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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 talks about the ways you can avoid your car from breaking down and what to do if a breakdown happens, especially during a road trip. Also on this show:

  • Things you should always have in your car before taking a long drive in the summer.
  • Why you can’t always trust your gas gauge.
  • 1997 Ford F350: The batteries at my local shop had been on the shelf for close to a year. Would you recommend purchasing a battery that’s been sitting for that long?
  • 1994 Nissan Pickup: I’ve noticed a vibration around 60mph, but never above or below. Could this be a driveshaft issue? Where would you recommend I have this looked at?
  • 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis: Are there any AZ citation traffic laws you disagree with?
  • 2001 Ford V10: there’s a split in my AC hose. The shops have told me there is no aftermarket part available. Is there someone who could build one for me?
  • 2001 Nissan Altima: During an AC repair, my fuel pump went out. After a replacement, I’ve had issues with my fuel line for the past two months – even after other replacements. Is there somewhere else you could recommend I have this looked at?
  • 2005 Buck Rendezvous: My engine light has given the reader up to 10 codes. The dealer has narrowed it down to an issue with the O2 sensor. A couple months later, the light has come back on. What should I do next?
  • 2004 Chevrolet Colorado: On occasion, my truck won’t turn over despite having a brand new battery. If I wait around 15 minutes, it always fires right up. Have you seen an issue like this before?

Cars talked about on this show are the 1997 Ford F350, 1994 Nissan Pickup, 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis, 2001 Ford V10, 2001 Nissan Altima, 2005 Buck Rendezvous, and the 2004 Chevrolet Colorado