by Steve Guntli
The Pacific Northwest is entering its dark and rainy season, and it’s important to make sure you’re not driving with a dim bulb. Fortunately, some local technicians are here to help.
The Whatcom County unit of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) will be hosting the 41st annual Lights On Inspection on Saturday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members from the ASA, along with students from automotive classes at Bellingham Technical College, will provide complimentary checks on all exterior light bulbs and will replace any standard bulbs for free.
Nita Harksell with Pete’s Auto Repair in Ferndale said people have been neglecting their headlights more and more.
“A lot of newer cars don’t need to be brought in for oil changes or inspections as often as they used to be, so the bulbs aren’t being looked at as often as they should be,” she said.
In addition to checking headlights and brake lights, the inspectors will look at running lights and the often-overlooked license plates lights to make sure everything is sufficiently bright.
Volunteers will set up inspection stations in the parking lots of the Everson Elementary School at 216 Everson Goshen Road and Bellingham High School at 2020 Cornwall Avenue. Seattle Automotive and Bellingham’s NAPA Auto Parts branch have donated bulbs for the event. If the inspectors don’t have a certain type of bulb readily available, they will provide a rain check that can be redeemed at a local ASA shop throughout the month of October.
The inspectors won’t be able to repair any wiring or electrical issues, and they won’t be able to replace any high-end headlights, like LEDs or HIDs, unless the driver provides their own bulbs.
The inspections will be going on statewide, as part of Washington’s National Car Care Month. For more information, visit asanorthwest.com.