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The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for PEQUANNOCK Drivers

People in PEQUANNOCK have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you're wondering: What are the key issues?Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8,000 km to 13,000 km) or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new vehicle manufacturers announced that owners like those in PEQUANNOCK were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals.The manufacturers' standard oil drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles/12,000 km. People following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. It turns out that oil sludge was building up. This caused small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail.What causes oil sludge? It's a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludg ... read more

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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and PEQUANNOCK drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in PEQUANNOCK.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same is true for your ... read more

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Budget for Maintenance in PEQUANNOCK

Sometimes busy PEQUANNOCK residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around NJ in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time PEQUANNOCK residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's PEQUANNOCK drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience, and it's likely that yesterday's PEQUANNOCK drivers didn't care much for it, either. So on today's vehicles ... read more

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Change Your Engine Air Filter at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Many PEQUANNOCK car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in PEQUANNOCK.Change your vehicle air filter at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE when it's dirty. Your vehicle engine will thank you.Give us a call. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com    

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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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