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Henry’s Hints: Protecting Your Radiator

Oil Can Henry's Radiator ServiceCold winter temperatures can be hard on your vehicle and the fluids, such as antifreeze/coolant, that help it operate.

Antifreeze/coolant flows through your vehicle’s radiator and engine to protect against both freezing temperatures and engine heat.

Over time, deposits can build-up and block the flow of antifreeze/coolant to your engine. That can lead to overheating, freezing, rust, corrosion — even a breakdown.

AAA recommends that you “check coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability. ”

AAA also recommends that you test the antifreeze protection level at least once a year. Oil Can Henry’s makes that easy. Our Famous 18-Point Full-Service Oil Change includes a check of your vehicle’s vital fluids, including the antifreeze/coolant, and a complimentary top-up of those fluids.

To protect your vehicle, Oil Can Henry’s recommends you replace the antifreeze/coolant as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Not sure about your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations? Your Oil Can Henry’s technician will happily provide them to you.

When it’s time to replace your vehicle’s antifreeze/coolant, visit your neighborhood Oil Can Henry’s. Our Radiator Service is convenient, thorough service that meets warranty standards. You just drive in, relax in your vehicle and watch our trained technicians perform your service.

Anniversaries: Voted “Best Oil Change” Eight Years in a Row

Oil Can Henry's - 1231 Main Street in Windsor, Colo.
Oil Can Henry’s – Windsor, CO. 1231 Main Street.

Drivers in Colorado’s “Front Range” know what they like. And they clearly like Oil Can Henry’s and our “done right in front of you” service.

In fact, readers of Windsor Now! have voted their local Oil Can Henry’s Best Oil Change for an amazing eight years in a row, 2009-2016.

We brought Oil Can Henry’s unique, trusted service to Colorado in 2005 with the opening of our service center at E. 17th Avenue and Pace Street in Longmont (40 miles north of Denver).

Encouraged by the enthusiastic reception from local drivers, we opened a second Oil Can Henry’s center on November 28, 2007 in Windsor.

Drivers continued to trust their vehicles to our friendly, trained technicians. So, to meet the growing demand, we opened a second Longmont center in 2008, at 17th Avenue and Hover Street.

Today, Oil Can Henry’s serves tens of thousands of drivers throughout Colorado’s Front Range, providing quick and convenient service that’s a great value.

Congratulations to the tremendous teams of trained technicians at all three Colorado locations. We appreciate your hard work.

Oil Can Henry’s in Windsor is one of four centers celebrating a November anniversary. We’re also pleased to congratulate the impressive teams at:

Thank you all for helping make Oil Can Henry’s “The One You Can Trust”.

16 Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

Halloween Safety TipsHalloween is a fun time of year for children and adults alike.

Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous time.

According to Safe Kids Worldwidechildren are twice as likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year

With a little planning and increased awareness, drivers, parents and trick-or-treaters can prevent Halloween tragedies and ensure an enjoyable evening for all.

We turned to AAA and Safe Kids Worldwide for these 16 safety tips for drivers, parents and trick-or-treaters:

DRIVERS

  • Be extra alert 5:30 – 9:30pm, the most popular trick-or-treating hours.
  • Drive slower than normal in residential neighborhoods. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react if a child darts out in front of you.
  • Watch for children walking, particularly on the street, curbs and medians.
  • Enter and exit driveways carefully.
  • Turn on your headlights to increase your visibility. Using your headlights, even during daylight hours, makes it easier for pedestrians and other drivers to see you.

PARENTS

  • Set ground rules. Talk with your children about how long they can be out, where they can go and what will be done with the treats they receive.
  • Accompany your children, especially if they’re under 12. Surprisingly, 12% of children five years of age or younger are allowed to trick-or-treat alone (Safe Kids).
  • Make your kids visible. Decorate costumes and bag with reflective tape and stickers and, as much as possible, use light colored costumes. Have them carry light sticks or flashlights to help them see — and to help drivers see them.
  • Make sure your kids can see easily. Masks can limit eyesight, so consider makeup and hats, instead. If your child is wearing a hat, make sure it fits well and doesn’t slip down over his eyes.
  • Use flame-retardant costumes.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, stay as far to the side of the street as possible and walk facing traffic.
  • Cross safely. Cross streets only at corners — never mid-block or from between parked vehicles — and look both ways and listen for approaching vehicles before crossing.
  • Put down the phone. Eliminate distractions while you’re out trick-or-treating with your kids.
  • Make sure props, such as swords and canes, are not sharp.
  • Tell your children to not eat treats until they get home.
  • Stick to the familiar. Stop only at well-lit homes and never enter a stranger’s home or garage.

Happy Halloween from all of us at Oil Can Henry’s!

