Auto Leaks

An oil leak is not only bad for your car: It also pollutes your local waterways.

Every year, oil and other automotive fluids find their way to Puget Sound and our local waterways, hurting wildlife and habitat. Seattle Public Utilities’ Automotive Maintenance Program wants to help you make sound choices. Does your car leak? Does it leave spots in your parking space? Want it inspected for FREE? Want to find out in one free class how to prevent and handle car leaks, and just how your car works? Want to jump start your car care knowledge? This workshop is for you!

Free Auto Leaks workshops – a $125 value

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.

  • Learn from a certified automotive instructor.
  • The 2-hour class includes basic automotive systems, maintenance and information about the impacts of leaks.
  • Each class participant has the option to stay up to 2 hours later to have their vehicle put on a lift and inspected by the class instructor.

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

2020 dates:

  • January 25, 2020
  • February 22, 2020
  • March 7, 2020
  • April 18, 2020

Register for a class.

We don’t make you a mechanic, but we give you smarts to best look after your car and have a conversation with your mechanic or do it yourself. Learn basic car care – like checking your oil and fluids – that can help you catch problems — like leaks — before they become big and expensive. Space is limited: ONLY 15 participants per session. Classes fill quickly, so register now! For questions contact the Seattle Public Utilities EPT Resource line at (206) 684-7624 or by email at

How to 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.