Bellingham drivers offered free vehicle leak inspections

Bellingham drivers will be able to receive free visual inspections for vehicle fluid leaks throughout the rest of April under a new program called “Don’t Drip and Drive.”

The program is designed in part to help cut environmental degradation caused by leaking vehicles.

“Leaking cars are not reliable, and no one wants to get stranded on their commute or on a road trip,” said Emily Johnson, the city’s environmental educator, in a press release. “A little maintenance up front can save a lot of trouble in the future.”

Drivers can take their vehicles to participating repair shops for a free and easy visual inspection (a diagnostic service valued at up to $80). The free inspection is especially recommended for vehicles that are 2005 models or earlier.

If there is a problem, the driver will receive a coupon for 10 percent off service (up to $50) to fix the problem, for a total savings of up to $130 between inspection and service. All participating technicians can be found at http://www.fixcarleaks.org/.

The city of Bellingham and Western Washington University are also offering a free leak check event to WWU parking permit holders on Wednesday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the university’s C and 12A parking lots.

Event volunteers will perform no-touch leak checks for those drivers who give them permission. A drip sheet will be left under the engine area of the car for 30 minutes, and then volunteers will leave a completed vehicle leak report card on the windshield to note if a leak was found.

Whatcom County participating repair shops

• Angler Automotive Inc, 2207 Valencia St Unit #111, Bellingham, WA, 360-738-1245http://www.anglerautomotive.com/, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

• Bellingham Automotive, 4116 Hannegan Rd, Bellingham, WA, 360-738-2909http://www.bellinghamautomotive.com/, 7:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Monday – Friday

• Rod’s Japanese Auto Care, 5292 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA, 360-398-2944http://www.japaneseautocare.com/, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, Saturday by appointment

• Pete’s Auto Repair, 6209 Portal Way, Ferndale, WA, 360-380-2277http://www.petesautorepair.net/, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

• Marlin’s Auto Service Inc, 899 E Pole Rd, Lynden, WA, 360-354-4976http://www.marlinsautoservice.com/, 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday

• Service Pro Inc, 208 Nooksack Ave, Nooksack, WA, 360-966-4664http://www.servicepronooksack.com/, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: April 16, 2013
The city of Bellingham has released an updated list of participating vendors, which has replaced the list originally reported in this article.

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