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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, Glenn from Good Works Auto Repair stops by to talk with Dave Riccio of Tri-City Transmission in Tempe, AZ about hybrid vehicles and how ownership and maintenance differ from ordinary gas engine cars.

  • What exactly is a hybrid vehicle?
  • How many hybrid vehicles are registered in Maricopa County?
  • Should you replace a battery if purchasing a used hybrid car?
  • Is it possible to regenerate a battery inside of a hybrid car?
  • Porsche 911: What are some factors to consider if I’m looking to purchase a Porsche in the near future?
  • 2003 Ford F250: I replaced my oil pump recently, but have noticed a huge drop in fuel economy. Any advice?
  • 1999 Nissan Pathfinder: This truck won’t work in reverse. Is this definitely a transmission issue?
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid: The battery in this car has gone bad before 100k, is this common?
  • 2002 Dodge Ram 1500: My AC switches back down to low on its own. We’ve already switched the resistor- could this possibly be the fan itself?
  • 2000 Dodge Ram: After driving for around 15 miles, this truck will completely die. I was told this was an issue with the PCM. What should I be looking to pay to fix this problem?
  • 1988 Ford F150: My check engine light begins blinking after getting up to 35 mph. Is this an engine misfire?
  • 2002 Volkswagen Passat: I’ve noticed an ASR light coming on. What information can you give me about this problem?
  • 2004 Chevrolet Silverado: This truck has an issue blowing hot air on the driver side, but cold on the passenger side. What could be causing this?

Cars talked about on this show are the Toyota Prius, Porsche 911, 2003 Ford F250, 1999 Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2002 Dodge Ram 1500, 2000 Dodge Ram, 1988 Ford F150, 2002 Volkswagen Passat, and 2004 Chevrolet Silverado.

Bumper Audio Clip of the Week

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