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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.

Why Is It Good To Rotate My Tires?

The importance of tire rotation

When you get your Tires Rotated, you are having your tires repositioned, like they’re trading spots. This allows them to wear more evenly. If you never get your Tires Rotated, each Tire will develop wear based on its position on your Vehicle, and you will have a need for Tire Replacement sooner. More importantly, if your Tires have uneven wear patterns, your car will have a harder time braking and steering in an emergency.

As you can see, not only does Tire Rotation extend the life of your Tires, but it also will give you a smoother, safer ride. The ability to brake and steer properly is very important! And, if your Tires last longer, you will save money!  If you don’t know how frequently you should have your Tires Rotated, give us a call at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

What’s The Best Way To Take Care Of My Car’s Engine?

How healthy is your engine? Don’t wait until it’s too late!

The Engine is the lifeblood of the Car. Without a functional Engine, your Vehicle will not get anywhere. Taking care of the Engine and performing Routine Engine Maintenance is extremely important, because an Engine Replacement is very expensive. What are some steps you can take to maintain your vehicle’s Engine?

Probably the most important, and easiest, way to care for your Engine is Routine Oil Changes. The oil keeps the Engine lubricated, and clean oil is free of particles which may gunk up the Engine. Further, changing Coolant on a routine basis protects your Engine from rotting from the inside out.

Something else which can keep your Engine healthy is Routine Filter Changes. Ideally, any substance that enters your Engine should be clean and particulate-free. This includes oil, air, fuel, and power steering fluid (in some vehicles). Routine changes of these filters will keep excessive particles out of your Engine.

At Daltons Midway, we are here to help you with Engine Maintenance, as well as maintaining the rest of your Vehicle! Call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

Happy Fifth Anniversary!

Us, at the beginning of our adventure. Just over five years ago, we were in Dubrovnik!

Five years ago today, Bruce Caruthers and Brooke Yool purchased Daltons Midway Service. While Bruce was a new business owner, he had an Auto Repair background; Brooke was (and still is) a college biology instructor who does marketing and assists with operations for Daltons Midway. When we purchased the shop, it was our goal to create community – community among our employees and among our customers. We wanted to make Daltons Midway a “Third Place” for both the Auto Geeks and the layperson, where everyone would feel comfortable chatting with our staff. Moreover, even if a customer knows nothing about Car Repair, we strive to maintain a non-intimidating environment, educating the customer rather than talking down to them. Five great years so far – here’s to five more, and five after that, and five after that… If you’re looking for a Good Auto Repair Shop Near You, call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

Time To Check Your Air Filters!

Ugh! This can clog your air filters!

Hey, Seattle! We just experienced an unprecedented bout of bad air blowing in from wildfires. Whether your Vehicle was driving or parked, some of the particles probably lodged in your Vehicle’s Air Filters. There are two important Air Filters: the Cabin Air Filter cleans the air that you breathe, and the Engine Air Filter cleans the air that your Car “breathes”. Both are important for your health as well as the longevity of your Vehicle! Air Filter Replacement is an important aspect of Vehicle Maintenance. At Daltons Midway, we are happy to replace your Air Filters! Just call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

The Importance Of Brake Pad Replacement

The Brake Pad on the right is in serious need of replacing! A new one is on the left.

What are Brake Pads? Brake Pads are a key component of your Vehicle’s Braking system which creates friction when you press the Brake Pedal, bringing your Vehicle to a stop. Over time, this friction causes the material of your Brake Pads to wear down, so they will need Routine Maintenance. Your frequency of Brake Pad Replacement will depend on how often, and how aggressively, you drive your car. This is why it’s important to have your Brakes checked as part of your Routine Maintenance. At Daltons Midway, we always say that being able to stop is one of the most important things to do! Get your Brakes checked with us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

Looking For Extended Warranty Work?

We do extended warranty work!

Do you have an Extended Warranty on your Vehicle? You may have purchased an Extended Warranty to continue coverage once your Manufacturer’s Warranty ran out, or to provide Auto Repair Coverage on your Used Car. Our customers have found that not all Auto Repair Shops can handle the paperwork for Extended Warranties, and will not do Extended Warranty work on a Vehicle. That’s why our customers love us at Daltons Midway! We are willing to work with your Vehicle’s Extended Warranty.  If you’re looking for a great Auto Mechanic Near You who will do Extended Warranty Work, call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

Back To School? Check Out That Car!

Daltons co-owner Brooke in front of Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, for whom she works remotely

“Back to school” may look different for many of us this year, but some of you may have a family member heading off to college with a New Car or a Used Car, far away from the security blanket of family. Make sure they’re safe! Before your graduate hits the road, a Vehicle Safety Inspection is a great idea. Make sure you have the Car Inspected with enough advance notice that Your Mechanic has time to complete any Auto Repairs! Give us a call to schedule your Vehicle Safety Inspection in Clearview: 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) anytime.

Even The Shop Needs Occasional Maintenance!

Keeping our lift in tip-top shape!

We do Car Repair and Maintenance. But in order to do so effectively, our tools need their own maintenance! At Daltons Midway, we routinely inspect our equipment to ensure that we provide Your Vehicle the best quality care. And when our equipment needs repair, we call on our local businesses to make sure everything is in perfect shape. This is important to us, so that we can provide you, our customer, with the best possible service. If you’re looking for a great Auto Mechanic Near You, call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.

Where Is My Carburetor?

Our team is skilled at working on Carburetors!

A Carburetor is a device which mixes air and fuel at the proper ratio before it enters the Engine. However, Carburetors are no longer found on Modern Cars, since Cars built after the mid-‘80s have transitioned to Fuel Injection systems. Both Carburetors and Fuel Injection perform the same basic role, but as emissions requirements changed, so did fuel systems in cars.

Do you drive an Older Car that still has a Carburetor? Are you having trouble finding a shop that will work on your Carburetor? Come to us at Daltons Midway – we have both the training and tools for Older Cars! If you have any questions, call us at 360-688-7111, or stop by 16326 State Route 9 (at 164th) in Clearview anytime.