Monthly Archives: July 2018

Timing Belt

Timing Belt

Ever heard the sad tale of a staggeringly steep repair bill from a broken timing belt? Bad news. Let's take a lesson from their woes and remember to think about our timing belt.First, let's review what a timing belt does. The top part of the engine over the cylinders is called the cylinder head. The head contains the valves. There's at least one valve that lets the fresh air into the cylinder. This air, mixed with fuel, burns to create power. Then another valve or two will open to allow the exhaust out of the engine. Each cylinder has 2 to 4 valves - that's 12 to 24 valves for a V-6, up to 32 values on a V-8. The opening and closing of the valves is done by a camshaft. The timing belt uses the rotation of the engine to drive the camshaft which opens and close the valves. It's called a timing belt because it has to be adjusted to rotate the camshaft to keep proper time with the engine so that everything's in sync.The timing belt is a toothed rubber belt. But some vehicles use ... read more

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Maintaining Your Older Car in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

Maintaining Your Older Car in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in PEQUANNOCK, NJ: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the PEQUANNOCK motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the PEQUANNOCK area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in NJ have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give BOCK AUTOMOTIVE a call at 973-694-1606 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. I ... read more

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Serpentine Belt Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Serpentine Belt Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Most PEQUANNOCK folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my PEQUANNOCK market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory in line ... read more

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Recommended Service Intervals at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Recommended Service Intervals at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Most people in the PEQUANNOCK area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for areas in NJ.The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve the standards. Think of the benefits of following recommended intervals as falling into three general categories: Protection, Efficiency and Safety.Protection. Let's start with motor oil. First of all, the engineers recommend a particular weight and type of motor oil for your vehicle. All of their oil change recommendations assume using the proper motor oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives that clean the engine and provide corrosion resistance. Over ... read more

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your PEQUANNOCK Vehicle

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your PEQUANNOCK Vehicle

If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the PEQUANNOCK area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local PEQUANNOCK gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down.So keep it clean at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE  and give yourself a fighting chance. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE 1 IRVING ST PEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440 973-694-1606 http://www.bockautomotive.com

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