Monthly Archives: January 2018

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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Inspection

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
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