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You’re Ready For A Road Trip, But Is Your Car?

We’re ready for a Road Trip! Make sure your car won’t let you down!

We’re all itching to get out this summer, right? It seems like a Road Trip is the safest bet for travel this year. But before you hit the road, please make sure that everything is in place for a pleasant driving experience!

Have you tested your Car Air Conditioning recently? Chances are that it hasn’t been extensively used since last summer. It may need an A/C Recharge. Make sure you’re feeling comfortable on the road!

Also, how are your Windshield Wiper Blades? You never know when you’re going to run into a summer storm. Wiper Blades dry out and crack, and they may need replacing once a year, or more. Make sure you can see where you’re going!

Finally, before heading out for an extended period of time, it’s important to have a Certified Auto Mechanic take a look Under The Hood to make sure that all systems are ready. They can top off the fluids, make sure belts are healthy, and take a peek at the Brakes. Make sure that you have your Car Inspected at least a few days before your trip, so that your Auto Mechanic has enough time to complete any necessary repairs!

Enjoy your summer on the road, but before you get out there, call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime, so that we make sure your Car is Road Trip Ready!

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Does My Car’s Air Conditioning Need Recharge?

How cold - or not - is your A/C blowing?
Is your A/C not doing its job? Drop by, we have the tools to check! If these are your numbers, we can do some work on your system and cool you off.

It’s summer, which means that you may be using your car’s Air Conditioning more often. Since it hasn’t gotten much use for a while, you may need an A/C Recharge. It’s a good idea to run your Air Conditioner early in the season, before it gets too hot; if it doesn’t blow cold enough, you should get your A/C checked out! Stop by your Auto Mechanic Near Me to get your Air Conditioning System looked over, before it leaves you hot and bothered at the worst time! If you have any questions, call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

Is It Time For A Coolant Flush?

During your last Routine Maintenance, your Service Writer advised that you might need a Coolant Flush. Why, and what does this mean?

Coolant, or Antifreeze, is what keeps your Engine at an appropriate temperature. Thus, with good Coolant Under The Hood, your Engine is less likely to overheat. As a result, your car will be less likely to strand you, requiring Costly Repairs.

Over time, deposits and contaminants build up in Coolant during regular use, reducing its effectiveness. During a Coolant Flush, the old Coolant is removed and fresh Coolant replaces the old. This service is recommended once a year. If you are in need of a Coolant Flush, call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

How Regular Vehicle Maintenance Saves Money

Changing your Oil Filter is part of Routine Auto Maintenance! The one on the bottom was long overdue. (The top filter is new.)

We all want to Save Money on Auto Repair, right? Well, we have the solution for you: Routine Vehicle Maintenance! Wait, what? Doesn’t that mean that I have to put more money into my car each time I’m at the shop? Not really. You may be paying for thorough inspections of your Brakes and your Cooling System, and getting Oil Filters and Air Filters replaced regularly, but these routine maintenance jobs cost a lot less than the bigger repairs you may otherwise face. Several of the systems which we inspect affect Engine, Brake, and Steering function. If any of these were to suddenly cause a problem, you could be facing an expensive repair, it could leave you stranded at the side of the road, or – worse yet – it may result in an accident. At Daltons, we think it’s best to routinely invest smaller amounts of money to help reduce the larger costs down the line! Give us a call at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

How Often Do I Need To Change My Wiper Blades?

We have Wiper Blades in stock!

We live in the land of liquid sunshine! A key component of Safe Driving is ensuring that your Windshield Wiper Blades are not too worn out. Typically, Wiper Blades need replacing 1-2 times a year. After a year of changing seasons, the rubber on the blade can harden and crack. This impacts visibility, since a worn-out Wiper Blade can no longer make complete contact with the Windshield surface. Routine Windshield Wiper Blade replacement is an important part of Auto Maintenance, and is key to Safe Driving. If you have any questions, call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

Engine Sounds That Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Whatever the noise, bring it on in!

