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MN: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

Sunday 05 May 2019

MN residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do MN residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it from friction damage. Over t... read more

Sniffing Out a Problem

Sunday 21 April 2019

Your parents probably taught you to have common sense. When it comes to your vehicle, common scents can also come in handy. Different smells may tell you about some conditions in your vehicle that need attention. For example, you know what rotten eggs smell like.  If you smell them around your vehicle, it means sulfur can't be far away. Here's a surprising fact: Gasoline has a little sulfur in it.  There's a device in your exhaust system that's supposed to convert it to something that... read more

Uptown Imports Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for Minneapolis residents to always use the proper type of fluid for their vehicle. Using incorrect fluids can actually damage your engine.As engines have become more sophisticated, new weights (or grades) of engine oil have been introduced. Today, there is a much wider range of weights for engine oil as well as... read more

How to Know When to Change Your Oil at Uptown Imports

Monday 31 July 2017

Today in the Uptown Imports auto care blog, we're going to talk to Minneapolis drivers about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, oil change intervals become longer for Uptown Imports customers. For example, recently four of the world's largest vehicle manufacturer's shortened the published intervals for several of their engine models. They originally published intervals that extended out to a much as 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers).In real world Mi... read more

Super Slick at Uptown Imports in Minneapolis: Synthetic Oil

Wednesday 28 June 2017

When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Minneapolis drivers. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic mo... read more

Uptown Imports Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Sunday 23 October 2016

Today's Uptown Imports post focuses on using coolant. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won't protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your vehicle owner's manual. Of course, your Uptown Imports service advisor will know the proper coolant for your vehicle.Brake fluid is confusing for some Minneapolis drivers. Back when we opened Uptown Imports, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some Minneapolis residents mistakenly think the higher... read more

The Right Fluids for Your Vehicle

Sunday 16 October 2016

The current vehicles in the market have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids.It's up to people in Minneapolis to always use the right type of fluid for their vehicle. Your service advisor and your owner's manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what types of... read more

The Right Automotive Fluids for Minneapolis Drivers

Wednesday 26 August 2015

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Minneapolis drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won't work as well and could even cause damage.In addition to new grades of engine oil, many vehicles now leave the factory with synthetic oil. People in Minneapolis should always us... read more

The Uptown Imports Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

Thursday 09 July 2015

The automotive professionals at Uptown Imports would like to give Minneapolis drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.The Minneapolis do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of... read more

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