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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 talk about common confusion when it comes to wheel alignment vs tire balance services. Also on this show:

  • How to tell if your vehicle has a wheel alignment problem or a tire balance issue.
  • What’s the best way to test your car or truck’s alignment?
  • How common is it that the steering wheel is the problem with a car that is pulling?
  • Information about tire wear and how to check your tires.
  • How to check your rear alignment.
  • When is the best time to have your alignment professionally checked?
  • 2007 Dodge Caravan: I’ve recently put 4 new tires on this van and have noticed a large amount of premature wear on the inside of my tires. This is a high mileage vehicle - what could be contributing to this?
  • 2002 Chevrolet Tracker: How is it possible that a modern vehicle can have its exhaust system changed?
  • 2003 Toyota Tundra: I’ve noticed the sensation of a flat tire on my truck but nothing is visibly wrong. What could be causing this tugging sensation?
  • 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe: What information can you give me about the motors beneath my dash and which actuators should I be concerned with?
  • 2005 Volkswagen Beetle: The AC in this vehicle failed. I’ve been told there is a problem with the electrical controls. How can I begin to diagnose this problem?
  • 1999 Ford Explorer: My Explorer is blowing hot air. What could be the root of this issue?

Cars talked about on this show are the 2007 Dodge Caravan, 2002 Chevrolet Tracker, 2003 Toyota Tundra, 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2005 Volkswagen Beetle, and the 1999 Ford Explorer.


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