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Tire Rotation and Balancing at Uptown Imports in Minneapolis

Monday 16 October 2017

Tires do a lot of work for Minneapolis drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Minneapolis. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible. There are thr... read more

Minneapolis Customer Detective Work

Monday 09 October 2017

One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at Uptown Imports in Minneapolis is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed.Cars in MN are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So, it's challenging to track down the actual cause of the problem. And it can be frustrating for the vehicle owner because it can take time and money to get to the bottom of a problem. If it's not something obvious, i... read more

The Uptown Imports Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

Tuesday 03 October 2017

The team at Uptown Imports in Minneapolis, and MN car owners are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Minneapolis drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more people in Minneapolis can do? After all, some of us folks can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major... read more

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in Minneapolis

Thursday 28 September 2017

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us Minneapolis drivers remember to get our oil changed. But services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is part of car care. A poorly maintained transmission will fail and lead to repairs.The transmission transfers power from the engine to the drive wheels. When it's clean and well-lubricated, it gives maximum fuel efficiency. But when it gets... read more

Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down in Minneapolis

Wednesday 13 September 2017

There’s not much Minneapolis drivers can do about the price of gas in 
MN, but we can control - up to a point - how much we use. Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy. The first thing we can do is watch the go-pedal. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don’t need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year in improved gas mileage. Go a little slower on MN expressways. Minneapolis drivers who g... read more

Improve Fuel Economy with Proper Maintenance at Uptown Imports in Minneapolis

Sunday 03 September 2017

With Minneapolis gas prices being what they are, many of us in MN are driving less and looking into purchasing smaller or more efficient vehicles. Minneapolis area residents who have to drive a lot, have large families or need four-wheel drive are particularly hard hit by the cost of fuel in MN. But there are things all Minneapolis drivers can do to save fuel: We can improve our driving habits and stay on top of preventive maintenance at Uptown Imports. These things make small s... read more

Tire Tread Depth for Minneapolis, MN Drivers

Sunday 27 August 2017

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Two other states, including California, consider 1/32 to be the minimum and six states have no standards at all. Call us at Uptown Imports; (just call 612.822.6490) to find out what yo... read more

Minneapolis Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

Monday 21 August 2017

Any Minneapolis driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Minneapolis residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the serpentine belt.The serpentine belt gets its name because of its circuitous path around the engine. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine and powers a number of systems, a... read more

Minneapolis, MN Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

Wednesday 16 August 2017

When winter approaches in MN, Minneapolis residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for MN winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing Minneapolis residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold MN winters.There are some specific things Minneapolis drivers n... read more

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Uptown Imports

Sunday 06 August 2017

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the MN news. Minneapolis people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of Minneapolis 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 k... read more

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