No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Minneapolis residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Minneapolis residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Minneapolis service center.
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Recently, Nissan introduced the latest version of its Leaf, the company's electric car. It has many new features, including something called e-Pedal. It allows the driver to let up on the accelerator and, unlike a gasoline engine car, the Leaf doesn't just slowly lose speed; letting off the throttle pedal brakes the car in a very controlled way, using regenerative and sometimes friction brakes. With practice, a driver can go for a fairly long time without touching the brake pedal.
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Every Minneapolis car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced.
Now, most air filters purchased in Minneapolis don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that MN people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter... read more
Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Minneapolis drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Minneapolis drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around Minneapolis?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero MN temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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