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Update: "Don't Drip and Drive" campaign comes to Bellingham

Posted: April 16, 2013 2:18:59 PM PDT

This news release contains minor updates and an updated list of participating vendors.

Free inspections and discounted solutions encourage drivers to “Fix That Leak” in April. Vehicle leaks can cause havoc for drivers and the environment, but a new program called “Don’t Drip and Drive” puts Western Washington residents in the driver’s seat for finding an affordable fix, including drivers right here in Bellingham. During the month of April, drivers can make an appointment with a participating repair shop for a free and easy visual inspection. 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. All participating technicians can be found at and are members of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) to ensure they meet ASA’s standards of quality.

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

Emily Johnson, Environmental Educator for the City of Bellingham, highlighted a few reasons why this service offers real value to the average driver in the community. “Leaking cars are not reliable, and no one wants to get stranded on their commute or on a road trip. A little maintenance up front can save a lot of trouble in the future."

Johnson continued, “Many of us may not realize our car is leaking. Finding and fixing leaks early can help keep our cars running longer and save us costly repairs down the road." Studies show that 67 percent of drivers who find a leak will fix it, so Johnson noted this program is really about arming people with the information to make smart choices for their families’ budget and well-being.

Protecting Puget Sound is also a key part of “Don’t Drip and Drive.” Not only does solving vehicle leaks help families care for their cars, over the long run, it also is good for our environment.

To take advantage of the free visual inspection for vehicle leaks, call one of these participating ASA repair shops in April. There are locations all around the region:

• Angler Automotive Inc, 2207 Valencia St Unit #111, Bellingham, WA, 360-738-1245,, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

• Bellingham Automotive, 4116 Hannegan Rd, Bellingham, WA, 360-738-2909,, 7:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Monday - Friday

• Rod's Japanese Auto Care, 5292 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA, 360-398-2944,, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday by appointment

• Pete's Auto Repair, 6209 Portal Way, Ferndale, WA, 360-380-2277,, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

• Marlin's Auto Service Inc, 899 E Pole Rd, Lynden, WA, 360-354-4976,, 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday

• Service Pro Inc, 208 Nooksack Ave, Nooksack, WA, 360-966-4664,, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday

For more information, visit


Media Contact:
Emily Johnson, Environmental Educator
City of Bellingham Public Works
(360) 778-7970

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