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Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Uptown Imports

Wednesday 16 May 2018

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 ailment... read more

Stay Headed in the Right Direction, Minneapolis

Monday 07 May 2018

Power steering is standard on nearly every vehicle in Minneapolis, MN, these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by a belt powered by the engine. Contact the automotive professionals at Uptown Imports in Minneapolis for questions about your power steering. The pump generates power that assists drivers as they steer their vehicle around Minneapolis, M... read more

Questions to Ask Your Minneapolis Service Advisor

Monday 30 April 2018

We find that a lot of Minneapolis drivers are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions but don't want to be embarrassed or seem pushy. Vehicles are very complicated and there's more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe it's because vehicles have become so much more reliable that the average person just doesn't need to know as much to keep their vehicle on the road.You know, your local hospital has a... read more

Lease or Buy?

Sunday 22 April 2018

Lease? Or buy? These are the options for Minneapolis drivers. It's always a tough question for auto owners, but here is some info that'll help you make an informed decision.If you buy, you'll pay the full cost of the vehicle, maybe an initial down payment, monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.Minneapolis drivers who lease finance the portion of the cost of the vehicle that's used up during the term of the... read more

Uptown Imports Automotive Tips: Alternator

Sunday 15 April 2018

Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all of the vital electrical systems in your vehicle. That’s everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows and everything you plug into the power outlets. After your alternator makes enough electricity to do all that, it recharges your battery with what’s left over.When Minneapolis drivers constantly have a low or dead batte... read more

Distracted Driving

Tuesday 10 April 2018

When asked, most people think they are good at multi-tasking. Scientific studies, however, reveal that only around 2% of the population can truly demonstrate the capacity to effectively multi-task. For the rest of us who are not so biologically wired, no amount of practice can increase our effectiveness at multi-tasking. Turns out, multi-tasking is almost a superpower. Think of fighter pilots: capable of maintaining their orientation in three dimensional space and performing specific and highly... read more

Fresh Air Inside Your Car in Minneapolis

Sunday 01 April 2018

Air quality has certainly become a hot issue in our modern world. We install air filters on our ventilation systems and in our vacuum cleaners. There's a filter that cleans the air going into our vehicle's engine — so why not one for the air in the passenger compartment?Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers haven't been ignoring the issue. Cabin air filters are becoming a standard feature on newer vehicles. These filters can clean particles out of the air down to thre... read more

Straight and True in Minneapolis: Wheel Alignment

Sunday 25 March 2018

Most Minneapolis folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by drivers in Minneapolis is a periodic alignment inspection. Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and new tires are m... read more

Uptown Imports Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for Minneapolis residents to always use the proper type of fluid for their vehicle. Using incorrect fluids can actually damage your engine.As engines have become more sophisticated, new weights (or grades) of engine oil have been introduced. Today, there is a much wider range of weights for engine oil as well as... read more

How Do You Save Gas in Minneapolis, MN?

Monday 12 March 2018

No one in Minneapolis, MN, likes to spend a chunk of change at the gas pump. Rising MN fuel prices, however, have spurred Minneapolis drivers to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles/kilometers less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we love our vehicles, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.Let's look at a real life example. This man has one of those really... read more

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