Car leaks? How to not be a drip (from your car, that is)

It’s summertime once again. That exciting time of year when many people take road trips with family and friends. But wait! Before you hit the road, is your car road ready?  Does it drip?

A leaky car isn’t a reliable car.  Whether you’re on your daily commute or road trip on a vacation, a little car maintenance could save you a lot of hassle – and money.

Each little drip may seem insignificant on its own, but together they add up to a river of oil entering our waterways each year.

The Washington Department of Ecology estimates that 7 million quarts of motor oil from leaks from cars and trucks is released into the Puget Sound basin every year. Think about it, 7 million quarts of oil wasted each year! When it rains, stormwater picks up and carries these toxic chemicals into storm drains and from there into streams, lakes and Puget Sound. Oil and other petroleum products can harm wildlife and habitat.

The good news is that you can be part of the solution. Check out Dr. Drip’s Tips  for keeping your car leak –free and learn how to properly maintain your vehicle.

You can also jump start your car care knowledge by attending a free auto leaks inspection workshop at South Seattle college. Certified instructors will inspect your car and tell you if it’s leaking and what you can do about it. They’ll also show you what to check under the hood and how to check it. Sign up at: www.fixcarleaks.org

Finding and fixing vehicle leaks is a great way to make your car last longer and protect the environment. It is a win-win. You save Money and Puget Sound.


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