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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 important factors of commonly forgotten maintenance. Also on this show:

  • In what ways has your car been neglected?
  • How important is it to service your brake fluid?
  • What other fluids are important to keep in mind?
  • 2007 Toyota Tacoma: What is a reasonable price to adjust brakes and change the fluid?
  • 1989 Corvette: I purchased 4 new tires in 2008 and have driven 1200 miles on them thus far, however the date stamped on the tires reads 2001. How long are tire shops able to sell tires they’ve had for some time? Do tires have a shelf life?
  • How to familiarize yourself with your cars noises/odors/etc.
  • 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis: Has an issue getting the car out of park. Why is it that pumping the brakes typically releases it?
  • 2004 Chevrolet S10 Blazer: Clutch has disengaged and reengaged for some time. Should I replace the entire unit or can I only replace the clutch?
  • 2010 Chevrolet Impala: The front rotors had problems shortly after date of purchase, and now the rear rotors are acting up also. The shop is telling me it’s the driver, but I know I drive well. What else could be causing the shaking?
  • Dodge Dakota: Front passenger upper control arm is consistently coming loose. I’ve replaced a number of parts however is still have alignment issues. Any advice?
  • 2010 Genesis: Quoted $700 dollars for transmission maintenance, does this seem fair? Is there a cheaper place to take it or a cheaper fluid that could be used?

Cars talked about on this show are the 2007 Toyota Tacoma, 1989 Corvette, 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis, 2004 Chevrolet S10 Blazer, 2010 Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Dakota, & 2010 Genesis.

Bumper Audio Clip of the Week

Bumper to Bumper Radio helps a listener whose son's Nissan Rogue is struggling to make the drive to Flagstaff.