The Old Car Blog

Image of Mark the car repair mechanicOn the old car blog we focus on automobiles that are 10 to 20 years old. These soldiers of the working class help us get to work and take our kids to school every day.

Unfortunately, the quality of these automobiles fresh off the assembly line was somewhat questionable. I performed dealership level warranty repairs on these cars from the 80s, 90s and most of the 2000 decade.

I've seen firsthand that even when these units were brand spanking new they could be a basket full of problems. Add in the ravages of time and high mileage and I think it’s safe to say these cars will most likely be troublesome to the day they wind up at the local junkyard.

Never Fear Improving Reliability is Near

Automotive computers continued to evolve quickly through this two decade period of time. Not only did the computer communication speeds increase the quality of the automotive sensors they connected to also improve with every passing year.

Thankfully the reliability and durability of the surrounding systems also improved year over year. Since these old cars require more maintenance and incur higher auto repair bills we created this blog to support these troublesome rides.

Below you'll find articles outlining specific problems and solutions that plague these aging forms of transportation. The old car blog also includes an RSS feed that helps you monitor when new posts are created. Although this real simple syndication seems to be a thing of the past, we still find some value in it.

In fact, since it's an old-school method of communication it seems to fit in perfectly with our old-school rides. Tell your friends that you just subscribed to The Old Car Blog RSS feed and they might think you have timed warped a decade back into the past.

New Posts on the Old Car Blog

Jul 18, 2017

Doing This After Buying a Used Car Will Make You Safer

See what you should do after buying a used car that will make you safer. This simple task can pay dividends for as long as you own this automobile.

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Jul 08, 2017

Dealing with an Oil Change Performed Incorrectly

Who's responsible for an oil change performed incorrectly? The auto repair shop bears responsibility. See how to handle the situation correctly.

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Jul 08, 2017

Solve AC Evaporator Core Failure on Chrysler Cars

Fixing Chrysler AC evaporator core problems is expensive. Review the root cause of the problem and weigh the pros and cons of a DIY repair.

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Jul 01, 2017

Buy the Right First Car and Sidestep Buyer’s Remorse

What makes for a good first car? Safe transportation that you spend more time driving than fixing. Review some guidlines for buying a first car.

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Jun 28, 2017

DIY Automotive Maintenance and Car Repairs You Can Do

Is DIY automotive maintenance still possible? Learn how to tell a DIY car repair from something you should pay an auto mechanic to do.

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Jun 26, 2017

Replacing Nissan Cabin Filters Located Behind the Glovebox

See how easy replacing Nissan cabin filters is on the Maxima, Altima and Murano. The instructions and video also cover the Infiniti pollen filters.

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Jun 22, 2017

Take the Auto Repair Tools Quiz

This auto repair tools quiz is a tough one. Car mechanics use some strange looking equipment to fix automobiles. How many can you get right?

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Jun 20, 2017

Common Ignition Module Failure Cause and Correction

Review common ignition module failure issues on popular makes and models. Discover symptoms associated with ignition control module problems.

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Jun 19, 2017

Mass Air Flow Sensor Car Problems

See mass air flow sensor parts known to be unreliable. Review common symptoms and check engine light codes for failed MAF sensor components.

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Jun 07, 2017

Heating and Air Conditioning Control Panel

We're finding the heating and air conditioning control panel on older GM vehicles unreliable. Review symptoms of a failed car AC control head.

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Jun 02, 2017

Nissan Knock Sensor Code Problems Explained

The Nissan knock sensor code remains a common issue on many models. Repairing it the right way is a tough job, but there may be a simpler solution.

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May 29, 2017

A Bad Car AC Relay Stops the Compressor from Working

See how a bad car AC relay causes your AC to blow warm air. More importantly find replacement parts, diagnostic steps and technical tips to solve this issue.

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May 28, 2017

Camshaft Position Actuator Solenoid Valve Repair Diagram

Camshaft position actuator solenoid valve codes P0110 through P0115 explained. See component location diagrams, repair procedures and updated parts.

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May 27, 2017

Intake Air Temperature Sensor Problems Solved

Learn how to handle intake air temperature sensor diagnosis and repair. See the complaint, cause and correction for P0113 IAT sensor malfunction.

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May 22, 2017

See Why Bad AC Systems Come Standard on Old Cars

Do you think all old cars have bad AC systems? Review two of the biggest automotive air conditioning system innovations in recent years.

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May 15, 2017

Top 5 Cheap Cars that Look Expensive

Review the top five cheap cars that look expensive. These luxury automobiles have timeless style and high performance at bargain basement prices.

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Apr 30, 2017

Top 5 Maintenance Items Your Car Needs at 100k Miles

Review 5 maintenance items your car needs at 100k miles. This list is important for those buying a high mileage car with an unknown history.

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Apr 21, 2017

Take the Car Repair Knowledge Quiz on FixMyOldRide.com

The car repair knowledge quiz quickly tests your depth of automotive knowledge. Answer five simple questions and grade your auto repair skills.

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Apr 17, 2017

Should You Rebuild a Carburetor Instead of Replacing It

Can you rebuild a carburetor yourself? Review common internal carburetor problems, the overhaul procedure and how to make bench adjustments.

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