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Cars Need Exercise, Too!

Is your car getting enough exercise?

Have you been working from home for the past several months? Or just staying at home a lot? Maybe you’ve been getting some more exercise. In case you didn’t know, your Vehicle needs exercise, too! Just like we need to keep our joints and fluids moving, a Vehicle needs to keep its fluids moving, too. Plus, routine drives are good to keep your Car Battery Charged. Even if it’s just once a week, go on a nice drive – it’s good for Routine Vehicle Maintenance! But if your Vehicle ever gives off warning signs, know that we’re here for you at Daltons Midway: call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

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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.

2021 Goals

Oops! But mistakes mean we’re doing new things!

For our first post of this new year, I’d like to share content written by my former bandmate Tameem Bakkar (shared with his permission), which really resonates with us: I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. See you all in 2021! Happy New Year!!

Merry Christmas, Daltons Midway Family!

We wish you the best holiday season yet!

Daltons family — it’s been quite the year, but there’s no reason that we can’t make the best of what we have! We truly appreciate all of you for continuing to be great customers and bringing us new business, since that’s what’s kept us alive during these challenging times. May your cocoa be hot and your stockings be full!

We’ll be taking a few days off for the holiday (we will be closed on the 24th, the 25th, and the 1st), but we’ll see you again next year — or any of the days in between — for your Car Repair needs!

Uh oh. Car won’t start.

How’s your car battery doing?

It’s a few days before Christmas, and you need to finish your shopping. (Thank goodness for online shopping?) You head out to your car, mask in hand, and… oh no! Nothing happens when you turn the key except for a sputtering sound.

Many of us have been working from home the past several months, and Your Car likely has not gotten out that much. Just like your body needs routine exercise, Your Car does, as well! If Your Car has not been started in several weeks, Your Car Battery may have lost its charge. We are happy to take a look at Your Car Battery at Daltons Midway! Come check in with us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

Winter Is Coming… Is Your Coolant and Washer Fluid Ready?

It’s nearly winter!

Have you noticed the chill in the air? We may be able to safely bundle up with our parkas and our peppermint mochas, but are your Car Fluids prepared to keep you safe in winter?

In case you weren’t aware, there are different blends of Wiper Fluid to use, depending on the season. In the winter, it is important to use Wiper Fluid which contains antifreeze, to prevent hoses from cracking. It also won’t freeze immediately upon hitting your cold Windshield! We don’t use this Wiper Fluid during the warmer months, since it is more expensive. Also, if you have significant water added in your Coolant, now is a good time for a Coolant Service, to ensure that your Coolant will not freeze over the next few months, which could result in Engine Damage.

One more winter tip: your Car Battery can lose up to half of its capability in cold weather, so make sure it’s not too old! If you have concerns about Winter Fluids or your Car Battery, give us a call at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

Christmas Gifts For Your Car

Your Car deserves a Merry Christmas, too!

‘Tis the season! And while you’re buying gifts for those around you, why not include your car on your gift list, considering all that it does for you?

If you don’t already own them, we recommend a good set of Jumper Cables for your Car. Make sure the cables are long enough that you can functionally connect the two cars.

Your Car will thank you many times over if you invest in a Windshield Sun Shade. Yes, even up here in the upper left corner of the map, we sometimes get intense sun! Your Car’s Dash takes a beating from UV rays. Keep your dash protected!

While we don’t get snow here very often, a big snowstorm can be a hassle for both Driver and Car. A good quality snow brush will serve you well. Find one that is sturdy and long enough to efficiently brush off the snow, but also gentle enough that it won’t scratch your car’s paint.

Speaking of Protecting Your Car, another great gift would be a bucket full of high-quality cleaning items, such as sponges, leather cleaner, and protectants. If you Love Your Car, you want it to last a long time! Having the proper tools at hand makes Car Care that much easier.

And, lastly, feel free to show Your Car some love by letting us look it over at Daltons Midway. We can keep it running smoothly! Give us a call at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

We Are Grateful, Daltons Midway Family!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It may sound cliché, but this year, more than ever, we appreciate the support from you, our customer “family”! Every single one of you – from those who do Routine Vehicle Maintenance (you get gold stars!) to those of you who stop by when your Car is on its “last tires” – we love you, one and all.

Looking forward to a fantastic final month of the year, and a strong 2021 – thanks to our Great Customers!

What Are Important Parts of Preventive Maintenance?

Are you scheduling your vehicle’s routine maintenance appointments?

Just like we try to do with our health, taking steps to Prevent Car Problems before they happen is an often-overlooked step! There may be some initial investment of time and money to Maintain Your Car, but the investment is usually worth it to Prevent Costly Repairs in the future.


Here are a few routine items to maintain in your Vehicle. Every couple of months, check to make sure that your Tires are properly inflated. You should check your Tires more often if you drive a lot, or if you drive through extreme temperature changes. Oil and other fluids (Automatic Transmission, Power Steering Fluid, Windshield Wiper Fluid) should be checked or changed per your Vehicle’s Maintenance Schedule. You should also have someone check to make sure your Hoses and Battery Cables look intact at least once a year, especially before going into any extreme weather. And, of course, if any unusual lights come on the dash, such as the Check Engine Light, please get that checked out as soon as you can!


At Daltons Midway, we love to help our customers prevent future problems so that your Vehicle is always reliable! For your Preventive Maintenance needs, give us a call at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

New Website! New Online Scheduling Feature!

Our shiny new website design, with online scheduling!

Have you heard the news? Daltons Midway Service has entered the 21st century! We now have an option for Online Appointment Scheduling. If you would like to Schedule An Appointment for your Vehicle, it’s easy! Simply go to our website, http://www.DaltonsMidway.com/, click on the green button, and follow the instructions.

For those who prefer to schedule the old-fashioned way, we have not changed that, and do not plan to! Give us a call at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

How To Make The Most Of Your (Used Car) Test Drive

When shopping around for a used car, make sure you’re thoroughly checking it out!

How do you make a decision when Buying A Used Car? Too many people decide to buy a car because it looks cute, or the cup holders are in a convenient location. While these are nice features, it’s much more important to know that you are Buying A Dependable Car.

If you are lucky enough to have some open space while you’re on your Test Drive, such as a large parking lot, try wiggling the steering wheel. Is the steering loose or tight? Another thing to try, as long as no one’s around, is a quick application of the Emergency Brake, to make sure that it functions well. Additionally, check to make sure that both the heater and the Air Conditioning work at full capacity.

This is just the beginning of a checklist for a Used Car Test Drive. Interested in more ideas? Give us a call at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

Buying a Used Car? The Importance of Pre-Purchase Inspection!

What’s this vehicle’s history?

When you are buying a Used Vehicle, you might not know what you’re getting. In fairness, the Vehicle may have had many previous owners, and the current owner may not know the Complete History Of The Vehicle!

At Daltons Midway, we highly recommend Pre-Purchase Inspection for any Used Vehicle. It’s better to invest a small amount of money to ensure that there are no hidden problems, than to buy the car and be stuck with all of its previous problems that you didn’t see. We are happy to help you out with a Pre-Purchase Inspection! Give us a call at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.