Category Archives: Service Intervals

Recommended Service Intervals at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

Most people in the PEQUANNOCK area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for areas in NJ.The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve the standards. Think of the benefits of following recommended intervals as falling into three general categories: Protection, Efficiency and Safety.Protection. Let's start with motor oil. First of all, the engineers recommend a particular weight and type of motor oil for your vehicle. All of their oil change recommendations assume using the proper motor oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives that clean the engine and provide corrosion resistance. Over ... read more

Should PEQUANNOCK Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around PEQUANNOCK are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside NJ temperatures are below freezing.3. You don't do a lot of NJ freeway driving, so you drive at low speeds most of the time.4. You drive in an area with a lot of pollution, dust, dirt, mud or slush.5. You frequently tow a trailer, haul heavy loads around PEQUANNOCK or use a car-top carrier.6. The weather in your area can get very hot or very cold.Surprising, isn't it? Severe driving isn't quite what you'd envisioned.Ask yourself: "Which auto service schedule should I follow?" For some of us, it's obvious. But for most of us ... read more

BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

Organization is the key to managing a busy life in NJ. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep PEQUANNOCK residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. PEQUANNOCK residents can't afford to overlook any of them.The following is a list of preventive maintenance services that are often overlooked by vehicle owners in the PEQUANNOCK area. They are not presented in any particular order.1. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Power Steering Service. Moisture gradually builds up in your power steering fluid, which can lead to corrosion in your steering system. The fluid also gets dirty, which can gum up your steering system. The fluid needs to be replaced periodically.2. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE Wheel Alignment. Wheels that are out of alignment will cause a ... read more

Is Your PEQUANNOCK Driving Severe?

People near PEQUANNOCK, NJ, often ask BOCK AUTOMOTIVE how often they should have a particular service done. It's a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner's manual or have your PEQUANNOCK, NJ, service advisor at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules.One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in PEQUANNOCK will say that their driving is normal and that the 'regular' schedule probably applies to them. 'Severe service' sounds pretty extreme – 'I don't drive like that.'Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. Most of your trips are less than four miles (six and a half kilometers). Most of your trips are less than ten miles (16 km) and outside temperatures are ... read more

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

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

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