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Fuel Filter Service in Minneapolis, MN

Monday 15 January 2018

There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn't seem right.Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember because it is a long list, but your service center at Uptown Imports can help you know what's scheduled to be taken care of.Some of us in Minneapolis, MN, really don't look forward to going in for an oil change and then getting a list of the other thi... read more

To Save Gas Around Minneapolis: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

Sunday 07 January 2018

  One topic that hits the news in MN on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some MN drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in Minneapolis who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into Uptown Imports is one of the best ways people in Minneapolis can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. W... read more

Check Engine Light Diagnosis at Uptown Imports

Tuesday 02 January 2018

Hello Minneapolis . Have you ever had your Check Engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Minneapolis drivers?First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That's why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might b... read more

Drive Defensively in MN

Sunday 17 December 2017

Car care is part of auto safety in Minneapolis. But the most important thing we can do to improve safety on MN roads is to drive safely.Defensive driving begins with the proper attitude. Have in mind that you won't let anyone take your safety away from you. You'll be aware of your surroundings, road conditions, other vehicles and hazards. And the first person to be concerned with is you: start with your own environment.Don't leave without securing all occupants includi... read more

Can Car Scent Keep You Safe on MN Roads?

Monday 11 December 2017

Here's a travel tip that'll I'll bet you didn't know, and it might keep you safer...The average American commuter in MN spends two and a half hours daily in their vehicle.The government says 100,000 auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)So what does this have to do with how your vehicle smells while you're driving around Minneapolis?Well, which scent did you think makes driver... read more

Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

Monday 04 December 2017

If you've ever been driving around Minneapolis and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won't have the same brightness, which can be distracting and will affect your field of vision.To have your headlights inspected, visit us at Uptown Imports. We're at 1423 Washington Avenue North in Minneapolis, MN 55411. Or give us a call at 612... read more

Battery Maintenance Tips From Uptown Imports

Sunday 26 November 2017

When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons:First, your vehicle won't start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn't working efficiently, your alternator has to work overtime to make up for it, and other electrical components can suffer as well.A number of years ago sealed batteries were introduced to the local Minneapolis, MN, market. They were hailed... read more

Automotive Tips from Uptown Imports: Rotor Problems

Tuesday 21 November 2017

The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your car when you are driving in Minneapolis.Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less contact surface for the brake pads, leaving you with reduced braking power.Over time and miles, rotors can also wear down below safe specifications. It is important for Minneapolis drivers to k... read more

Diesel Maintenance for MN

Wednesday 15 November 2017

At Uptown Imports we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our MN friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.Here's who's announced or is expected to announce new diesels for North A... read more

The Uptown Imports Guide to Saving Fuel: Beware of Myths

Wednesday 08 November 2017

There's a lot of auto advice in MN right now on how to save money on gas. Some of it is good advice. Some of it isn't. Some of it is myth. And it may well be a scam. Plain and simple. When someone offers you a product designed to save money on gas, ask yourself, “Does this sound too good to be true?” If the answer is yes, do more research.The internet offers us a convenient and quick way to research someone's claims about gas savings. Minne... read more

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