Vehicle Service & Maintenance
By employing proper procedures during repair and maintenance, vehicle storage, waste handling and cleaning, your business or facility can help to prevent these harmful contaminants from polluting our waters.
What can YOU do?
Repair and Maintenance Activities
- Perform all repairs and maintenance in an indoor garage or vehicle maintenance area whenever possible.
- If it is necessary to work outdoors, always use tarps and drip pans beneath the vehicle to catch spills and drips.
- Always use a funnel when pouring liquids, and use a drip pan under a vehicle when unclipping hoses, unscrewing filters and removing other parts that might leak. This keeps splatters and drips off the shop floor.
- Clean up vehicle fluids with rags or other absorbent materials immediately.
Vehicle and Equipment Storage
- Store idle equipment under cover.
- Inspect vehicles and heavy equipment for leaks on a regular basis, particularly those parked or stored long-term. Use a drip pan underneath leaking vehicles and heavy equipment.
- Drain all fluids, including unused gasoline, engine oil, transmission and hydraulic oil, brake and radiator fluid and air conditioning coolant, from wrecked vehicles and “part cars.”
Material and Waste Handling
- Do not pour liquid waste into floor drains, sinks or into any sanitary sewer connection, and do not dispose of liquid waste to a stormwater drain, drainage ditch or surface water.
- Recycle grease, used oil and oil filters, antifreeze, cleaning solutions, automotive batteries, hydraulic fluids and transmission fluids. Collect and store these recyclable materials separately and contract with a recycling service for pickup.
- Place oil filters in a funnel over a waste oil recycling drum and allow to drain for at least 24 hours before recycling or disposing.
- Store batteries upright in a contained and covered place indoors. Place cracked or leaking batteries in a non-leaking secondary container and dispose of properly at recycling or household hazardous waste facilities.
Cleaning and Good Housekeeping Practices
- Keep work areas, tools and equipment clean and orderly. Ensure that oil and grease do not accumulate.
- Use cloth rags to clean up small drips and spills. A permitted laundry can wash reusable cloth rags.
- For larger spills, apply absorbent materials, such as absorbent granules, socks and pads. Absorbents should be cleaned up promptly, bagged and placed in the trash.
- Switch to the use of non-toxic or less toxic chemicals for maintenance and cleaning whenever possible.