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Power Steering Service at Uptown Imports in Minneapolis

Sunday 18 June 2017

Many Minneapolis drivers have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability to lubricate the internal parts. The power steering fluid also protects vehicle components from rust and corrosion.Minneapolis car owners should be aware tha... read more

Upsizing Wheels and Tires With Uptown Imports

Sunday 11 June 2017

Many Minneapolis drivers want to accessorize their vehicle - you know, make it theirs. One of the easiest ways to get a custom look is to get some new wheels. There are thousands of wheel designs at Minneapolis area tire shops to get you the look you want. And for many Minneapolis drivers, that look includes bigger wheels. It used to be that cars came from the factory with 15 or 16 inch wheels. Now 16, 17 and even 18 inchers are standard. And the factories are offering optional wheel packag... read more

Hey Minneapolis Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

Sunday 04 June 2017

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around Minneapolis?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving. But if you chose 'coffee,' then give yourself an extra two points.  Coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in Minneapolis and around the country.Food distractions cause... read more

Automotive Tips from Uptown Imports: Wiper Blades – Signs of Wear

Wednesday 31 May 2017

90% of our driving decisions are based on vision. Anything that impedes your vision can affect your driving safety – including a dirty windshield. In that sense, your wiper blades are an important safety system. Most Minneapolis drivers will wait until their wipers have failed before they replace them. Then they find themselves in a driving situation around MN when they really need forward visibility only to discover that their wipers are worn or maybe even torn and can’t c... read more

Automotive Tips from Uptown Imports: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

Monday 22 May 2017

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Minneapolis drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Uptown Imports to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper bel... read more

Nighttime Visibility in Minneapolis

Tuesday 16 May 2017

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the Minneapolis area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility…It's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. Nighttime driving has the effect of reducing 20/20 vision to the equivalent of 20/50 vision. What you could clearly see at 50 feet in daylight can't be seen until yo... read more

How Your Check Engine Light Works

Sunday 07 May 2017

Have you ever had an experience like this in Minneapolis, MN? You drive through the one of those automatic car washes. When you get to the end, where the dryer is blowing, your Check Engine light starts flashing!You fear the worst, but within a block or two, the light stops flashing, but stays on. By the next day, the light is off.You wonder; "What was going on?" Well, it's actually a good lesson in how the Check Engine light works.Your air intake system has a sensor that measures how much... read more

Make Your Vehicle Last

Monday 01 May 2017

We live in such a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days, MN folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough - they had to do without. Most Minneapolis drivers couldn't afford new vehicles very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could.It's a good thing that vehicles are more reliable these days. They just... read more

New Life for Your Older Car in Minneapolis

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Isn't it amazing how much of our stuff is disposable these days? Clothes, electronics, housewares, furniture.Remember the days when Minneapolis families mended their clothes, polished their shoes and neatly put away their toys every night? If something was lost or ruined through neglect, your parents just told you to do without, that you should have taken better care of it. They considered the loss a “life lesson.”But today many Minneapolis drivers tend to neglect on... read more

Let Uptown Imports Help You Extend the Life of Your Car

Tuesday 18 April 2017

If you haven't shopped in the Minneapolis area for a new vehicle recently, you're likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in Minneapolis, and insurance, the idea of hanging on to your old vehicle for a few more years gets even more attractive.On the plus side, vehicles these days are engineered to last for 150,000 miles (250,000 km) or more. So why don't they? Usually it... read more

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