Hana Farley, A Woman Of Substance

Hana Farley, A Woman With Substance

Today more and more women are moving into the mainstream of automotive work. I continue to find it interesting what actually inspires these women early on in life. In this woman’s story, the initial desire to pursue a field of auto repair came from her father, like many of the women who I have interviewed in previous stories.

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Hana Farley, who is 29 years old, is very energetic and anxious to learn whatever she can grab onto when it comes to automotive repair. I recently met Hana through a neighbor who was in need of some auto repair for her vehicle.

I agreed to perform the repairs and was excited to hear that her granddaughter was eager to lend a helping hand. Since I am always in search of women who wish to embrace the automotive repair world, I jumped at the chance to check out her skill set.

After she brought the vehicle into the shop, I was amazed at how knowledgeable Hana already was in various repairs, but was still willing to learn from anyone, especially another woman who would give her the time of day.

Hana had a good starter collection of tools which she proudly transported in a suitcase that her mother gave her a while back. As we began our repairs, I was surprised to see just how many tools were in that suitcase; I was beginning to wonder if in fact that suitcase belonged to Mary Poppins, who seemed to have no end to what she could hold in her bag.

I found Hana to be somewhat of a free spirit in her views on life and I found it to be rather refreshing. If you did not know Hana, you would have thought she consumed a pot of coffee prior to beginning, because she was like the Energizer Bunny with endless energy.

As we mastered the repair on her grandmother’s vehicle, another one came in that needed new tires. Without hesitation, Hana jumped in, explaining that she spent four years at a tire shop working as a tire monkey, as she put it.

Recently, I was given an enormous number of tools belonging to an 89 year old gentleman who had never met me. It turns out he learned of me through various articles and TV interviews and searched the media to locate my contact information so that he could offer me all of his tools, including a car he had purchased in 1971. There were so many tools that I was trying to figure out where best to put them to good use. I wanted to offer them to a young woman who was pursuing a career in the mechanical field, but lacked the funds to purchase her own tools.

After spending the day with Hana and hearing her story I felt that God must have brought her to me so that I could pass on this gracious gift that was given to me, and offer it to her. By the end of the day, I knew that this was exactly where many of these tools belonged – with Hana.

Hana has been working with her ex-boyfriend as a field mechanic and sharing many of his tools.

As the day was winding down, I went over to where I had the large stack of tools stored in the shop and asked her if she needed an impact gun. Hana’s response was, no, because she did not have an air compressor big enough to run it. Well, I told her, you will once you take the air compressor that was sitting next to it.

The look on Hana’s face was one of great emotions. I believe she came as close to tears as someone could. After that, I began to go through all the tools asking her what she needed. What I found by doing that was amazing; you would have thought that someone who is being offered these types of gifts might just want to take everything, but in fact she was quite the opposite. If there was something she already owned, she stated,

“Thank you, but I already have that one.” This to me, right then and there, showed me exactly the type of person Hana was… honest, sincere and very humble. This solidified my decision to donate the tools to Hana in hopes they will help her succeed at whatever she pursues for her future. As they say, all things happen for a reason, and in this case, that saying stands true.

Happy Wrenching, Hana Farley.

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Zinc’s Removal Of Engine Oils And Its Effects On Older Engines

Zinc’s Removal Of Engine Oils And Its Effects On Older Engines

So you ask, what is Zinc and why should I add it to my engine at oil changes? There has been a lot of confusion in the last few years about the lowering of zinc and phosphorus levels in modern oils and how these lower levels relate to classic and performance engines using

Zinc Additive

standard flat tappet lifters – that is, just about every car built before the Eighties. The concern involves the use of the new lower zinc/phosphoruscontent ILSAC (multi-viscosity) oils, readily available on shelves at auto parts stores everywhere, and how compatible they are with these older engines. Read More

Engine Death From Lack Of Oil Changes

Engine Death From Lack Of Oil Changes

Your engine works hard to get you from point A to point B and without maintenance it will only cost you money in the long run. As you review the photos from an actual customer from a Dealership where my co-host Staci Segura once worked, you’ll see the worst that can happen.  The customer’s car broke down and he had the vehicle towed in. The vehicle only had 40,000 miles on the engine and was still under warranty. You probably think that this must be covered, but in reality, NO. Why not?

Oil Change after 40k miles

To help keep your engine running smoothly and last for years, the manufacturer recommends changing your engine and transmission oil when the car reaches a specified mileage. If you are in need of warranty service, the dealership is going to ask to see the oil change receipts which need to indicate the mileage.

So what happens when you keep putting off changing, or having your engine oil changed?

Your engine oil actually has three jobs.  By lubricating and reducing friction, the engine oil keeps all of the metal moving parts from coming in contact with each other. The engine oil filter is usually also changed at the same time. Automobile engines have many moving parts. As these parts move and rub against each other, the force of friction creates heat. Oil lubricates the engine and absorbs heat, allowing the internal parts to work together effectively without overheating.

