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Minneapolis Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

Monday 21 August 2017

Any Minneapolis driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Minneapolis residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the serpentine belt.The serpentine belt gets its name because of its circuitous path around the engine. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine and powers a number of systems, a... read more

Automotive Tips from Uptown Imports: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

Monday 22 May 2017

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Minneapolis drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Uptown Imports to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper bel... read more

Automotive Tips from Uptown Imports: Timing Belt Overview

Tuesday 14 February 2017

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute when you are driving around Minneapolis. The timing belt’s important job is to make sure that all of this happens as it should – at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won’t run efficiently or maybe not at all – so a good ti... read more

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Minneapolis

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air an... read more

Ask Uptown Imports: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

Sunday 19 June 2016

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so m... read more

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for Minneapolis Drivers

Friday 28 August 2015

Knowing how their engine works can help Minneapolis drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in f... read more

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