Automotive Maintenance and Car Care

Do you change your motor oil every 3,000 miles or less? According to the “Check Your Number” Campaign sponsored by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), automakers now recommend oil changes at 5,000, 7,000 or even 10,000 miles for some vehicle models. By changing your vehicles motor oil only when it’s needed, you can save money and time while doing your part to save millions of gallons of oil from being wasted in California.

To determine the recommended oil change intervals for your vehicle, check your owner’s manual or visit

Working on cars is a messy business. Special care is needed to properly manage materials and fluids in order to keep work areas clean. Follow these steps to ensure a safe environment and prevent stormwater pollution.  

Automotive Repair, Requirements

  • Protect work and storage areas from rainfall and runoff
  • Use a funnel and drip pan to avoid spills. If spills occur, clean up promptly and completely to avoid staining
  • Keep absorbent or a spill kit on-site to allow for prompt clean-up of spills

Vehicle and Equipment Washing

  • Vehicle wash and rinse water may be directed to the storm drain if soap specified for car washing is used. Steam cleaning residue and other chemicals are forbidden from entering the storm drain system


  • Automotive fluids including oil, gasoline, antifreeze, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power-steering fluid, etc. must be recycled or properly disposed of as hazardous waste
  • Implement a recycling program to recycle automotive fluids, batteries, metals and parts