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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
consumer expectations and the time frame in which your repair or service should take on your car.. Also on this show:

  • How the place in your vehicles life cycle affects the time it takes for repairs.
  • The importance of preventative repairs and maintenance.
  • Insurance repairs and other outside factors that can affect the amount of time it takes to complete a repair.
  • The effectiveness of wheel-lock keys.
  • 2007 Toyota Prius: The headlights on my passenger side turn off after driving 10-15 minutes then need to be reset. What might be causing this?
  • 2005 Dodge Pickup: My vehicle turned down my emissions test since there’s no catalytic converter, then I was told I would need one installed including a three year warranty. Does this seem right?
  • 2009 Volkswagen Eos: Has recently gone through a series of expensive repairs but has only 56,000 miles- should I expect more in the near future? Did I just buy a bad car?
  • 1995 Ford Taurus: My car has hard water stains due to sitting for some time. Is there a product or process you would recommend to get rid of this?
  • 2003 Ford Mustang: I’m experiencing serious vibration around 40 mph. After rebuilding the transmission the same problem arose after a month. Any idea what could be causing this?
  • 2008 Toyota Avalon: Wants to keep this vehicle to 200,000 miles. What are the most important factors and maintenance to keep in mind to ensure this car makes it?
  • 2007 Chrysler Town and Country: My vehicle is using a quart of oil every 700 miles. Is this excessive or something you’ve encountered with this model/engine?
  • 2000 Ford Excursion: I’m experiencing a good amount of vibration at highway speed. After rebalancing the tires I’m still experiencing this problem. What other factors could be causing this?

Cars talked about on this show are the 2001 Toyota Prius, 2005 Dodge Pickup, 2009 Volkswagen Eos, 1995 Ford Taurus, 2003 Ford Mustang, 2008 Toyota Avalon, 2007 Chrysler Town and Country, 2000 Ford Excursion.

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.