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

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

Do Older Cars Have Bad AC Systems

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

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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Apr 14, 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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Apr 14, 2017

Review the Top 3 Worst AC Problems to have on Older Cars

See 3 of the worst AC problems that plague older automobiles. In addition, discover how to get help with your car’s air conditioning problem.

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Mar 28, 2017

Review the Top Five Car Upgrades to Avoid

See the top five car upgrades that seem like a good idea, but could actually cause car problems. Protect your ride from self-inflicted wounds.

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Mar 15, 2017

Protecting Old Cars from Costly Repairs on FixMyOldRIde.com

The auto repair shop is always happy to see your old ride. Learn How to limit car repair expenses during necessary automotive maintenance visits.

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Mar 14, 2017

Why Ford Ignition Module Problems can Cause a No Start

Ford ignition module problems are common on older Ford engines. Fortunately, testing is straightforward and parts are inexpensive. See how to fix this common issue.

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Mar 12, 2017

See the Power Steering Noise Video and Fix Common Problems

Identify a power steering noise from other sounds while the engine is running. Review common power steering problems that cause PS pump issues.

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Mar 07, 2017

Learn About Mark the Auto Mechanic from FixMyOldRide.com

Meet the auto mechanics at FixMyOldRide.com. Review credentials, certifications and work experience of Mark Gittelman the mechanic that writes.

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Mar 06, 2017

Learn How to Fix Old Car Air Conditioning Systems

Old car air conditioning systems are hard to fix. See how they work with a diagram. Now let's try to get that old car to blow some cold air again.

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Feb 23, 2017

Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor Problems and Check Engine Lights

When the GM fuel tank pressure sensor fails it sets a code P0452 or P0453. See how to perform a diagnostic test, replace and verify failed components.

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Feb 19, 2017

Detailed Used Car Inspection Worksheet from FIxMyOldRide.com

This printable used car inspection worksheet will walk you through the inspection process. Bring it along so you don't miss something big.

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Feb 15, 2017

Tips for Using Car Air Conditioning Stop Leak on FixMyOldRide.com

A common air conditioner problem is when the Freon leaks out. Learn how to find the leak. See if using car air conditioning stop leak works.

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Feb 12, 2017

Solve GM Temperature Control and Blend Door Issues

If you can't control the temperature or direction of airflow on your GM AC system you're not alone. See the problem and tips for fixing it.

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Feb 01, 2017

Learn Why Cheap Cars are So Expensive at FixMyOldCar.com

Reliable transportation is important. Cheap cars could end up costing more in the long run. See how to avoid buying a money pit automobile.

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