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Bellevue asks drivers to not 'drip and drive'

Bellevue drivers can get their vehicles checked free for leaks by participating repair shops during the month of April as part of a new regional program called “Don’t Drip and Drive.”

The free inspection (valued at up to $80) is especially recommended for 2005 or older vehicles. If there is a problem with the vehicle, 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 are members of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) to ensure they meet ASA standards of quality.

During March, city of Bellevue and Boeing employees participated in a pilot program. Of 80 cars tested at the city of Bellevue, five leaks were detected. Of 911 cars tested at Boeing, 100 leaks were detected.

“Dripping fluids cause environmental and safety issues, as well as affecting vehicle longevity and reliability,” said Bellevue Stream Team Program Administrator Laurie Devereaux.

The following repair shops in Bellevue are offering free visual inspections during April:

Bodyworks Auto Rebuild, 425-883-3100, 12882 Northup Way;

Auto Dynamix, 425-283-5766, 13245 NE 20th St.

Strictly BMW Independent Service, 425-747-6044, 2111 140th Ave. NE

Eastside Autoworks, 425-746-0162, 12404 SE 38th St.

Bellevue Auto Electric, 425-747-6800, 14320 NE 21st St., #5

Autohaus Vick, 425-644-7100, 14121 NE 24th St

Eastside Transmission, 425-455-1144, 13818 NE 16th St.

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