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Ever seen a broken-down car abandoned on the side of the road? If so, there’s a very good chance the vehicle’s mechanical breakdown was due to an overheated engine.

It’s true that an overheated engine can be one of the most detrimental and costly damages to your vehicle — but because your auto cooling system is responsible for keeping the temperature of your car, truck or SUV’s engine down, regular service and maintenance can prevent this problem from occurring in the first place.

Flush & Fill

A cooling system flush and fill ensures your coolant is doing its job as correctly and efficiently as possible. Filling your car’s engine with new coolant will not only clear out any excess dirt or debris in your cooling system’s water pump or radiator hoses — it also helps prevent corrosion, slows internal engine and radiator rust, and keeps your cooling system running longer and at maximum capacity.

Radiator Pressure Test

Have you been noticing leaks from underneath your vehicle? If the liquid is brightly colored (usually green, orange or pink), there’s a good chance your radiator is leaking coolant. A radiator pressure test is a great way to help pinpoint where your coolant is leaking from and protect your internal engine against damaging corrosion.

Radiator Replacement

Although there are ways to keep your radiator running smoothly for tens of thousands of miles (see our radiator flush and fill and coolant pressure test above!), Colony Tire does offer radiator replacement service in the event that your radiator becomes corroded beyond repair. If at all possible, we’ll do our best to fix any problem you may be experiencing, such as a clogged radiator core or low engine coolant, without full replacement.


At Colony Tire, our NC and VA mechanics recommend having your vehicle’s cooling system routinely serviced and maintained every two years or every 30,000 miles.

If it’s time to schedule service for a coolant flush and fill or other related service, please call Colony Tire today — we have dozens of auto shop locations throughout North Carolina and Virginia, and we’d be happy to help you find the one closest to you!