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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 why you fail emissions tests and why shops say they have to remove your transmissions to inspect. Also on this show:

  • When shops take out your transmission to inspect, you are often stuck with whatever quote they give you.
  • Chevrolet Blazer with 4L60 Transmission: Very common transmission and drive shells commonly break. You do not have to take it apart to find out what's wrong with it.
  • Online Auto Reviews: Sometimes a shop will charge more for better service and repair, so not all quotes are equal.
  • If you have a good relationship with a shop, stay with them.
  • 2006 Chevrolet Impala with 190,000 miles. Check engine light is on intermittently. Car MD Code says it's a timing chain.
  • 1996 Toyota Avalon with 200,000 miles. Check engine light is on. Shop said is was the oxygen sensor and would cost $1600.
  • 1989 S10 Blazer. Exhaust system fell off and is being held up with wires.
  • 2013 Jeep Wrangler. Manufacturer calls for 5W20 Oil and I've always used 5W30.
  • 2004 Ford Explorer. Check engine light on. Turned the light off for emissions test, but failed anyway.
  • 2000 Ford F150 with 210,000 miles. How many miles will I get out of my transmission if I've been keeping up with maintenance?
  • 2003 Daewoo. Sitting for five years and does not start. Was told to use fuel additive to get it started.
  • 1996 Saturn ST. Rattling sound in the front. Radiator shakes when turning car off.

Cars talked about on this show are the 2006 Chevrolet Impala, 1996 Toyota Avalon, 1989 S10 Blazer, 2013 Jeep Wrangler, 2004 Ford Explorer, 2004 Ford Explorer, 2000 Ford F150, 2003 Daewoo, and 1996 Saturn ST.

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