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Serpentine Belt Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

Serpentine Belt Service at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK

If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead after a short distance.The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).And, on most vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within optimal operating temperatures. On some PEQUANNOCK vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.When they understand what it does, PEQUANNOCK drivers realize that if it breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why vehicle manufacturers outline recommended replacement guidelines in the owner’s manuals. If th ... read more

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Make Your Vehicle Last

Make Your Vehicle Last

We live in such a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days, NJ folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough - they had to do without. Most PEQUANNOCK drivers couldn't afford new vehicles very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could.It's a good thing that vehicles are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us NJ penny pinchers is that a modern vehicle can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules.Every time you go a little farther between recommended oil changes, you have created an opportunity for sludge to be formed and for clo ... read more

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Training Received by Technicians in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

Training Received by Technicians in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

When your vehicle breaks down in the PEQUANNOCK, NJ, area, or just needs some routine service, it can make you a little nervous. Because your vehicle's so important to your life, you need to be back on the road as soon as possible — with the problem fixed right the first time.We've been checking into some of the training our PEQUANNOCK, NJ, technicians receive, and we're very impressed. It's amazing how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern vehicle. So it's not like when your uncle worked on his hot rod over the weekend.Today there are four-cylinder engines around PEQUANNOCK that make more power than the V-8's in luxury cars did 20 years ago. A new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/97 kph.Our engines are more and more powerful. And they're so reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the benefits come to PEQUANNOCK drivers at the price of simplicity. Modern cars are so much more complex f ... read more

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the NJ news. PEQUANNOCK people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of PEQUANNOCK motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of PEQUANNOCK drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in NJ.The PEQUANNOCK drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated ... read more

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Busting Automotive Myths in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

Busting Automotive Myths in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

Myths passed around our PEQUANNOCK, NJ community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the PEQUANNOCK area, come over to BOCK AUTOMOTIVE. Let's examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.The truth on which this myth is based is that many new vehicles come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grease points on ma ... 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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BOCK AUTOMOTIVE and the Maintenance Mindset

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE and the Maintenance Mindset

When it comes to their vehicles, some PEQUANNOCKresidents don't have amaintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. PEQUANNOCK drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance but just may not have applied it to their vehicles.Here's something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change, your friendly and knowledgeable BOCK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason. If your serpentine belt is cracked, he'll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they've got you covered. And at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE, we check to see if your vehicle manufactur ... read more

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Severe Service Requirements

Severe Service Requirements

A lot of PEQUANNOCK drivers have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their vehicle's  owner's  manual. It can be somewhat confusing, so we decided to consult an expert. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer of automotive products and fluids. She's been in the automotive business for over 30 years and is a speaker, a trainer and a writer. Cricket says there's so much confusion on this topic because, "Most owner's manuals actually have two maintenance schedules. Sometimes these are called 'regular service' and 'severe service.' Sometimes they're simply called Schedule 1 and Schedule 2. A severe service schedule recommends that things like an oil change, air filter replacement and transmission service be done more often: either in fewer miles or in less time." Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers create a specific schedule for each vehicle they manufacture ... read more

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in PEQUANNOCK

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in PEQUANNOCK

There's a segment of the PEQUANNOCK area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to BOCK AUTOMOTIVE for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in PEQUANNOCK have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major repairs are preve ... read more

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