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.
The Ford F150 power window switch has a high failure rate. If you call the dealer for a replacement you might get sticker shock. Here's a cheaper solution.
The automotive AC expansion valve makes the cold happen. Learn the difference between expansion valves and orifice tubes. Fix AC problems.
See pictures and definitions of common car schematic electrical symbols. Learn how to use automotive wiring diagrams to solve electrical problems.
Common ignition coil problems produce symptoms like engine misfire, lack of power, bucking and surging. See how to diagnose and repair coil problems.
Why the power mirror switch goes out on Chevrolet trucks from the early 2000's. See symptoms and solutions for failed switches and stripped gears.
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.
You'll find GM dash lights broken on 1999 through 2013 trucks. See pictures of the parts causing the dash lights to flicker or not work at all.
If the car AC clutch won’t engage the root cause needs a little diagnosis. See the most common causes of AC clutch problems and a few uncommon ones.
This strategy based electrical diagnosis guide helps solve automotive electrical problems. These basic methods solve both simple and complex issues.
When you have a Chevy daytime running light out it usually requires more than replacing the 3157 bulb. See how to solve the problem for good.
Learning to repair car electrical problems is a valuable skill that no one can take away from you. See how this skill benefits you throughout life.
VSS or transmission speed sensor problems can seem like a major transmission issue. See common problems and symptoms of bad vehicle speed sensors.
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.
Who's responsible for an oil change performed incorrectly? The auto repair shop bears responsibility. See how to handle the situation correctly.
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.
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.
Is DIY automotive maintenance still possible? Learn how to tell a DIY car repair from something you should pay an auto mechanic to do.
See how easy replacing Nissan cabin filters is on the Maxima, Altima and Murano. The instructions and video also cover the Infiniti pollen filters.
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?