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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Minneapolis

Sunday 03 February 2019

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

Gas Savings in Minneapolis: Sharpen Your Pencil

Sunday 13 January 2019

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

Hold the Oil! (Oil Pan Gasket Replacement)

Sunday 16 December 2018

You've likely heard how important oil is to your vehicle's engine. Did you know that there's one part that's responsible for holding that oil so you can use it every day? It's called the oil pan, and it sits at the bottom of the engine. The oil pan is a vital, though simple, part of your engine's lubrication system. Oil circulates through parts of your engine to keep them lubricated. It reduces friction so everything works smoothly. Without oil, friction would quickly destroy your engine. The oi... read more

Maintenance on My Mind

Sunday 09 December 2018

Ask any Minneapolis man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car in for care. The answer will probably be that he forgot or that he just didn't think about it. Most Minneapolis residents seem to have a hard time remembering about sched... read more

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Uptown Imports?

Sunday 11 November 2018

Today's Uptown Imports article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many Minneapolis drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in MN who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at Uptown Imports.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance: things like oil... read more

Uptown Imports On Your Serpentine Belt

Monday 02 July 2018

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Minneapolis, MN, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around MN in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the... read more

Change Your Wiper Blades Twice Yearly at Uptown Imports

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today's Uptown Imports article: wiper blades. While this isn't the most exciting automotive subject, it's important. You wouldn't drive at night in Minneapolis with your headlights off, but a dirty or streaked vehicle windshield can catch the glare of the sun or on-coming headlights and make it just as difficult to see.M... read more

Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

Monday 04 December 2017

If you've ever been driving around Minneapolis and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won't have the same brightness, which can be distracting and will affect your field of vision.To have your headlights inspected, visit us at Uptown Imports. We're at 1423 Washington Avenue North in Minneapolis, MN 55411. Or give us a call at 612... read more

Fall and Spring Checkup in Minneapolis

Monday 23 October 2017

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into Uptown Imports for a checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service.My friend is (technically) right about some things, but from a practical standpoint, a seasonal check up still makes sense.Back when my dad was teaching me about how to take care of the family vehicle, m... read more

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Uptown Imports

Sunday 06 August 2017

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the MN news. Minneapolis people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of Minneapolis motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 k... read more

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