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Bumper to Bumper Radio, the car guys on KTAR, 92.3 FM in Phoenix, AZ, broadcast every Saturday from 11:00 am to noon. On this show, Dave Riccio of Tri-City Transmission in Tempe, AZ and Matt Allen of Virginia Auto Service in Phoenix, AZ talk about common issues with in your vehicle during the summer months, and problems with your car you shouldn’t ignore. Also on this show:

  • The avoidable financial consequences of ignoring your check engine light.
  • How minor issues with your car become big problems.
  • Battery failure increase during the summer months.
  • What is the average auto battery life in Arizona?
  • 1999 Ford Ranger: I need a reliable after-market fuel pump for my truck. Where should I be searching for one?
  • 2007 Toyota Prius: My car is automatically turning back on after being shut down. Have you seen this issue before with a hybrid computer?
  • 1994 Ford Explorer: I’m having difficulty loosening the tension of my fan clutch. Any tips?
  • How often should I change my transmission fluid if I drive 200-300 miles per day?
  • 2004 Saturn L300: This vehicle has been neglected of maintenance and we’d like it to make it through one more summer. It needs a new AC- could we find a decent compressor at a junkyard?
  • 2007 Chevrolet Silverado: I’ve just replaced my upper and lower radiator hoses- should I replace the thermostat also?
  • 2000 Lexus LX470: My VSC light comes on frequently during turns. Is this a computer error or could it be related to my tire size?
  • What are the common reasons for high pitch noises at high speeds?


Cars talked about on this show are the 1999 Ford Ranger, 2007 Toyota Prius, 1994 Ford Explorer, 2004 Saturn L300, 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, and 2000 Lexus LX470.

Bumper Audio Clip of the Week

Bumper to Bumper Radio helps a listener who suspects there is a fuel blockage issue with her Kia.