Keep Your Engine Running Cool

Have you ever felt helpless while stranded on the side of the road with your vehicle hood up and your vehicle steaming? Has your vehicle ever not started in the dead of winter because the fluid in your engine was frozen? Not fun.


A properly functioning cooling system circulates antifreeze/coolant through the engine and radiator, helping reduce heat levels produced by your vehicle’s engine. When your vehicle’s cooling system isn’t functioning properly, the temperature of your engine can get hot enough to damage itself. Heads can warp. Gaskets can blow. Your engine can fail. And all of those can be costly repairs. Getting an inspection and antifreeze/coolant flush and fill can save you a lot of money on repairs and time spent on the side of the road.  The experts at Cliff’s Car Tech want to help you be proactive in maintaining your cooling System so you won’t find yourself reacting to a costly catastrophe.

Cooling System Flush and Fill

An antifreeze/coolant flush and fill at regular intervals can help prevent overheating, freezing and premature cooling-system corrosion. A coolant service starts with an examination of your radiator and engine cooling system. Then, old antifreeze/coolant is removed from your radiator and engine, flushed to remove any debris that has accumulated and settled and replaced with new antifreeze/coolant per your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.Your engine temperature is maintained by the flow of anti-freeze, more commonly referred to as coolant. Over time, coolant breaks down and loses its efficiency. Ultimately, neglecting basic cooling system and radiator maintenance can lead your vehicle’s engine to overheat creating the potential for major engine or radiator repairs down the road. Because the radiator is responsible for cooling the antifreeze as it circulates throughout the cooling system, a leak or a broken radiator hose can also lead to major engine failure. Before we do a coolant flush our experts will perform an inspection of the cooling system, and will check the cooling fan for damage and the fan belt for cracks.

A coolant flush pushes anti-freeze through your cooling system in order to do a complete cleanse by clearing out all of the old anti-freeze and any contaminants that have built up. When you get a coolant flush, all of the old anti-freeze is evacuated from your system, ensuring that when we put new anti-freeze in, it won’t mix with the old.

Every make and model of vehicle is different, and consequently is on a varied maintenance schedule. Check your owner’s manual to see when it’s time for your vehicle to receive a coolant flush. Usually this flush needs to be performed once a year. If it has been over a year since your vehicle has received a coolant flush, call Cliff’s Today.


Signs or Symptoms Your Vehicle Needs a Cooling System Flush 

  • Temperature gauge fluctuates between normal and hot or reads lower than normal.
  • Antifreeze/coolant pooling under the vehicle
  • Heater Isn’t Working
  • Grinding sounds coming from the engine area
  • Visible rust and/or scaling in the antifreeze/coolant*
  • Steam and/or hot maple syrup-like smell coming from under the hood