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.

2017 dates

Register for a class.

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

West Seattle Car Show Drop-In Leak Check Event

From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on August 26, Seattle Public Utilities and South Seattle College will be teaming up at the West Seattle Car Show. During event hours, we’ll be offering a free, 30-minute leak check from a certified auto instructor on a first come, first served basis. This unique program allows you to bring a vehicle to South Seattle’s Auto Tech garage facilities, get your vehicle up on a car lift, and receive a free leak and safety check. You’ll have the knowledge and confidence to visit your mechanic afterward, aware of what problems your individual vehicle may or may not have. 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! The Automotive Service Association (ASA) will be also hosting a "Lights on for Safety" event and performing exterior bulb checks and free replacement at the same time (in the auto program at the school). Email for further information or visit

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.