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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 how to ensure your car is safe. Special guests include Kurt Morgan from Shadow Mountain Auto Repair. Also on this show:

  • The number of airbag recalls in 2015.
  • At what point in a vehicles life are recalls most common?
  • Should you go to the dealership to have a recall issue fixed?
  • The difference between technical service bulletins and recalls.
  • What is the most common “weakest link” in cars?
  • 2004 Mercedes C230 Compressor: I had a new battery and alternator installed recently, then had my battery light come on. It turned out that my car was blowing fuses- did I have the wrong battery installed?
  • 2005 Toyota Avalon: Is it okay to drive this vehicle with my VSC light on for the weekend?
  • 2002 Chevrolet Silverado: What maintenance would you recommend for this vehicle (high mileage) and when should I expect to have a rebuild done?
  • 2010 BMW 328i: I previously drove a 2008 model, and I’m noticing that this 2010 drives much differently. Is it possible that something has been done to this car that would be affecting the way it shifts?
  • 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser: My transmission seems to almost be skipping- although nothing on the dash indicates an issue. Any idea what may be causing this?
  • 2007 Jeep Compass: My transmission light comes on especially on hotter days. Does the transmission need to be replaced?
  • 2004 Isuzu Rodeo: The check engine light comes on while starting this car, then starts in reduced power mode. How can I go about diagnosing and fixing this?
  • 2007 Kia Sedona: My control unit is beginning to fail. Is there a test that can be done to be sure?

Cars talked about on this show are the 2004 Mercedes C230 Compressor, 2005 Toyota Avalon, 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, 2010 BMW 328i, 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2007 Jeep Compass, 2004 Isuzu Rodeo, 2007 Kia Sedona.

Bumper Audio Clip of the Week

Bumper to Bumper helps a listener in Tempe about an issue with her AC.