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A Squirrely Problem (Animals Nesting in Engine)

Sunday 19 January 2020

If you park your vehicle outside, you are exposing it to all sorts of critters that would love to use it for nesting, food storage and shelter.  There are plenty of pictures online of people who've discovered there was more than an engine under the hood.  In one case, the driver of an SUV started to smell a slight burning odor when she was driving.  Turned out to be 200 walnuts and a lot of grass had been stored there by some industrious squirrels preparing for the upcoming cold w... read more

What to Do In Case of an Accident

Sunday 12 January 2020

If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around Minneapolis, MN, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in Minneapolis, MN:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in MN, even if it's not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of... read more

Automotive Detective Work in Minneapolis

Sunday 05 January 2020

There's a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in Minneapolis. Figuring out what's wrong with your vehicle has a lot of similarities to figuring out what's wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms when something goes wrong. As with human diagnoses, a specific symptom may be indicative of a number of problems, and figuring out the specific cause takes training and experienc... read more

Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

Wednesday 01 January 2020

Modern vehicles in and around Minneapolis run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Minneapolis drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us MN drivers have all the... read more

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Sunday 29 December 2019

Did you know that most of the cars driving around Minneapolis, MN, carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the Minneapolis area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the last decade or so, auto computers have been controlling about 85 percent of your vehicle's functions.Cars have sensors for manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold air pressure... read more

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Minneapolis, MN

Sunday 22 December 2019

Every car in Minneapolis, MN, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many... read more

Uptown Imports Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

Sunday 15 December 2019

Hello MN! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecul... read more

Minneapolis Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Sunday 08 December 2019

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around Minneapolis on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considered significantly underinflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.New laws require all vehicles to include a tire pressure monitor system, or... read more

Make your Service Visit at Uptown Imports a Good One

Sunday 01 December 2019

Most people don't love going to get their vehicle serviced, but it's one of those things you just have to do. So you might as well get the most of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible. For one thing, it's important to describe your problem (or problems) to the service advisor accurately and clearly. If your vehicle is making a noise, for example, take time to really listen to it and think of the best way to describe it. Does it incr... read more

Make your Service Visit at Uptown Imports a Good One

Sunday 01 December 2019

Most people don't love going to get their vehicle serviced, but it's one of those things you just have to do. So you might as well get the most of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible. For one thing, it's important to describe your problem (or problems) to the service advisor accurately and clearly. If your vehicle is making a noise, for example, take time to really listen to it and think of the best way to describe it. Does it incr... read more

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