On 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.
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.
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.
Learn how to handle intake air temperature sensor diagnosis and repair. See the complaint, cause and correction for P0113 IAT sensor malfunction.
Do you think all old cars have bad AC systems? Review two of the biggest automotive air conditioning system innovations in recent years.
Review the top five cheap cars that look expensive. These luxury automobiles have timeless style and high performance at bargain basement prices.
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.
The car repair knowledge quiz quickly tests your depth of automotive knowledge. Answer five simple questions and grade your auto repair skills.
Can you rebuild a carburetor yourself? Review common internal carburetor problems, the overhaul procedure and how to make bench adjustments.
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.
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.
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.
The auto repair shop is always happy to see your old ride. Learn How to limit car repair expenses during necessary automotive maintenance visits.
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.
Identify a power steering noise from other sounds while the engine is running. Review common power steering problems that cause PS pump issues.
Meet the auto mechanics at FixMyOldRide.com. Review credentials, certifications and work experience of Mark Gittelman the mechanic that writes.
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.
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.
This printable used car inspection worksheet will walk you through the inspection process. Bring it along so you don't miss something big.
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.
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.
Reliable transportation is important. Cheap cars could end up costing more in the long run. See how to avoid buying a money pit automobile.