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What is E15?

Teresa’s article dated August 2013 in the Happy Herald.  Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 28 years of experience repairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women and host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show.


Here it comes, E15. What is E15? API officials and a wide group of opponents that included auto manufacturers and poultry farmers argued that E15 could cause corrosion and damage to several car components, including engines. Some car makers say drivers could inadvertently void their warranties by pumping it into their gas tanks. AAA, the nation’s largest motoring organization, has called for increased study of the potential dangers to vehicle parts, and says potential dangers particularly exists for vehicles built prior to 2001.The EPA, on the other hand, says E15, which is comprised of a 15 percent ethanol blend instead of the usual 10 percent, is safe for cars.

This mixture will harm engine components and seals in these prior years causing premature engine failure. Some stations I have used have the E85 as a separate pump, but as you see from the photo, paying attention at the pumps is something

to consider so that you do not pick the wrong nozzle.

I am also concerned for household items such as lawnmowers and weed eaters just to name a few if this type of fuel is used. Make sure you read your manufacturers owners manual to learn what type of fuel should be used. You do not want a costly mistake. I remember the days when fuel was pretty simple to purchase and I must say, it also was way less than a $1.00 a gallon. With that price, you also received full service. Of course, those days are gone for good, so making sure you keep your automobile running in top shape and avoiding the costly trips to a service shop are always top priority.

One thing I do at the first of every month is to use a good brand of fuel cleaning. It helps to keep the injectors running efficiently.

The EPA, on the other hand, says E15, which is comprised of a 15 percent ethanol blend instead of the usual 10 percent, is safe for cars.

Happy Motoring

Happy Herald direct link to article

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Auto Parts, Online Retailers verses Brick and Mortar Stores


Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 40 years of experience repairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently, she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women and host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show.

In its latest step into the auto market, Amazon has struck deals with several of the largest auto parts suppliers in the U.S. to sell their products directly through Amazon, the New York Post reports.

With this new venture, Amazon will put itself in direct competition with major auto parts retailers like, Napa, O’Reilly, Auto Zone and Advanced Auto Parts. Robert Bosch, Federal-Mogul, Dorman Products and Cardone Industries are just a few of the major auto parts manufactures to sell products at Amazon.

The US auto parts business has shown steady growth, and in recent years, the shift has been to e-commerce purchases. The auto parts business has generated over $68 billion just in 2015. While U.S. auto sales grew only one percent per year over the previous decade, sales at the major aftermarket auto parts chains grew seven percent per year. This is largely due to an aging vehicle fleet in the US, which has drummed up business for aftermarket parts sellers.

E-commerce held a larger share of that. E-commerce auto parts sales in the US grew 16% last year to reach $7.4 billion, with Amazon and eBay holding the top two spots in terms of online auto parts sales, according to market research firm Hedges & Company.

I personally am a price shopper and check all possibilities when it comes to not only buying auto parts for customers, but personally as well. Honestly, I have found other online retailers to have better pricing for the same products that Amazon offers with free shipping. The downside is that instead of a one to two day delivery, it took five days to arrive. Faster options were available.

The one caveat is if the customer is in need of the part right now, or can they wait a few days and save several dollars. I purchase from some of the larger brick and mortar stores like Summit Racing, O’Reilly and at times Walmart. I am not a Walmart devoted shopper, but I will purchase items such as engine oil and anti freeze that they offer less expensively than other stores.

Some of your brick and mortar stores are changing the way they do business by offering price matching for places like a local Walmart, but have not yet bowed to doing so with matching Amazon’s pricing.

If Amazon begins to take a huge chunk of the market share in the auto parts business, that soon may change, otherwise they may be left at the curb wondering what happened.

As a mechanic, I like to place my eyes and hands on a part that I am replacing for a customer because there are times where the photo of the part is not completely revealing.

For several years, I have been doing business with a company called 1A Auto and they offer free shipping on all their products, how to videos, great customer service along with amazing prices. They carry name brand products most of the time, must less than Amazon or the local retailers. Out of all the parts I have ordered from 1A Auto, not one has failed or needed to be returned. And prior to placing your order on websites like 1A Auto, you can contact their customer support if you have questions, where that is not the case with Amazon.

The mark up in auto parts varies and some can be as high as 300 percent, so places like Walmart or Amazon where they can either fulfill the product through one of their warehouses or have it shipped direct from the manufacturer can help with the bottom line cutting out the middle man.

Websites like YouTube and several of the aftermarket online auto parts retailers offering how to videos have helped drive the consumer to attempt repairs themselves. Not always with success.

How do online companies compare when it comes to their return policies? I have found the reputable companies to include Amazon have an immediate return acceptance policy along with prepaid return shipping. Something you should research prior to purchasing in case you may need to return the item. So if you are thinking about venturing into purchasing from the e-commerce auto parts websites, do your homework on the part needed.

