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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 the frustration that comes with being unable to replicate a car problem once you’re at your auto repair shop.

  • Why your personal driving habits can contribute to issues that your auto repair shop can’t find.
  • Which intermittent issues are important to fix immediately, and which can just be annoying to the driver.
  • How an “event log” can be helpful to diagnose a problem with your vehicle and which factors you should be keeping track of.
  • How a weak battery can be contributing to a number of intermittent issues.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Around 5 times a week, my truck is revving high between second and third gear. How can I have this intermittent transmission issue properly diagnosed?
  • 2001 Nissan Altima: My car seems to be losing power at a stop, unless the AC is off. Have you seen this problem before?
  • 2005 Jeep Wrangler: I had my transmission rebuilt 15k miles ago, along with my O2 sensors. Since then, I’ve had issues with them. Is there another part that could be contributing to this?
  • 2014 Honda CRV: I’m having a hard time opening the hatch on my vehicle, especially when it’s cold. How can I fix this issue?
  • 1994 Mercury Cougar: This vehicle has been overheating for some time. One shop has told me to never add water to the cooling system. What are your thoughts?
  • 2005 Porsche Cayenne: Do you have a shop that you recommend I take my Porsche to for maintenance?
  • 1997 Acura CL: How can I properly have my car diagnosed if my ABS light is coming on intermittently?
  • 2005 Ford F150: My truck begins to shudder around 40-50 mph. Is this a problem with my sparkplugs?
  • 2004 Chevrolet Venture: My van has been overheating, even after replacing the radiator. Could this be related to my air conditioning system?

Cars talked about on this show are the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, 2001 Nissan Altima, 2005 Jeep Wrangler, 2014 Honda CRV, 1994 Mercury Cougar, 2005 Porsche Cayenne, 1997 Acura CL, 2005 Ford F150, and the 2004 Chevrolet Venture.

Bumper Audio Clip of the Week

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