Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

Auto Leaks

Every year, oil and other automotive fluids find their way to Puget Sound and other waterways, hurting wildlife and habitat. Seattle Public Utilities’ Automotive Maintenance Program wants to help you make sound choices.

Free Auto Leaks workshops

Participate in our free Auto Leaks Workshop and learn from a Certified Automotive Instructor. Have your car inspected, learn where most leaks occur, how to fix them, and get a free Vehicle Maintenance Check Kit.

The following classes will be offered at South Seattle College from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. On May 13, we will be hosting a special Mother’s Day Weekend Leak Check Event. See details below.

2017 dates

  • March 18 (standard workshop)
  • April 15 (standard workshop)
  • May 13 (Mother's Day event)

Register for a class.

For questions contact the Seattle Public Utilities EPT Resource line at (206) 615-1222 or by email at

Mother's Day Weekend Leak Check Event

Has that special woman in your life noticed she might have a car leak? Would it help to have a free leak check from a Certified Automotive Instructor before taking that vehicle in for service? On May 13, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Seattle Public Utilities and South Seattle College will team up to host the first annual “Check Out Your Mom’s Car!” event. This unique program allows you to bring a vehicle to South Seattle’s Auto Tech garage facilities and receive a free, 30-minute leak and safety check. Get a free Vehicle Maintenance Check Kit for participating, along with coupons for car washing, car repair, and more. Donuts and coffee available while you wait! Email to schedule your 30-minute consultation.

Properly dispose of oil

Free oil pickup

Did you know that Seattle Public Utilities will pick up your oil for free? Place it in a one-gallon jug next to your recycling cart on collection day. Limit: two jugs per collection. See more ways to dispose of used motor oil.

More ways to recycle oil

The Department of Ecology has a Recycle Database, or call 1(800) RECYCLE line to find out more about where you can take used oil for recycling.