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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 you can get the best results from your auto repair shop and technician. Also on this show:

  • My car feels like it's hunting for which gear it should be in on the freeway.
  • Second opinions are crucial.
  • Customers should avoid trying to self-diagnose their auto repair.
  • I got a repair that I didn't need. What do I do?
  • 1999 Honda Accord: I took my car in for a transmission rebuild. After two weeks the driver light flashed and it was slipping again. I took it in two more times and finally got a new transmission but it's still not working. Why can't they figure this out?
  • The traction light, engine light and overdrive light all come on at the same time.
  • What kind of car should I buy that will give me the lowest maintenance?
  • 2004 Nissan Maxima: I've got a hard down shift when the car is hot and I'm approaching a light. Will a valve body help the delay I'm experiencing between park to drive?
  • 2002 Chevrolet Silverado: I replaced the cylinder head, head gaskets,spark plugs and wires on my truck but now when I try to start it, it turns over but doesn't start.
  • 2005 Dodge Dakota V6: My car drives fine one day but other days I have problems with the tachometer especially at higher speeds on the freeway. 
  • 1980 Chevrolet 1500 Pickup with 62,000 mile: The truck is running fine for being an older model but what can I do to eliminate things that aren't up to date and might cause problems down the road?
  • 2002 Saturn L100: I recently had a shop replace my rear drums and put on new wheel cylinders and ever since, my car shakes from 65-70 mph and then smooths out.

Cars talked about on this show are the 1999 Honda Accord, 2004 Nissan Maxima, 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, 2005 Dodge Dakota V6, 1980 Chevrolet 1500 Pickup, and the 2002 Saturn L100.


Bumper Audio Clip of the Week

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