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
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
Today in our Uptown Imports 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 cavit... read more
Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today's Uptown Imports article: wiper blades. While this isn't the most exciting automotive subject, it's important. You wouldn't drive at night in Minneapolis with your headlights off, but a dirty or streaked vehicle windshield can catch the glare of the sun or on-coming headlights and make it just as difficult to see.M... read more
If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the Minneapolis area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local Minneapolis gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. Whe... read more
The drive train in your vehicle includes all the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. Those components differ depending on what type of vehicle you drive, namely, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The preventive maintenance your driveshaft needs will also differ by what type of vehicle you drive.Let's start with front-wheel drive. In this vehicle, the transmission and the differential are... read more
Minneapolis residents often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around Minneapolis, MN, also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.E... read more
Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that Minneapolis auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in MN.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if Minneapolis drivers take car... read more
Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter?
A. A filter for your Minneapolis house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?
Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common MN air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of san... read more
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
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