Monthly Archives: March 2017

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in PEQUANNOCK

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in PEQUANNOCK

Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the PEQUANNOCK area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there.Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local PEQUANNOCK service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of your driver's door that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure.And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops 20 percent below recommendations. That's severely underinflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed right away at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE.G ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Stay Headed in the Right Direction, PEQUANNOCK

Stay Headed in the Right Direction, PEQUANNOCK

Power steering is standard on nearly every vehicle in PEQUANNOCK, NJ, these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by a belt powered by the engine. Contact the automotive professionals at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK for questions about your power steering. The pump generates power that assists drivers as they steer their vehicle around PEQUANNOCK, NJ. Power steering systems use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth. These hoses can develop leaks so it's a good idea to have BOCK AUTOMOTIVE inspect them at every oil change. A check of the power steering fluid level is on the list for every full service oil change at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so it's important to use the correct type – just ask your service advisor at BOCK ... read more

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Steering

Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all PEQUANNOCK residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months or 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But recent advances in both engine technology and oil quality have led to longer oil change intervals.Delayed or skipped oil changes are a problem for PEQUANNOCK residents because they lead to the build-up of oil sludge in your engine. Oil sludge forms when engine oil breaks down, which happens with both time and miles. Obviously, driving will take its toll on engine oil, but the oil also breaks down even as the vehicle just sits in the garage. This is why oil change intervals are listed in both time and distance traveled, and the phrase “whichever comes first” is applicable.Oil sludge is essentially petroleum jelly. Imagine this stuff squishing around in your vehicle engine, pushing into small engine passageways and blocking ... read more

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Fluids

Deciphering the BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Menu Board

Deciphering the BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Menu Board

Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. PEQUANNOCK, NJ, service centers like BOCK AUTOMOTIVE have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service. Feel free at any time to give BOCK AUTOMOTIVE a call at 973-694-1606 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our PEQUANNOCK, NJ auto center at 1 IRVING ST, 07440. First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles/kilometers the service should be done.Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will also help it cool better ... read more

PEQUANNOCK Alignment Service

Your car might have an alignment problem if: it drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn't feel like it handles right. When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes around PEQUANNOCK and smacking a curb or other object are great ways to knock your car out of alignment. Then, one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.There are several things involved in an alignment check at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE. First, there's an inspection of the steering and suspension systems - their components should be checked to see if anything's bent or broken. Then the tire condition needs to be inspected. From there, the vehicle is put on an alignment rack and an initial alignment reading is taken. If all four wheels are adjustable, they are lined up perfectly parallel with the vehicle's center line. If the ba ... read more

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Alignment

Ask BOCK AUTOMOTIVE About the Importance of Service Intervals

Ask BOCK AUTOMOTIVE About the Importance of Service Intervals

Today in our BOCK AUTOMOTIVE blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: What about six-month dental cleanings and regular physical exams? Then there's laundry, mowing the lawn, paying your electric bill, changing your furnace filter - you get the idea.Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?For one thing, your teeth may get more cavities. You might not discover health issues that benefit from early detection and treatment. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your overgrown lawn and have your power shut off.We all realize there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life diminishes and it inevitably costs more money.Have you ever wondered, "How often should I bring my car in for scheduled maintenance?" You can ... read more

PEQUANNOCK Air Conditioning Service

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around PEQUANNOCK, but not in your vehicle. When PEQUANNOCK residents' vehicle AC Systems have a problem, they'll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable drive around NJ has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent repairs.A common cause of AC failure is water and air in the system. The system does not work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system and making it work harder to try to cool the air. That is why periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system for PEQUANNOCK residents, so it cools better and lasts longer.PEQUANNOCK drivers should a ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Water Pump

Water Pump

Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat the water pump The water pump's like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout your vehicle. It's a small pump that's driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear.The water pump only operates when the engine's running. Water pump failure is pretty routine. We see it often at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE. Some start failing at around 40,000 miles/64,000 km, but most fail by 100,000 miles/160,000 km. Consult your owner's manual or friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE to see what's recommended.Since a water pump either works or it doesn't, you need to change it when it fails. Water pumps fail in one of two ways: the bearings fail or they begin ... read more

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Cooling System

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our American Fork area shoe stores?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in PEQUANNOCK, what's the most important factor for you? Give us a call at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE at 973-694-1606 for tire recommendations. You know, buying tires in PEQUANNOCK is a big deal. It's a big ticket item so you know you'll be spending a lot. You're not only concerned about the price, but you want to know that it'll be a long time before you need to buy new tires again.And of course there's the safety aspect as well. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. They need to be up to the task. You want to ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in PEQUANNOCK

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in PEQUANNOCK

About 90% of our driving decisions in the PEQUANNOCK area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most PEQUANNOCK drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the PEQUANNOCK area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.PEQUANNOCK drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the ... read more

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Maintenance
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