Sludge caused engine to fail

Beyond its lubricating task, oil is also responsible for helping to cool an engine. As oil moves around the engine (via a pump, much like your heart pumps blood around your body), heat from all those moving parts is carried away to cooler parts of the engine where the oil itself cools before being pumped back through the engine again.

The third function of oil is to keep the inside of the engine clean. Small bits of metal from worn parts of the engine, dust from the air, contaminants from the fuel and bits of rust and scale from inside the fuel tank are all caught and suspended in the oil and then carried to the oil filter where those nasties are trapped and prevented from another journey through the engine’s delicate internal areas.

Clearly, this oil is important stuff and that’s why it’s critical to keep your engine’s oil clean by changing it at the appropriate intervals. And don’t forget to change the filter: After all, why would you put clean oil through a dirty oil filter? Oil filters remove the particles and keep them from returning back into the engine, which would cause premature wear.

Showing the sludge inside the engine after failure

In this case, referring to the attached photos, this engine came to the end of its life due to the lack of oil changes. Oil does not break down, but the additives do. When you add heat to that, without changing the oil, sluge develops, which will clog the oil passages. The end result is a starved or seized motor.

All of the oil change businesses place a clear sticker on the left corner of your windshield indicating when the next oil change is due. Don’t ignore it.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t have about $16,000 dollars lying around to replace a motor. You are probably saying, how could it cost that much?  Well, with the cost of a new motor, a turbo, sensors, labor, and a few extras, it won’t take long to arrive at that total. As the saying goes, ‘A pound of cure, is worth an ounce of prevention.’ Happy Motoring.

How An Engine Is Lubricated

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Teresa’s Garage Radio Show Is Expanding

Teresa’s Garage Radio Show Is Expanding

Exciting News

Teresa’s Garage Radio Show has expanded. The show will now be heard on Pulling Radio Network, 5 days a week, Monday through Friday at 3 PM Eastern Time.

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Pulling Radio Network is mainly focused on Tracker pulling and Radio shows which feature Tracker news and interviews, but it too is expanding its network Radio base. Teresa’s Garage Radio Show is starting off 2017 going forward and looking to expand with more live remotes, more interviews and finding new avenues in order to reach women and men, who are looking for a fun filled hour of automotive talk.

Teresa Aquila, owner of Teresa’s Garage, has added a new Co-host to the show, Staci Segura, race car driver and now co-host, from Missouri, will be pounding the race track and car show pavement looking for potential guests and inspirational stories from everyday women with the passion for their automobile.

If you search deep, you can find people who have amazing stories if you just reach out and listen. Teresa’s Garage Radio Show’s first co-host Jeanette DesJardins, President and founder of, brought racing knowledge to the show in 2016, but needed to take a step back from the microphone because her business is also expanding which has turned her focus to Carchix.

Teresa Aquila and Jeanette DesJardins over the past year have become good friends and are teamed up to cross promote not only their shows, but other women in Motorsports across the world. Jeanette then posted to all of the CarChix Calendar Girls that she was stepping away from the show and that there was an opportunity for a new co-host on Teresa’s Garage Radio Show.

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Staci Segura, a 2016 CarChix Calendar Girl stepped up to the opportunity and has been on the show now for a few weeks proving her on air presence is a great mix with host Teresa Aquila.

The show constantly is searching for women who have a great story offering the love for racing, Motorsports, spectator or just the passion for your car, then let us hear from you. You can contact the show’s host Teresa Aquila at or co-host for consideration.

Join us live every Tuesday 2 PM Pacific on 1180 AM KCKQ a production of America Matters Media, or by going to Pulling Radio Network Monday-Friday 3 PM Pacific time to hear the original show on Encore by going to

Bringing Advice To Women With Wheels. Happy Motoring.

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Did You Know These Facts About The Ford F100 Series

Did You Know These Facts About The Ford F100 Series

As the most popular vehicle in America, you’d think we’d all know more about Ford F-Series pickups. Here are some secrets about the F-Series that have been uncovered.

The First F-Series

Ford introduced the F-Series for the 1948 model year. Unlike earlier light trucks (going back to the Model T) the F-Series was built on a chassis specifically designed for the application. In that first year, two engines were offered: a 226 CID inline six rated at 95 horsepower and a 239 CID Flathead V8 that produced 100 HP.

The Unibody Fiasco

Ford planners took notice of the fact that by the early 1960s light truck buyers were purchasing pickups for light duty use and even just as personal transportation. For the 1961 model year Ford determined that by combining the cab and bed into a single assembly (referred to as the unibody, the truck required fewer stampings, fewer welds and was less complicated to paint. It also increase load space by 16 percent. What owners found is that when the bed was heavily loaded, it would twist the body structure, doors might pop open, or even jam shut. Ford hurriedly put a separate cab/bed combination into production and the unibody went away after the 1963 model year.