Local Minneapolis roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around Minneapolis would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for mi... read more
Every Minneapolis car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced.
Now, most air filters purchased in Minneapolis don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that MN people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter... read more
Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Minneapolis drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Minneapolis drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around Minneapolis?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero MN temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in... read more
Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Minneapolis drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Minneapolis. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there's an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you're doing.Lower gears for powe... read more
There are several important factors that go into how often Minneapolis drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from MN freeway driving or lots of wet weather – your blades get a work out and start to wear.
But your wiper blades break down even when they aren’t used frequently. They are damage... read more
Safe MN travel starts with preventive maintenance and good vehicle care at Uptown Imports. But there are other things Minneapolis residents can do to prepare for emergencies on the road. Here's some auto advice that can help you plan for emergencies, and just may save your life — or someone else's.First, Minneapolis auto owners should consider keeping an auto emergency kit in their vehicle. The kit should contain items that will allow you to deal with c... read more
There's a segment of the Minneapolis area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance.
Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Uptown Imports for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large... read more
Most Minneapolis drivers don't even think about their air conditioner.
Now here's a tip for Minneapolis vehicle owners: Run your air conditioner every so often during MN winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out.
The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your vehicle windshield during MN winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost se... read more
Many Minneapolis drivers probably don't think of their shock absorbers as an important safety system; but that's just what shocks and struts are. They're all about ride control – keeping your vehicle tires in contact with the road and managing body motion.Every time you hit a bump or pothole on a Minneapolis road, your tire wants to bounce up. The bigger the bump, the higher the bounce. Your shocks or struts push down on the tire to maintain the traction you need to start... read more
High gas prices in Minneapolis increase the cost of living for MN drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Minneapolis vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to MN news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more c... read more
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