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Maintenance on My Mind

Ask any PEQUANNOCK man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car in for care. The answer will probably be that he forgot or that he just didn't think about it. Most PEQUANNOCK residents seem to have a hard time remembering about scheduled maintenance for their vehicles.Funny, because most of us in PEQUANNOCK have no trouble remembering to wash our clothes, mow our lawns or brush our teeth. It isn't that we can't remember to take our vehicles for service; it's a matter of making it a priority.When it comes to our vehicles, PEQUANNOCK drivers like myself, need to be a little more maintenance-minded. The fact is, we can choose to do it, or we might find ourselves being compelled to do it.For example, when we cons ... read more

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Keep Your PEQUANNOCK Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey PEQUANNOCK - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in NJ affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around PEQUANNOCK or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a clogged air filter w ... read more

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Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in PEQUANNOCK?

  Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in PEQUANNOCK?Is it: Stereo Wheels Air Bag DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in NJ – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in NJ.Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them. Contact us at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.Find us at 1 IRVING ST, PEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440You can reach us by phone at: 973-694-1606 There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag replacements are stolen  ... read more

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Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At BOCK AUTOMOTIVE we've had a lot of PEQUANNOCK customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in NJ. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of NJ folks are putting off buying a new car. So let's say you're one of the average in the PEQUANNOCK area; you've got a nine-year-old car with 80,000 miles (130,000 km) on the odometer. What can you do to make it last another year or two?Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care in PEQUANNOCK. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but there's no reason for a ... read more

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BOCK AUTOMOTIVE On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our PEQUANNOCK, NJ, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around NJ in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most PEQUANNOCK residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around PEQUANNOCK, NJ, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot of work for one be ... read more

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New School: Automotive BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Technician Training

PEQUANNOCK consumers are demanding. We want a safe, reliable vehicle that handles well and is comfortable to ride in. Oh, and we want good fuel economy, too. We also want vehicle repairs that are cheap, fast and easy. Unfortunately, one usually comes at the cost of the other.Today's vehicles have made significant improvements in reliability and performance over the last few decades. They also deliver more power to PEQUANNOCK drivers more efficiently than ever before. For example, some of today's 4-cylinder engines are equal to yesterday's V-8's. Our vehicles also offer an amazing range of features that make them more comfortable and convenient than ever before.But all of that improvement has come at a price for PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners. Our vehicles are more complicated and difficult to repair than ever before. They have numerous mechanical and electrical systems. Fuel systems are so complex they have to be run by a computer. Our vehicles are covered with sensors and high-tech el ... read more

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Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At BOCK AUTOMOTIVE we get a lot of PEQUANNOCK drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around NJ, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart PEQUANNOCK drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around PEQUANNOCK to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to BOCK AUTOMOTIVE for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.1 IRVING ST PEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440 973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com ... read more

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10 Services PEQUANNOCK Drivers Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over PEQUANNOCK. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by PEQUANNOCK residents. They're all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.1. Power Steering ServiceBe honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time you're in for an oil change, ask your BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor if it's time f ... read more

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PEQUANNOCK Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among PEQUANNOCK drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should PEQUANNOCK drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around PEQUANNOCK?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero NJ temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in NJ?Do you drive often in dusty PEQUANNOCK areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around PEQUANNOCK?Do you drive in very hot or very cold NJ weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest PEQUANNOCK on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on PEQUANNOCK surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers and t ... read more

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Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to PEQUANNOCK residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all PEQUANNOCK residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their PEQUANNOCK service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com These recalls always affect safety, so PEQUANNOCK residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of ... read more

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