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Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what you want. But if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably know that cheap shoes can come with an added cost of sore feet and other foot ailments. When you add in the benefits of comfort and protection, the more expensive shoes are actually the better value.Buying tires at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE in PEQUANNOCK is a lot like buying shoes, except that PEQUANNOCK vehicles don't have changeable apparel and don't need a closet full of tires to match. Vehicles spend a lot of time on their tires—all the time, in fact—so they need tires that can stand up to the job. Tires are work shoes ... read more

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Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

PEQUANNOCK drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you'll feel it in the steering wheel. If it's a rear wheel you'll feel it through your seat. To fix this, your technician at BOCK AUTOMOTIVE puts weights on your wheels to balance them out.That brings us to tire rotation. The front tires on a vehicle wear out faster than the rear tires. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down. So rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate over the life of the tire.Proper tire inflation will also help PEQUANNOCK folks' tires last longer. Underinflated tires wear more on the shoulder and may even overheat. This could cause tire damage or a blow out. Overinflated tires wear too fast in the middle.Four-wheel ... read more

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Saving Lives in PEQUANNOCK with Tire Pressure

All new passenger vehicles on our PEQUANNOCK, NJ, roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems – TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are underinflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about them.First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is 20 percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is 34 pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won't come on until the pressure is at 28 pounds. That's significantly underinflated, enough to raise safety concerns.The worst is tire failure. A severely underinflated tire can overheat and fail. Also, handling degrades to the point that you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Also underinflated tires wear out faster and they waste fuel. So ... read more

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Tire Maintenance in PEQUANNOCK

With the recent focus in the PEQUANNOCK area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.PEQUANNOCK drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.Some people in PEQUANNOCK wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to overinflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by BOCK AUTOMOTIVE to see about tire maintenance for your vehicle. BOCK AUTOMOTIVE1 IRVING STPEQUANNOCK, NJ 07440973-694-1606http://www.bockautomotive.com Every vehicl ... read more

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All About Your TPMS in PEQUANNOCK

PEQUANNOCK drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for NJ auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of underinflated tires.It's hard for many PEQUANNOCK drivers to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your owner’s manual recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your tire is considered significantly under-inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.Uncle Sam to the rescue! A recent U.S. federal law required vehicle manufacturer’s to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System - or TPMS system - in all vehicles. Many Canadian vehicles have them as well.  The system is a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25% below its pressure recommendations.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for PEQUANNOCK car owners. Gov ... read more

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Buying the Right Tires and Wheels in PEQUANNOCK, NJ

Everyone in PEQUANNOCK, NJ eventually replaces their tires, whether it's because they're worn out or they're just looking for something different. There are so many great tire choices in PEQUANNOCK, it can be difficult to sort them out. Let's group the broad spectrum into several categories that will help in the selection process.One category is often referred to as "summer tires". Summer tires are designed to be driven on the road when temperatures are generally above 45 degrees F (7 degrees C). Their tread design is optimized for traction on dry roads around NJ and they're also able to effectively displace water on rainy roads.So if you live where its summer all year round, these tires will work well for you. If you like maximum performance in warm weather, but still live where it gets cold and snowy, you'll want to change your summer tires for winter tires as the weather starts to change.There's a range of tires within the winter tire category. If you live where there's a lot of sno ... read more

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How Much is Enough for PEQUANNOCK Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

Most PEQUANNOCK drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they're need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And how can you tell? Tires are and their condition is important to the safe handling of a vehicle, so it's for PEQUANNOCK vehicle owners to know the answers to these questions.First of all, it's important to understand that there may be a legal limit to tread wear. If your tires are worn past this limit, you have to replace them to be in compliance with NJ auto safety laws. That's why measuring your tread wear is part of a vehicle s ... read more

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Winter Tires

What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of PEQUANNOCK driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in NJ, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. NJ drivers called them snow tires back then, and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regular tires and they weren't very good on ice, packed snow or wet NJ roads. They were not even very good on dry roads. They really helped in deep or loose snow, but they did a poor job the rest of the time. They were loud and rode hard. People couldn't wait to get them off in the spring.Then all-season tires started to appear in PEQUANNOCK tire shops. All-season tires are really a compromise between summer and winter performance. They have acceptable hot weather ride and tread life and can get NJ drivers through mi ... read more

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings for PEQUANNOCK vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's BOCK AUTOMOTIVE post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around PEQUANNOCK, NJ. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for PEQUANNOCK vehicles. The bearings are packed with heavy grease to lubric ... read more

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Under Pressure in PEQUANNOCK: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in PEQUANNOCK, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on NJ roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, PEQUANNOCK drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concerns as well ... read more

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