Monthly Archives: July 2017

Under Pressure in PEQUANNOCK: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in PEQUANNOCK, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on NJ roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, PEQUANNOCK drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concerns as well ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at PEQUANNOCK car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of PEQUANNOCK, NJ, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart PEQUANNOCK drivers.The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for PEQUANNOCK residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart PEQUANNOCK drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE.Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to avoid the build ... read more

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Maintenance

Is Your PEQUANNOCK Driving Severe?

People near PEQUANNOCK, NJ, often ask BOCK AUTOMOTIVE how often they should have a particular service done. It's a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner's manual or have your PEQUANNOCK, NJ, service advisor at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules.One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in PEQUANNOCK will say that their driving is normal and that the 'regular' schedule probably applies to them. 'Severe service' sounds pretty extreme – 'I don't drive like that.'Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. Most of your trips are less than four miles (six and a half kilometers). Most of your trips are less than ten miles (16 km) and outside temperatures are ... read more

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Automotive Tips: Diagnostic Service

Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that the doctor will have to examine you, ask some questions and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This same scenario plays out every day at NJ auto repair facilities. When the cause of the concern isn’t obvious, the car will need to undergo a diagnostic examination. The typical car has about 30,000 parts, including several networked computers and miles of wiring. Finding exactly what is wrong can be very complicated and take some time. The most experienced technicians at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK are the ones who tackle the difficult diagnostic jobs. Once they have determined the cause of the ... read more

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Exhaust

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on PEQUANNOCK streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in PEQUANNOCK. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle air filter is ... read more

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Maintenance
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