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
Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Minneapolis drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. MN drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the Minneapolis area are much better designed for the wide r... read more
Do I keep my old vehicle or buy a new one? It's a question most Minneapolis drivers ask themselves at some time or another.Generally, what it comes down to is the choice between a car payment and the possibility of repair bills. Most of the time, we want to choose the car payment because we don't like the inconvenience and uncertainty of vehicle repairs. But that payment has a detrimental effect on our budget and bank account.Edmunds.com ... read more
Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in Minneapolis, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other Minneapolis drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pu... read more
Let's talk about air quality in Minneapolis. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, Minneapolis drivers began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?Now, it's only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in Minneapolis. You can look in your owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, there'll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirt... read more
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