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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.

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!

Tips For Improving Gas Mileage

Happy unofficial beginning of summer! With warmer weather on tap, a road trip might be on your mind! I know I’m always up for a good drive: I’ll bring some good tunes, some good snacks, and – hopefully – some sunny weather! Another thing you might be considering is optimizing your fuel economy. Whether you’re heading out for a road trip, or just a trip down the road to Costco, we all want to get the most out of what we pay for our fuel. So, what are a few simple tricks to make sure our gas mileage is the best it can be?

Check Your Tire Pressure

Are your tires inflated to their proper pressure? If not, an under-inflated tire takes more fuel to move. Even if your tires look fine upon visual inspection, it’s a good idea to use a gauge to make sure everything’s good before heading out on a long drive.

Don’t Use Your A/C When You Don’t Need It

Using air conditioning asks more of the engine, which creates more work, and uses more fuel. Of course, if you’re driving mid-summer, find a balance between fuel economy and personal comfort!

Get Rid Of The Extra Junk In That Trunk

Extra weight consumes extra fuel when moving the car. Yes, on a road trip, you want to bring stuff! Just don’t bring your whole house.

Make Sure You Have Routine Oil Changes Performed

Clean oil means that you no longer have dirty oil running through the engine. A cleaner engine performs more efficiently!

Watch Your Speed

I almost didn’t mention this one… ha ha… but unfortunately, high speeds – and too many fast starts – can consume more fuel.

Come on by Daltons for any or all of the above! (Well… maybe not ridding of the junk in the trunk. But engine tune-ups and oil changes! Anything that helps you get on the road and enjoy life!)

Simple Ways To Keep Your Car Smelling Great

We use and abuse our cars so much, tracking in dirt, leaves, and… who knows what. Then, one day, you notice an odor that not even those tree-shaped air fresheners can fight. What to do? Here are a few tips to try to get your car smelling fresh again! (Alas, no tips to return your car back to factory “new car” smell…)

Dryer Sheets

You may have some of these lying around at home – fabric softener dryer sheets. Stick a few of these under the seats, and that may take care of things!

Remember To Regularly Remove Trash

This goes without saying, right? Especially trash which may be food-based. You may find that simply disposing of the trash that’s been sitting in your car will nicely freshen things up!

Coffee Beans

Place some coffee beans in a mesh bag, and set them in the car. The beans absorb odors, and they smell nice! Just don’t blame me if you have more Starbucks cravings than normal.

Baking Soda

This entails a little more effort, but hey, it gets the job done, especially on fabric upholstery. Sprinkle baking soda around the interior of the car, and let it sit several hours. Then, vacuum it up, after it has absorbed (hopefully!) unwanted odors. For an additional fragrance boost, add a few drops of fragranced oil to the baking soda and mix it around before sprinkling in the car!

Try these out! Do any of you have suggestions for deodorizing your car? Share them here!

Tips For Driving With Your Pet In Your Vehicle

Dog

For some of us, a road trip just isn’t a road trip without our furry friends. However, you want to make it fun and safe for everyone involved. Here’s how:

  • We need to take breaks every few hours (or less), so it makes  sense that they do, as well! Give your pet some time to walk around, do their business (abiding by appropriate laws, of course), and get a snack and water!
  • Make sure, however, that their paws aren’t exposed to hot or cold surfaces for too long. Remember that we have shoes to protect our feet, and our pets do not!
  • Do you have a bigger truck or SUV? Might your pet need help climbing into your vehicle? Consider investing in a ramp, or a step, that they can take to climb in easily.
  • Also, don’t travel with your dog in the back of your pickup truck – many dogs have been injured jumping or falling out.
  • Finally, please never leave your pet locked in your car, especially during the warmer summer days. The interior of your vehicle will turn into an oven, and it can become quite harmful for your pet.

Lastly, before you set off on that big adventure, if your pet isn’t used to travel, get them acclimated by taking a handful of short drives, first. After that, you should be good to go for adventure!