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

Aug 31, 2017

Cheap Solution for Ford F150 Power Window Switch Problems

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.

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Aug 30, 2017

Solve Automotive AC Expansion Valve Problems

The automotive AC expansion valve makes the cold happen. Learn the difference between expansion valves and orifice tubes. Fix AC problems.

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Aug 26, 2017

Car Schematic Electrical Symbols Defined

See pictures and definitions of common car schematic electrical symbols. Learn how to use automotive wiring diagrams to solve electrical problems.

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Aug 17, 2017

Review Common Ignition Coil Problems on Cars and Trucks

Common ignition coil problems produce symptoms like engine misfire, lack of power, bucking and surging. See how to diagnose and repair coil problems.

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Aug 11, 2017

Solve Power Mirror Switch Problems on Chevrolet Trucks

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.

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Aug 10, 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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Aug 07, 2017

GM Dash Lights Broken, Thanks Headlight Dimmer Switch

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.

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Aug 04, 2017

Diagnose Car AC Clutch Wont Engage Problems

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.

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Jul 25, 2017

Automotive Strategy Based Electrical Diagnosis Guide

This strategy based electrical diagnosis guide helps solve automotive electrical problems. These basic methods solve both simple and complex issues.

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Jul 23, 2017

Chevy Daytime Running Light Problems Solved for Good

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.

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Jul 22, 2017

Repair Car Electrical Problems Like a Pro

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.

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Jul 21, 2017

Review Transmission Speed Sensor Problems on Popular Cars

VSS or transmission speed sensor problems can seem like a major transmission issue. See common problems and symptoms of bad vehicle speed sensors.

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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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