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Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down Around Minneapolis

Sunday 03 November 2019

There's not much we can do about the price of gas in Minneapolis, MN, but we do quite a bit about how much we use as we're driving on our Minneapolis streets.Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy.The first thing we can do is watch the 'go-pedal.' Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don't need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year.Go a little slower on the freeway. Once you're going... read more

Engine Air Filter from Uptown Imports

Sunday 04 August 2019

Many Minneapolis drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at Uptown Imports recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your Uptown Imports service advisor for more information. It's... read more

Fuel System Cleaning the Professional Way at Uptown Imports

Sunday 17 June 2018

Your fuel system needs to be clean to do its job properly. When it gets dirty, the results are lower engine performance, reduced fuel economy and impaired safety. It can even lead to costly repair bills for Minneapolis drivers. So keep your fuel system clean as part of your routine preventive maintenance.Fuel injectors have replaced carburetors in most of today's vehicles. These injectors deliver better fuel economy than a carburetor, but they can be compromised by rust, dirt an... read more

Maintaining Your Diesel in Minneapolis

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven't been as common in the Minneapolis area because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Minneapolis diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV's.Diesels are popular in MN because they get better fuel economy than gas-powered engines. They a... read more

How Do You Save Gas in Minneapolis, MN?

Monday 12 March 2018

No one in Minneapolis, MN, likes to spend a chunk of change at the gas pump. Rising MN fuel prices, however, have spurred Minneapolis drivers to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles/kilometers less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we love our vehicles, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.Let's look at a real life example. This man has one of those really... read more

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your Minneapolis Vehicle

Monday 19 February 2018

If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the Minneapolis area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local Minneapolis gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. Whe... read more

Uptown Imports Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

Tuesday 06 February 2018

Minneapolis residents often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around Minneapolis, MN, also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.E... read more

Fuel Filter Service in Minneapolis, MN

Monday 15 January 2018

There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn't seem right.Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember because it is a long list, but your service center at Uptown Imports can help you know what's scheduled to be taken care of.Some of us in Minneapolis, MN, really don't look forward to going in for an oil change and then getting a list of the other thi... read more

To Save Gas Around Minneapolis: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

Sunday 07 January 2018

  One topic that hits the news in MN on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some MN drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in Minneapolis who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into Uptown Imports is one of the best ways people in Minneapolis can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. W... read more

Diesel Maintenance for MN

Wednesday 15 November 2017

At Uptown Imports we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our MN friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.Here's who's announced or is expected to announce new diesels for North A... read more

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