Happy Motoring.

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Are Automotive Technicians at A Critical Stage?

Are Automotive Technicians at A Critical Stage?


Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 28 years of experience repairing everything from Porsche’s to school buses. Currently she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women.

The Automotive Industry is changing each day, with new challenges, emissions standards and technology. Trying to keep up with the chaos is not always easy. Being a part of this industry for over 40 years, I am one of the lucky ones to have embraced new technology, but not all in this business have.

Many of the more experienced of yesteryear are finding themselves in the back of the class when it comes to newer vehicles. Being a backyard mechanic and finding employment in automotive repair was relatively easy and there were plenty of jobs to be found.

But with today’s vehicles, this is far from reality. Knowing the basics about auto repair is a must since all fossil-fueled vehicles still require many of the main components like a battery, alternator, fuel, glass (which on many cars are not part of the vehicle’s structure), tires, brakes etc.

Unlike older vehicles, today’s cars use sensors, avoidance systems, in some cases several onboard computers to monitor, sensing and controlling the vehicle’s every rotation. It appears that future mechanics will need some type of engineering knowledge just to understand them.

In today’s challenging times for skilled labor, depending on the area you live in around the country there is a huge shortage of technicians to handle the work load. Shops in some cases are not able to give the customer a time frame as to when the repair will be completed if their staffing levels for skilled workers are slim.

I personally have been approached by a few local companies inquiring if I would contract with them to work on an as needed basis since it is very difficult to find the skilled employees for the specific repairs needed. This is not only an industry issue, but also one the country needs to take notice and join in on finding proactive solutions for the automotive industry’s future.

I recently discovered that many high schools are contemplating eliminating Auto Shop from their curriculum, not because they wish to abolish its place in the schools, but because students are just not enrolling in these classes.

Some of the high schools I have discussed this very topic with have indicated that most of their counselors are more focused on encouraging their students to enroll in college courses, and fail to embrace and energize them to take a skill course in high school.

More and more young women are actually stepping up and taking on the challenge of auto shop, each with their own personal reasons. A few know that when they are attending college, they will own a vehicle and want to learn how to maintain one or even change a tire to help with added expenses. Others love working with their hands and find these classes to help fill the need for it.

The industry currently is at a critical point; in order to fill all the needed positions for the future, we need to begin working on how to encourage the younger generation to step away from sitting in front of their personal devices and learn how to repair them. If we fail now, the future for skilled labor will be at an all-time low in America.

There is no one solution to this problem, the industry as a whole really has their work cut out. Finding creative ways to energize students to embrace skilled labor is no easy task, but one that is in need of immediate attention.

Solano Community College in Vallejo, California has stepped up their game and added additional space to their Automotive Technology courses. Many of the classes can now be completed online; with the majority of the curriculum are hands-on experience.

For further information, go to automotive_technician.php.

Or find a college near you. Happy Motoring.

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Radio Show February 13, 2018

Women With Wheels Car Show 2018 Entry

A Car Show Just For Women.

It is that time of year again when we begin working on the Women with Wheels Car Show being held at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. This is our 4 th Car Show and we are allowed 50 spaces.  Last year we almost filled the all available spaces, so don’t miss this event register now to save your spot.

This show is for female car enthusiasts whether you own your own classic or co-owned with a significant

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other. It is a show where women can connect with other women showcasing their favorite ride, no matter the year, make or model. We encourage women to enter to help support Moms On The Run. The monies raised from the Raffle prize all goes to Moms On The Run. For more information on their organization, click this link> Moms On The Run.

Last year our raffle sponsors helped us raise over $400.00. Our Raffle sponsors are as follows, National Championship Air Races Reno, Moana Nursery, Flyers, American Home Companion, Stempf Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts Lemmon Valley location, Southern Wine and Spirits, National Automobile Museum, Napa Auto Parts, Safelite Auto Glass Reno, Shawn the DJ, Scooby Productions and Sam’s Sparkle Detail.

To register for this event, click this link>>>>>>>Women with Wheels Car Show entry form 2018


Teresa’s Garage Radio Show Interviews At Hot August Nights

Teresa’s Garage Radio Show Interviews at Hot August Nights 2015 up in Virginia City, Nevada the official kick off for a week of Classic cars. This is the first year that Virginia City joined in with Hot August Nights and it appears to be a keeper. Here are several interviews Teresa Aquila of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show as she did her show remotely from the event. You will hear from many car owners, City dignitaries, and even some gun shots in the back ground. Listen in to find out why.

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #1 Teresa speaks with Joe Curtis of Virginia City

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #1 Teresa speaks with Steve Frady

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #3 Teresa speaks with one of the classic car owners

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #4 Teresa speaks with Bob a classic car owner

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #5 Teresa interviews Don Larson about his 3100 pickup

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #6 Teresa speaks again with Steve Frady


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