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What Is That? Check Engine Light Service at Uptown Imports

Sunday 16 September 2018

Okay. You went to your local Minneapolis car wash, and while your vehicle was under the dryer, the Check Engine light started flashing. Panic! What did you just do? Something is seriously wrong with the vehicle! You head for the nearest Minneapolis service center, but on the way, the Check Engine light stops flashing and just glows red. Hmm. Maybe things aren't as bad as they seem. You decide to wait until payday to take your vehicle in to get serviced. In the meantime, the Check Engine lig... read more

Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Sunday 09 September 2018

Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the Minneapolis area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chir... read more

E-85 Fuel Safety Advice from Uptown Imports

Sunday 02 September 2018

  Today at Uptown Imports we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You've probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in the Minneapolis area. Some newer vehicle models are specifically built to run on E-85 – the rest are not. Does your vehicle use E-85 gasoline? Bring it down to Uptown Imports at 1423 Washington Avenue Nor... read more

Brake Service at Uptown Imports in Minneapolis

Sunday 26 August 2018

Brakes really aren't optional equipment for Minneapolis drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.A regular brake inspection is on every MN driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At Uptown Imports, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your Minneapolis service center right away. And watch out for these problems: Low or spongy brake p... read more

What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

Sunday 19 August 2018

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Minneapolis, MN, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Minneapolis drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of Minneapolis customers' minds. It's not uncommon for drivers to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service. Call Uptown Impo... read more

Deciphering the Uptown Imports Menu Board

Sunday 12 August 2018

Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Minneapolis, MN, service centers like Uptown Imports have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service. Feel free at any time to give Uptown Imports a call at 612.822.6490 to learn of the ma... read more

Give me a Brake (Light)!

Sunday 05 August 2018

If that little brake warning light pops up on your dash, do you know what it means? Well, if you said no, you wouldn't be alone. You know it has something to do with your brakes, but exactly what? You're not sure. One of the reasons is that it could mean a lot of different things. It could be something simple, like you put your parking brake on and forgot to take it off. Easy fix, you're on the road in seconds. Or, it could mean there's something wrong with your anti-lock brake system. That is a... read more

Give me a Brake (Light)!

Sunday 05 August 2018

If that little brake warning light pops up on your dash, do you know what it means? Well, if you said no, you wouldn't be alone. You know it has something to do with your brakes, but exactly what? You're not sure. One of the reasons is that it could mean a lot of different things. It could be something simple, like you put your parking brake on and forgot to take it off. Easy fix, you're on the road in seconds. Or, it could mean there's something wrong with your anti-lock brake system. That is a... read more

Don't Stack the Mat

Sunday 29 July 2018

In the sloppy cold weather months, you might be tempted to pick up an all-weather mat and throw it on top of the mats you already have in your vehicle. After all, double protection is better, right? In this case, wrong. Here's why. It's important to keep the accelerator and brake pedals clear so they can function the way they are supposed to. Stacking mats in the driver's side footwell can make them sit up too high on the floor. That can, in turn, jam your accelerator pedal forward, causing your... read more

Don't Stack the Mat

Sunday 29 July 2018

In the sloppy cold weather months, you might be tempted to pick up an all-weather mat and throw it on top of the mats you already have in your vehicle. After all, double protection is better, right? In this case, wrong. Here's why. It's important to keep the accelerator and brake pedals clear so they can function the way they are supposed to. Stacking mats in the driver's side footwell can make them sit up too high on the floor. That can, in turn, jam your accelerator pedal forward, causing your... read more

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