Summer vehicle repairs can be costly; North Royalton mechanic says pay attention to gauges

Driving habits play a role in preventing repairs

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio - Driving in this summer heat can quickly take its toll on your vehicle. That's why it so important that you follow the maintenance schedule listed in your vehicle's owner's manual.

Motorists must also stay keenly aware of the warning lights on the dashboard of their car.

Tony Zappitelli, owner of the Automotive Workshop in North Royalton, told NewsChannel5 too many drivers don't keep their eyes and ears open for the warning signs.

"One of the things is keep an eye on that temperature gauge while they're driving," Zappitelli said. "A lot of people over look it and don't realize that they're having a cooling issue if the temperature is going up."

Zappitelli urges drivers to know where the power steering fluid, radiator reservoir, engine oil and transmission fluid dipsticks are located under the hood.

"It's important to check all fluids regularly and keep an eye out for leaks coming from your vehicle," Zappitelli said. "If you don't know how to check your fluids, then have a qualified mechanic do the job for you."

Zappitelli said the brakes on your car are another key system that needs your attention.

"If you have a low pedal that's a good indication that there's a problem," Zappitelli said. "Get your car into the shop and get your brakes looked at. On an average, most cars will go 30,000 to 50,000 miles for brakes, depending how you drive."

And finally, motorists need to realize driving habits can play a role in how much they spend for annual maintenance.

"If you're an erratic driver that can cause more tire wear and brake problems," Zappitelli said. "Erratic driving is hard on your engine and transmission, and it could cause a potential problem."

More summer auto maintenance advice can be found on this website: http://bit.ly/a5RzId

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