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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 one of the most vital parts when it comes to your car: your timing belt. Also on this show:

  • What IS a timing belt?
  • What are common issues with a timing belt?
  • What factors contribute to a worn timing belt?
  • Why are timing belt repairs or replacements timely/costly?
  • What components are driven by a timing belt?
  • 2002 Ford Edge: How does a camshaft synchronizer work?
  • 2010 Lexus: What type of oil would you recommend for my car?
  • Honda Prelude: In the morning my rpm’s jump up to 2k from 1k sporadically until my engines warmed up. What could be causing this?
  • 1999 Nissan Altima: My odometer turned from 40k miles to 140k suddenly. What happened?
  • 2006 Chevrolet truck: My driver’s side blinker has started to blink twice as fast as the passenger side. Why?
  • Nissan Altima: My dealer recommended a service to me after 30k miles. What factors should I be looking at during this point in my car’s life cycle?
  • 2004 Chevrolet Impala: Recently my check engine light has come on. After installing a new emissions control system, a shop has told me it’s the wrong part. They quoted me at over $1k, does this seem right?
  • 1996 Nissan Pathfinder: This vehicle doesn’t run in reverse. Is this repairable or is this a bigger problem?
  • 1997 Mercedes C230: While accelerating, the car seems to almost be shutting off. After troubleshooting and replacing a few parts it has responded a bit better, but still has a noticeable issue intermittently. Any ideas?

Cars talked about on this show are the 2002 Ford Edge, 2010 Lexus, Honda Prelude, 1999 Nissan Altima, 2006 Chevrolet Truck, 2004 Chevrolet Impala, 1996 Nissan Pathfinder, 1997 Mercedes C230.

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Bumper to Bumper Radio helps a listener who has noticed a clunking sound coming from their 2013 GMC Sierra.