Monthly Archives: May 2017

Wheel Balancing at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? PEQUANNOCK drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on NJ roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the technician will spin the tire on a machine to determine where it's too heavy. He will then place weights on the wheels in strategic locations to balance it out. When a tire is out of balance, it actually bounces down the road instead of rolling smoothly. Since the average size tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 mph/97 kph, it is actually slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That's where you get your vibration.Most people in PEQUANNOCK are surprised ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Why People in PEQUANNOCK Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our PEQUANNOCK, NJ, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns.There are several reasons we hesitate to take care of recommended services, especially services that our PEQUANNOCK automotive advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like an oil change.The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your vehicle, but if you don't have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you're not forced to think as much about preventive maintenanc ... read more

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Inspection

Odometer Rollback on Your PEQUANNOCK, NJ Vehicle

How do PEQUANNOCK drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect NJ consumers against mileage fraud. It says a NJ seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in PEQUANNOCK, NJ, stop by BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: BOCK AUTOMOTIVE 1 IRVING ST PEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners do?You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, they'll give you a comprehensive vehicle history s ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that PEQUANNOCK auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in NJ.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if PEQUANNOCK drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.Here at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflow tank and the hoses ... read more

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Cooling System

Automotive Tips from BOCK AUTOMOTIVE: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. PEQUANNOCK drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor can help you with the timing belt.Give us a call.BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com

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Timing Belt
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