Uh oh. What’s that sound coming from Under The Hood? Whether you are a Car Expert or not, any strange noise coming from Old Reliable can be frightening. You might hear a hissing sound, a clunking, a rattling, or a grinding. We cannot Diagnose your Auto Emergency over the phone, just like a doctor can’t diagnose an illness by phone. But, these sounds could involve Leaking Fluids, Loose Parts, or a Vacuum Leak. Sometimes, the problem is small, but you never know. What might sound like a minor Engine Problem may actually be something that could strand you, or lead to an Expensive Repair later. If your Engine Is Making Sounds, call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

How Do You Know It’s Time For An Oil Change?

So, the little sticker in your windshield tells you that you should be getting your Oil Changed soon. Is this just another one of those Routine Car Maintenance things that you can set aside for a while? Well, considering that your oil lubricates your engine, it’s not something you’d want to ignore; healthy, clean oil makes for a healthy, clean engine!

First of all, if there’s a knocking or clapping sound under the hood, that’s a sign that the oil isn’t doing its job in the engine. If this is you, get your Oil Changed at an Auto Repair Shop NOW!

Lastly, during your routine Oil Checks (you’re doing those, right??), if your oil looks dark – like chocolate syrup – it’s dirty, and not doing its job the way it should. The “dirt” is the result of long-term buildup of particles over time, which isn’t good on the Engine in the long term. Get it changed!

Of course, if the Oil Light pops up on your dash, please check your oil as soon as possible. Again, the oil is what lubricates your engine, keeping it working properly. If it’s full of particles, or there’s not enough of it, your engine could overheat, or suffer other damage which could strand you. It’s so much less stressful to perform Routine Maintenance! If you have any questions, call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

A lifetime of neglect. This poor engine!

WE ARE OPEN!

We here at Daltons Midway hope all of you weather the COVID-19 storm without harm. We plan to remain open, so we can continue to provide for our employees. If you are worried about “social distancing” but need work done on your vehicle – we’ve got you covered!

1. Nightdrop your vehicle

2. All work can be coordinated over phone, text, or email

3. Pay by card over the phone

4. Pick up from parking lot

No in-person contact required!

Get your vehicle ready for summer!

summer road trip

It’s almost July 5th! (If you’ve lived around Seattle long enough, you know that that’s when we usually start seeing the sun.) I know I’m ready for summer; are you? Better yet, is your car? Here are a few tips for a fun, hassle-free summer!

  • Check the pressure in your tires. Gases expand when heated: basic physics. When your tires repeatedly hit the hot asphalt, a poorly inflated one may overheat.
  • Recharge your A/C! Hopefully we’ll be needing this over the summer! As we head into summer, run your A/C to make sure it blows cold. If it doesn’t, your system might need a recharge. (We do that! Bring it on down to Daltons!!)
  • Do you have enough wiper fluid? How are the wiper blades? Summer drives mean lots of bugs on the windshield. You want to be able to clean them off!
  • If you’re going on a road trip, get ‘er checked out. A quick inspection of hoses, belts, and other fluid levels can provide some basic reassurance before heading out on an adventure.

Pay us a visit over in Clearview, for any or all of the above! Enjoy your summer!

Upcoming events in the Snohomish area

juicy watermelon!

Summer is here! And, so are fun summer activities. You don’t have to go far to enjoy yourself around here. You may be familiar with most of the summertime events in the area, but here’s a run-down in case you aren’t:

The annual Kla-Ha-Ya Days, held the week of July 17th this year. Did you know that this native word means “welcome”? This festival, which includes various events such as a 5K run and a car show, is the local welcome to summer! https://www.klahayadays.com/

Who likes live music? <raises hand enthusiastically> Head on down to Lake Tye Park any Friday in July at 7pm! The music is free, and there will be food trucks, as well as beer and margaritas for sale. https://events.time.ly/93cvc77?event=30223356

For those who don’t mind going further afield, check out the third Thursday art walk in downtown Edmonds, on Thursday, July 18th. This fun community event runs from 5-8pm, and many local artists and creatives display their work. And, plenty of food and wine for sale! (If you miss July, no worries: it’s the third Thursday of every month!) http://www.artwalkedmonds.com/

How did I not know about this… there’s a food truck festival in Everett? And, there’s an accompanying fun run, offering tastes of food along the way? I’m intrigued! If you are, as well, head toward the water on August 24th. https://www.liveineverett.com/yum

And, let’s not forget the weekly downtown Snohomish farmers’ market on Thursday evenings! (Held from 3-7pm.)

Get out this summer and try something new!