Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More Home Page This Department

Car Tips

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.

Properly Maintain Your Automobile: Fix leaks and dispose of oil properly.

Free Auto Leaks Workshops

Help keep oil and other fluid leaks from your car from harming our local waterways and wildlife.

Join the experts at South Seattle Community College for a free auto leaks class. Have your car inspected, learn where most leaks occur, how to fix them and get an oil spill cleanup kit.

The following classes will be offered at South Seattle Community College 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2015 Dates

  • January 17, 2015
  • February 21, 2015

Sign-up for a class by completing a registration form (docx) and email it to

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

Car Tips Brochures

English (pdf)
Chinese (pdf)
Spanish (pdf)
Vietnamese (pdf)

Other Resources

Seattle Public Utilities Look It Up Tool – How to dispose of used motor oil.

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