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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 benefits of developing a relationship with your auto repair shop. Also on this show:

  • Developing a relationship with your auto repair shop.
  • Human error factors with auto repair shops. Cars aren't always fixed right the first time. There is pressure on shops to fix cars quickly.
  • Air conditioning repairs and oil leaks are typically not fixed in one visit.
  • Check engine light evaporative emission codes. Gas cap may be loose.
  • Shops will bend over backwards if you treat them nicely.
  • Running out of gas is not good for your car. Accuracy of gas gauge.
  • 2004 Ford Taurus: AX4 transmission leak.
  • 2000 Honda Civic with 100,000 miles: Replaced engine three times in a year and it keeps going bad. Should have a 2-5 year warranty. If you don't identify the problem, it will keep failing.
  • The big question is always what broke and what caused that thing to break?
  • 1999 Dodge Caravan with 29,000 miles: When starting, the mileage and gear lights turn on and then they flicker when driving. Probably a bad ground at the battery. Possibly the ignition switch.
  • Should I be afraid to jump start someone else's car? Yes. There a very good chance you could experiencing an electrical spike or you could hook up the cables backwards and damage your car.
  • 2001 Chevrolet Blazer: Put in a radiator and the transmission lines are leaking.
  • 1995 325i BMW: Had a collision and needed some repairs and bodywork done. Should I do the mechanical or bodywork first?
  • Having a friend or someone who works out of his garage fix your car is not a good idea.

Cars talked about on this show are the 2004 Ford Taurus, 2000 Honda Civic, 2001 Chevrolet Blazer and the 1995 325i BMW.

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