As you stroll Spokane’s wonderful Riverfront Park district, you can still see vestiges of the 1974 World’s Fair that helped transform the city’s downtown by attracting more than 5.2 million visitors and pumping about $150 million into the local economy.\n\nFast forward 34 years to 2008, when Spokane residents Bob and Barb Davisson opened the first Oil Can Henry’s center in the “Lilac City”. The Davisson’s thriving center may be seven miles from Riverfront Park but its location in front of the Wandermere Fred Meyer on Division Street has proven extremely popular.\n\nBob, Barb and their crew of friendly, trained technicians quickly won over local drivers and paved the way for three more Oil Can Henry’s centers in the area — 411 S. Thor Street, 5220 W. Lowell Avenue, and 124 W. Hanley Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. So, no matter where you find yourself in Spokane, there’s likely an Oil Can Henry’s nearby.\n\nOur congratulations to Bob, Barb and their crew on five great years in Spokane and to the other eight Oil Can Henry’s celebrating July anniversaries:\n
I was so impressed with the service that I had to write you guys. I know people are more likely to spend the time to complain than to compliment.\n\nI have never been to Oil Can Henry’s before. I needed an oil change but with my elderly mom with Parkinsons and my 15-month old daughter, I didn’t want to sit at the dealership for hours. I also didn’t want my daughter to have to run around a dirty repair shop (where the waiting room consists of a gross coffee pot and the extra row seating pulled out of a van for guest seats). I looked up “oil change” in my area and your name popped up. I recalled that the buildings always looked cute and clean when I drive by, so I figured it would be a good place to try.\n\nI pulled up to a very pleasant man who told me I got to stay in the car with the kids and mom, and then handed us a paper and asked if we needed anything else to be comfy while we waited just a few minutes for the car ahead of us to be done. They offered services but didn’t pressure me to buy or act like my car was in desperate need of repair.\n\nThe guys worked together like a NASCAR pit crew. Everyone was sooo friendly…..and I mean they seemed down right happy to be working. They joked around with us. My mom, who hasn’t driven in years, said she wishes she could buy a car so she could get oil changes there. My 14-year old son said, “Whoa….that was impressive service! I was dreading going with you to the car shop, but that was actually FUN!”\n\nLater that night, I told my husband I had a new man in my life and his name was Henry. LOL. My husband is ready to take the other two cars there. Yeah….its a few bucks more than other places, but the extra few bucks is gladly spent to avoid the frustration. The only thing better would be a donut and a pedicure while my car gets done. So impressed.\n\n~ Anne L.
\n\nThe recent cold snap – including a chilly 35 degrees in Los Angeles – is a good reminder to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving conditions.\n\nDuring a recent television appearance, “The Car Coach” Lauren Fix shared valuable tips to help ensure you don’t find yourself stranded on the side of the road this winter.\n\nNoting that 9 out of 10 vehicles on the road have something wrong with them, Fix emphasized the importance of proactively maintaining your vehicle. She specifically recommends checking your vehicle’s:\n
Battery. It’s a good idea to carry jumper cables, but it makes a lot more sense to check the condition of your battery and replace it if needed.
Coolant. Over time, coolant breaks down and loses its ability to protect your engine against freezing and overheating.
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.
Oil. Use the proper oil for your vehicle and follow the oil change schedule recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
Wiper Blades. Wiper blades wear out, so Fix recommends changing them every six months and, if you live in a cold climate, using winter blades this time of year.
Tires. Check the condition and pressure of your tires. Improperly inflated tires are unsafe and can reduce fuel economy.
\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 centers now provide a free battery test as part of our service. Need a new battery? We proudly sell and install Interstate Batteries.\n\nOil Can Henry’s will also test the condition of your coolant to ensure it’s adequately protecting your engine. If it’s time for new coolant, ask about our Cooling System Flush, which replaces 100% of the old coolant. In comparison, a radiator drain and fill replaces just a fraction of the old coolant.\n\nIf your headlights look hazy, yellowed or faded, consider Headlight Restoration, which can greatly increase headlight output and visibility and improve the appearance of the vehicle.\n\nIt’s also advisable to make sure you’re prepared for winter driving, which often requires navigating snowy and icy roads. We wholeheartedly recommend that you visit the AAA website, a great source for automotive knowledge, to check out the tips for driving in the snow and download “How to Go on Ice and Snow”, an informative guide that helps drivers become safer and more efficient in adverse weather conditions.\n\n
Summer’s in the rearview mirror and the rainy days of Fall are upon us. So, now is a good time to check your vehicle’s windshield wipers and replace blades that are hard, inflexible and/or cracked.\n\nAccording to VehicleMD magazine, “the majority of wiper blades are constructed with a rubber wiping element, which provides optimum friction to clear glass of water.” Rubber is a natural compound and breaks down for a variety of reasons, including:\n\n• Heat. The summer sun can heat up your vehicle’s windshield and literally bake the wiper blades. This extreme heat can cause wiper blades to harden and crack.\n\n• Environment. Vehicles in high-traffic areas tend to be exposed to a higher concentration of ozone, which can oxidize the rubber blades and create cracks.\n\n• Cold. Frigid weather causes rubber blades to harden and lose flexibility. When this happens, water can leak underneath the blades and cause smearing.\n\nWhile most wiper manufacturers recommend changing your wiper blades every 6-12 months, we recommend that you check your wiper blades often and replace them when you notice that they’re hard or cracked.\n\nHow to Inspect Your Wiper Blades\nA simple test of your windshield washers will tell you if the wiper blades need to be replaced. If the wipers streak, chatter or fail to cleanly remove the wiper fluid, the wiper blades should be replaced. This test will also show you if the fluid nozzle is clogged or if the nozzle needs to be adjusted to ensure the fluid hits the windshield in the correct place.\n\nLeave It to Us\nEach Oil Can Henry’s service features a safety inspection, including a check of your wiper blades. If you need new blades, your neighborhood Oil Can Henry’s offers quality new wiper blades for purchase. We’ll install them, too!\n\nWe Recycle\nOil Can Henry’s is dedicated to reducing impact on the environment, and we recycle all the used wiper blades from services we perform.
We’re excited to announce that Oil Can Henry’s in College Place, WA, has been honored for its exceptional customer service!
\nOwner Sid West and his team of friendly, trained technicians were recognized at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 6th Annual Business Awards Showcase on September 19. A story about the awards in the local Union-Bulletin newspaper included the following:\n\nSweet Service Awards, sponsored by Sykes: Oil Can Henry’s. The award recognizes a business or nonprofit organization with exceptional customer service through all aspects of sales. There are no waiting rooms at Oil Can Henry’s. As part of its business model, operators tend to customers in the comfort of their own vehicles with a free newspaper while technicians service vehicles with oil changes and other preventive maintenance. The College Place center, a franchise of the business formed in 1978, installed special air filling equipment so technicians can fill any spare tire to which they have access while servicing vehicles. This feature was added after technicians noticed customers’ spares were routinely low or flat. The service has since been adopted by other service centers.\n\nCongratulations to Sid and his hard-working team. You make all of us at Oil Can Henry’s proud!