Let's look at the parameters one a time. First, the length of the trip. Short trips around PEQUANNOCK are harder on an engine than longer ones. As your engine cools down, water in the air condenses onto the engine. When you heat the engine again, the water evaporates off. This is healthy. But on short trips, the engine doesn't stay hot enough long enough for all of the water to evaporate. So it sta ... read more

For 4x4s (Maintenance of 4x4 Vehicles)

Some people love 4x4 vehicles, the true 4-wheel drive works of engineering like Jeeps and 4x4 pickups that allow you to seemingly go anywhere on the planet. You can climb up a 40-degree rock trail with some planning and skill (always careful to protect the environment, of course), or you can get through the deepest snow. But with that added capability comes additional complexity, drive-train components and other systems that less capable vehicles don't have.  And that is why when it comes to 4x4s, you have to maintain them a little differently from those vehicles that spend their lives on pavement.  Here are some of the key things to keep an eye on: Transfer case—This transfers power from the engine to the wheels.  A transfer case has fluid in it that needs to be changed at intervals recommended by the manufacturer.  Your service advisor will let you know how often that is and will keep track of your service dates.  You will need to make sure the transfe ... read more

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