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December Anniversaries: Earning Trust and Thriving in Milwaukie

Known as the “Dogwood City of the West“, Milwaukie, Ore., was home to largest andOil Can Henry's - Milwaukie, Ore. oldest dogwood tree in the United States until 1962.\n\nThat year, a massive Columbus Day windstorm ravaged the Pacific Northwest and caused significant damage to the tree, which had soared 65 feet high and spread 50 feet. When it was determined that the tree couldn’t be saved, community leaders chose to continue it’s legacy by bestowing “official city tree” status another dogwood in the area.\n\nThis dogwood tale is emblematic of Milwaukie and the community’s ability weather the recession. The city, a short seven miles south of Portland, has employed hard work and persistence to create a thriving business community that today includes household names such as Bob’s Red Mill, Dark Horse Comics, Dave’s Killer Bread, and Warn Industries.\n\nOil Can Henry’s-Milwaukie has proudly served this vibrant community for almost a quarter century (we opened our doors on December 14, 1999) and truly appreciate the loyal following of drivers who trust us to help their vehicles run better and last longer.\n\nOur Milwaukie center is one of 12 celebrating December anniversaries. Our congratulations also go to:\n

Get in Tune with Our Spark Plug Replacement Service

Spark Plug Replacement ServiceDoes your vehicle have more than 50,000 miles? Have you noticed a decrease in gas mileage or engine performance?\n\nIf you answered “yes” to either of these questions, it may be time to replace your spark plugs.\n\nWorn or fouled spark plugs can cause a decrease in fuel economy and throttle response, an increase in emissions and, if they’re misfiring, trigger your Check Engine light.\n\nReplacing spark plugs at the correct intervals can help prevent these problems.\n\nClick here to watch a brief informational video and get a coupon to SAVE $10 through November 30, 2013.

Congrats to Our Free Oil Change Winners!

Oil Can Henry's 35th Anniversary SweepstakesOil Can Henry’s is celebrating 35 years of trust with 35 days of prizes, including a Trip for Two to the 2014 Rose Bowl!\n\nWe’re drawing a winner every day. So, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win. Click here to enter.\n\nCongratulations to the first six winners of a FREE Famous 20-Point Full-Service Oil Change:\n

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  • Christopher P. of Olympia, OR
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  • Dustin M. of Beaverton, OR
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  • Dennis S. of Grants Pass, OR
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  • Ron S. of Salem, OR
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  • Milton G. of Yelm, WA
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  • Ryan C. of Corvallis, OR
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\nWe’ll draw our $350 gas card winner this Wednesday.\n\nGood luck!

Is Your Vehicle Winterized? Check These 9 Things to Be Sure

Winter DrivingWinter is just around the corner, so it’s a good idea to take a little time now and make sure your vehicle is ready for the cold, and sometimes treacherous, driving conditions ahead.\n\n“You can save money and avoid dangerous winter breakdowns by properly maintaining your vehicle,” explains Don Weber, Vice President of Operations for Oil Can Henry’s. Specifically, Weber recommends checking your vehicle’s:\n

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  • Antifreeze. Over time, antifreeze breaks down and loses its ability to protect your engine against corrosion. If it has been diluted by water, it can lose its freeze and overheat protection. Check your vehicle manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and replace the antifreeze when it’s due. At the very least, have the freeze protection checked.
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  • Battery. It’s a good idea to carry jumper cables, but it makes sense to check the condition of your battery and replace it if needed. Also check the battery terminals and cables to ensure the connection is tight and remove any corrosion.
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  • Belts. Check your drive belts for cracks or fraying. Many of the newer multi-rib serpentine belts don’t show obvious signs of wear, so it’s best to replace them at the mileage recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
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  • Headlights. About 80% of driving decisions are based on visibility. So, make sure both headlights are operational and providing sufficient light. If a headlight is burned out, replace it. If your vehicle has acrylic headlight lenses that have become hazy or yellowed, have them cleared with a Headlight Restoration service to increase visibility and light output.
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  • Hoses. Check your cooling system hoses for cracks or leaks and for loose clamps.
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  • Oil. Use the proper oil for your vehicle and follow the oil change schedule recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Using the incorrect cold weather viscosity can decrease gas mileage and cause excessive engine wear during startup.
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  • Tires. Check the condition and pressure of your tires. Improperly inflated tires are unsafe and can reduce fuel economy.
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  • Windshield Wash. If you live in a cold climate, make sure your windshield wash fluid doesn’t freeze by switching to a winterized fluid that provides freeze protection appropriate to your area.
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  • Wiper Blades. Wiper blades wear out, so consider replacing them every six months or as needed.
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\nYou can do all of this yourself, or you can visit your local Oil Can Henry’s, relax in the comfort of your vehicle and enjoy a complimentary newspaper as our trained technicians take care of it for you.\n\nMost Oil Can Henry’s service centers provide a free battery test as part of your service. Need a new battery? We proudly sell and install quality Interstate Batteries.\n\nAs part of your oil change service, most Oil Can Henry’s service centers will also test the condition of your antifreeze to ensure it’s adequately protecting your engine. If it’s time for new antifreeze ask about our Cooling System Flushwhich replaces 100% of the old antifreeze. A radiator drain and fill, in comparison, replaces just a fraction of the old fluid.\n\nSafe motoring this winter from your friends at Oil Can Henry’s!

Setting the Standard for Superior Service in College Place

Sid West, center, accepts the 2012 John E. Shepanek Standards of Excellence Award from John E. Shepanek (right) and C.E.O. Chris Shepanek.
Sid West (center) accepts the 2012 John E. Shepanek Standards of Excellence award from John E. Shepanek (right) and Chris Shepanek.
\n\nAt Oil Can Henry’s, we’re committed to earning our customers’ lasting trust by providing quality service that’s quick, convenient, thorough, and a great value.\n\nAll our local center owners and their teams of friendly, trained technicians work hard each and every day to provide customers with a superior service experience.\n\nNonetheless, it takes a particularly stellar and sustained effort to earn the John E. Shepanek Standards of Excellence award.\n\nNamed for retired Oil Can Henry’s Chairman John E. Shepanek, whose relentless focus on providing a superior service experience to each and every customer has fueled Oil Can Henry’s success, the John E. Shepanek Standards of Excellence award represents the ultimate honor an Oil Can Henry’s center can earn.\n\nSid West, owner of the Oil Can Henry’s center in College Place, WA (just west of Walla Walla), proudly accepted the honor from John E. Shepanek and Oil Can Henry’s C.E.O. Chris Shepanek at the 2013 Oil Can Henry’s Franchise Meeting.\n\n”Sid and his incredible team set a high standard that we can all strive to achieve,” Chris Shepanek said. “We’re proud of their effort and the superior, personalized service they provide, and we’re pleased to recognized them with this special award.”\n\nCongratulations to Sid and his entire College Place team — who are also celebrating six years of service to Walla Walla drivers this month — on the well-deserved honor!\n\nAnd, congratulations to the seven other Oil Can Henry’s centers celebrating October anniversaries:\n