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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 what tires you should put on your car and how to buy them. Special guests include the Dan and Rob Slagel from S&S Tires. Also on this show:

  • Are the tread life statistics on a tire accurate?
  • The way your tire wears gives a shop an indication of what they needs.
  • Avoid commission shops. They may sell you tires before you need them.
  • When do you know you need new tires?
  • Buy tires from a shop that sells a lot of them so you don't get old stock.
  • Cars are engineered around a specific tire.
  • Should you have an alignment check every time you buy new tires?
  • What's the difference between tire balance and alignment?
  • What kind of tire maintenance should you do on a vehicle that sits more than it drives?
  • Are tire conditioners worth it?
  • 2006 XB Scion. Have gone through four sets of tires at 90,000 miles. Car has always pulled to the left and it chews up tires.
  • 2001 Toyota Tacoma with 40,000 miles. Showing a 440 code, which is for the evap system.
  • 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. Oil gauge is showing 80 pounds of pressure, which is high.
  • Can you replace just two tires or should you replace all of them?
  • Can you put air in nitrogen tires?
  • Are off-brand tires worth buying?
  • Should you ever use fix-a-flat?

Cars talked about on this show are the 2006 XB Scion, 2001 Toyota Tacoma, and 2004 Chevrolet Silverado.

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