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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 emissions testing and give advice on how to keep your car healthy and running cleanly. Also on this show:

  • When is the best time to take your emissions test?
  • What are some steps to take prior to taking your emissions test?
  • What are the factors that can keep me from passing an emissions test?
  • Differences between cars made prior to or after 1996.
  • What to do if you happen to fail your emissions test.
  • 2002 Honda Accord: While driving over bumps, I’m noticing a noise that sounds like glass moving. After taking it to the dealer the problem is still worsening. Should I take this to a regular shop or a body shop?
  • 2014 BMW: My tire pressure light is on. We’ve discovered a nail in the tire, but is there a special process since these tires are run-flat?
  • 2009 GMC Sierra: Why is it that Diesel fuel automobiles take emissions every year? Why am I being asked to floor the engine during a test?
  • 2007 Kia Rio: The CD in my car radio works fine- but won’t eject. How do I get this out?
  • 2010 Dodge Caravan: My engine light came on recently but I solved the problem. Am I okay to take this to emissions or do I need to wait since I’ve disconnected my battery?
  • 1999 Chevrolet Malibu: I’m experiencing a high rev rate coming off a stop at times, regardless of temperature. What factors could be causing this?

Cars talked about on this show are the 2002 Honda Accord, 2014 BMW, 2009 GMC Sierra, 2007 Kia Rio, 2010 Dodge Caravan, 1999 Chevrolet Malibu.

Bumper Audio Clip of the Week

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