A message from the owner,
As the temperatures dip, we all know there could be problems starting our vehicles. After all, batteries can grow old and not hold a charge as well as when they were newer. Or starters can go bad. But there's one more component to keep an especially sharp eye on during winter: your alternator.
The alternator is sort of like a small generator. It sends power out to various parts in your vehicle that need electricity. That includes the battery, which needs charging to keep its power to... read more
If your vehicle had something in its design or production that the manufacturer had figured out had an unanticipated problem, you'd want to know about it. And you'd want it fixed. There is something that can help drivers with just such a scenario. It's called a Technical Service Bulletin, or TSB.
Here's what a TSB is. Vehicle design and manufacturing is a very complex process. Aftrer every vehicle is introduced, the more units there are on the road, the more likely weaknesses in parts or design... read more
Cold weather can present some real challenges when it comes to your vehicle's windshield. Think of it. Your windshield is your window to the world when you're driving, and clear visibility is extraordinarily important for safe travels. So here are 3 tips to ensure that your windshield can do its job during the cold weather.
Don't ever pour hot water on a frozen windshield. Let's say you head outside and see your vehicle covered with ice. You think, hey, maybe I can heat up a p... read more
The hottest MN news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in Minneapolis. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in Minneapolis can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do fo... read more
Most Minneapolis auto owners want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving economy. At Uptown Imports, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can Minneapolis drivers actually save?In today's Uptown Imports article, we're focusing on the things you can do to improve your vehicle’s economydriving around MN. We'll tell you the potential savings per gallon of gas at $3.50, and we'll... read more
Your vehicle requires plenty of clean fuel to run. If your fuel contains contaminants, your fuel injectors will eventually become clogged up. When this happens, your vehicle engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run at peak performance. This hurts performance as you drive around the Minneapolis area. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber.That's why all vehicles, including ve... read more
We've all been through it. The vehicle ahead of us kicks up mud, slush, snow or salt on our windshield and we can't see a thing. And not being able to see a thing when we're driving? Not a good thing.
Debris on a vehicle's glass can be blinding when driving directly into the sun. And other things can ruin visibility: scratches on the glass, fogged windows, mineral deposits.
So lets make one thing clear: Your windows. Here are some tips.
Number one rule, don't... read more
Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Minneapolis area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there.Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local Minneapolis service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit &ndash... read more
There was a man in the Minneapolis area who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home – so he moved. (Just kidding!)When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local MN highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in Minneapolis, because that's where we do most of our driving. We can't let our familiar surroundings keep us from driving defensively.Defensive driving begins with the proper attitude... read more
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