Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for Minneapolis drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for people in MN to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But proper transmission servicing keeps your vehicle running smoothly and helps you avoid repairs down the road.The transmission undergoes a lot of stress. The grit you can see in used transmission fluid is ac... read more
Recently, Nissan introduced the latest version of its Leaf, the company's electric car. It has many new features, including something called e-Pedal. It allows the driver to let up on the accelerator and, unlike a gasoline engine car, the Leaf doesn't just slowly lose speed; letting off the throttle pedal brakes the car in a very controlled way, using regenerative and sometimes friction brakes. With practice, a driver can go for a fairly long time without touching the brake pedal.
Another system... read more
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
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