 

Don’t Sweat It: 6 Tips to Protect Your Vehicle from the Summer Heat

OCH_eNL_Image_0716_overheatingSweltering summer temperatures are tough on our vehicles. Batteries can lose strength or corrode, coolant/antifreeze may break down faster and lose its ability to protect your engine and, in rare cases, vehicles may catch fire.

Here are six valuable tips to help ensure you and your vehicle don’t fall victim to the summer heat:

 

1. Check Hoses, Wires and Belts Regularly.
Proper maintenance of your vehicle should include regular, thorough inspections of the hoses that move flammable liquids — especially oil and transmission fluid — throughout your engine. At the same time, check wires and serpentine belts to ensure none are worn or frayed. If you discover a leaking or improperly connected hose, a frayed wire or a damaged or frayed belt, have it checked and repaired as soon as possible.

Oil Can Henry’s Famous 18-Point Full-Service Oil Change includes a complimentary visual inspection of the engine. During the inspection, your technician will inform you of any visible leaks, hose damage or safety concerns.

 

2. Keep Your Engine Clean.
Every once in a while, pop the hood and check for debris. Carefully remove or brush out old leaves and other “garbage” that could ignite or fuel a fire in the engine compartment.

 

3. Maintain Proper Oil and Coolant Levels.
Check your oil and coolant regularly to ensure both are at proper levels. To help you do that, Oil Can Henry’s Famous 18-Point Full-Service Oil Change includes Free Fluid Refills: Get one free oil top-up within 3 months or 5,000 miles of your last oil change. Come in anytime to top-up other fluids and tires. 

 

4. Replace Worn-Out Coolant.
Coolant (also referred to as antifreeze) flows through your vehicle’s radiator and engine to protect from overheating, freezing, rust, and corrosion. Over time, lines can get clogged with deposits, rust and corrosion.

Replacing the coolant as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, helps:

  • Protect your engine from overheating and freezing; and
  • Restore the protection level for the entire cooling system.

Our Radiator Fluid Exchange service removes virtually 100% of the dirty, used coolant and replaces it with new coolant.

Unsure if your coolant is still protecting your engine? Oil Can Henry’s service centers offer a complimentary coolant check to gauge the strength of your engine’s coolant. Simply visit your neighborhood Oil Can Henry’s and ask for a free coolant check.

 

5. Check Your Tire Tread and Pressure.
It’s important to check your tires on a regular basis to ensure that they’re wearing evenly and are inflated to the proper level. This is particularly important in the summer because extreme heat causes the air inside your tires to expand and that can lead to blowouts on worn-out tires.

 

6. Check Your Battery.
According to Interstate Batteries, “summer heat can be even more damaging than winter’s cold temperatures when it comes to car batteries.” The heat can sap battery strength, cause water to evaporate out of battery fluid and, particularly in cases when temperatures exceed 95° F, accelerate corrosion.

Interstate Batteries recommends the following to keep your battery in shape this summer:

  • Visually inspect the battery, looking for bulges, cracks or leaks. If you find any of these situations, replace the battery.
  • Clean the battery connections by removing corrosion, lead oxidation or rust from the top of the battery with a scouring pad or brush. Be sure to brush away from you.
  • If your battery has removable filler caps, open the caps and check the water level in each cell. If the water level is low, add distilled water until the plates are covered. Don’t use tap water and don’t overfill.

Time for a new battery? Most Oil Can Henry’s service centers sell and install Interstate Batteries.

 

IF YOUR ENGINE OVERHEATS
If your vehicle overheats while you’re driving, follow these safety tips:

  • Pull off to a safe location on the side of the road as soon as possible;
  • Leave your vehicle running and turn off the air conditioner to enable the radiator to cool down the engine;
  • If you think you see flames, do not open the hood. You could be burned and the fire could spread rapidly.
  • Don’t open the hood by hand or unscrew the radiator cap until you’re absolutely positive the engine has cooled. This could take 30 minutes or more. If you do unscrew the cap, cover the cap with a cloth to protect your hand. Open it slowly and tilt it away from you.
  • Don’t drive your vehicle if the coolant tank is empty. That could cause significant damage. To be on the safe side, we recommend you call a tow truck or, if you have it, AAA Roadside Assistance.

 

Safe summer travels from all of us at Oil Can Henry’s!

 

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From Our Customers: Getting the Job Done Accurately and Efficiently

Oil Can Henry's in Soquel, California
Oil Can Henry’s – Soquel, California: 2878 South Rodeo Gulch Road

Oil Can Henry’s – Soquel, CA:

The staff was courteous, informative and friendly and I love that you get to stay in your car for service.

I especially appreciate that they have a monitor next to the driver’s side window where you can watch the technician do the work and see for yourself that they’re getting the job done accurately and efficiently.

The old school outfits topped it off for me and made me smile, thus the 5 stars wasn’t a question for me.

~ Gina R.
Santa Cruz, CA