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.
Review common problems with the Ford Mustang VVT Solenoid. Surging, sputtering and misfires at low idle. See the design issue causing increased failure rates.
Upgrade the Cadillac intake manifold gasket when replacing the original spark plugs or coil packs. See some additional reasons to pull the intake plenum.
Chevrolet radiator surge tank problems are on the rise. Discover the years and models often affected by the issue. See what it takes to repair it yourself.
See why Chevy steering wheel switches need replacing. Learn how to remove the old switches from a Chevrolet truck or car from 2003 through 2007.
Review two reasons why the Chevrolet V8 intake manifold must come off. Repair the disappearing engine coolant and knock sensor problems on Chevy V8 engines.
The Ford crankshaft pulley issue affects cars and trucks with the 4 L V6 engine. See symptoms, years and models that often experience this problem.
Review the symptoms associated with the Jeep harmonic balancer problem. Discover some of the setbacks mechanics often run into when performing this repair.
The Dodge Charger front end noise needs a little diagnosis. But let me show you the most common issue on Dodge and Chrysler cars from 2005 through 2017 first.
When the Ford fuel pressure sensor fails it produces a narrow set of symptoms. Perform these tests at the connector before replacing a fuel rail pressure sensor on Ford cars and trucks.
The Hyundai Sonata fuel pump problem boils down to 3 possible causes. Learn to diagnose and repair Hyundai fuel system problems. View wire and location diagrams.
The Chevrolet throttle position sensor has a high failure rate on certain year, makes and models. Review symptoms and diagnostic procedures of bad throttle position sensors.
Ford ignition lock cylinder problems remain a common issue on Ford Edge, Escape and Focus models. See what it takes to fix the ignition lock problem yourself.
What makes for a good first car? Safe transportation that you spend more time driving than fixing. Review important guidelines for buying a first car.
Review common Honda VTEC system problems on 10 year and older Honda cars with 4 cylinder engines. See how the system works and how to find reliable replacement parts.
The Chevrolet oxygen sensor might not last as long as the engine. Find out how long these parts last and review the common symptoms when they need replacement.
See a car diagnostic code reader that combines advanced functionality with a bargain price tag. If I could put this automotive diagnostic tool in everybody's glove box I would.
Chevy Cavalier fuel pump problems are common, but other issues can cause stalling, hard starting and lack of power. See how to verify fuel pump failure. Reduce the risk of repeat failure with these fuel pump installation tips.
Even professional mechanics often misdiagnose the Chevrolet coolant temperature sensor problem. This can lead to replacing good thermostats and water pumps. See how to confirm the coolant temperature sensor is the actual problem.
When the Chevy engine crankshaft position sensor starts to fail it's easy to mistake the issue for a fuel pump problem. See how to diagnose and repair crankshaft sensor problems on Chevrolet trucks.