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
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
Today in the Uptown Imports auto care blog, we're going to talk to Minneapolis drivers about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, oil change intervals become longer for Uptown Imports customers. For example, recently four of the world's largest vehicle manufacturer's shortened the published intervals for several of their engine models. They originally published intervals that extended out to a much as 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers).In real world Mi... read more
Hi Minneapolis residents. Let's talk fuel injectors. A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle's engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel to precisely the right place, precisely when the engine needs it. The fuel also has to be mixed with air before it can burn in the engine.Fuel injectors are engineered to spray fuel in a specific pattern into the engine. (The pattern varies by engine type and design.) In order to achieve these spray patterns, the f... read more
There are so many tire choices in the Minneapolis area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most Minneapolis area folks so you want do it right.Tip: talk with your friendly and knowledgeable Uptown Imports tire professional. He'll help you sort through the choices.Here are some of the issues you'll talk about: One is size &ndash... read more
Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy.
Most Minneapolis vehicles have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer probl... read more
Today we want to talk to Minneapolis drivers about timing belts. They're something that many drivers don't know much about and yet your vehicle won't run if it's broken – and it could cause many thousands of dollars damage if it does break. A broken timing belt is usually a tale of woe. Even though timing belt replacement is scheduled in the owner's manual, it's not the kind of thing that most Minneapolis area auto owners remember because it's not well understood.Let's review what a timing... read more
When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Minneapolis drivers. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic mo... read more
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
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
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