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

Feb 14, 2018

Chevy Cobalt Clicking Noise Problem Solved Three Ways

The Chevy Cobalt clicking noise coming from behind the glove box can drive you crazy. Replacing the defective air door actuator doesn't have to be a nightmare. See multiple solutions for handling the popping noise created by the stripped AC actuator motor.

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Feb 13, 2018

Definitive Guide to Ford Fusion Blower Motor Problems

This definitive guide to Ford Fusion blower motor problems walks you through diagnosis and repair of 3 separate issues affecting blower motor operation. Symptoms covered include, noisy operation and fan speed control problems on Fusion cars from 2006 through 2012.

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Feb 07, 2018

DIY Ford Fusion Door Handle Replacement Procedure

The Ford fusion door handle makes a good do-it-yourself auto repair project. Dealerships can charge between $200 and $300 to replace the broken interior door handle on your Ford Fusion. However, you can get the parts for less than $20.

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Feb 05, 2018

Fix the Chevrolet Intermittent Electrical Problem for Good

The Chevrolet intermittent electrical problem can drive you crazy. These vehicles intermittently lose power to the dashboard, radio or other electrical accessories. See two common causes of the electrical issue.

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Jan 29, 2018

Tackle the Toyota Corolla Interior Door Handle Problem

It's just a matter of time before your Toyota Corolla interior door handle breaks. Of course, it usually happens on the driver side door first. With that said, see why you should consider buying a set of four handles.

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Jan 22, 2018

See the Chevrolet Silverado Tailgate Repair Page

The Chevrolet Silverado tailgate repair is unavoidable on pickup trucks built from 1999 through 2007. See the two relatively easy repairs that will make your Chevy tailgate operate like new.

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Jan 19, 2018

Resolve the Trailblazer Camshaft Position Sensor Problem

The trailblazer camshaft position sensor problem involves vehicles that use the 4.2 L I6 engine. See how to tell the difference between a cam sensor problem and valve timing actuator solenoid failure.

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Jan 15, 2018

Permanent Coolant Leak Repair in a Botttle?

Do coolant leak repair additives work? I believe in replacing failed parts. However, people like to try stop leak products. See why I’m writing about K-Seal stop leak for fixing coolant leaks.

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Jan 12, 2018

Symptoms and Solutions for Chevy Blazer Engine Mount Problems

A failed Chevy Blazer engine mount is a common problem. Review symptoms and diagnostic procedures to confirm a bad motor mount. Find new parts and service procedures for the S-10 Chevrolet Blazer.

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Jan 09, 2018

Symptoms of Vortec Fuel Injector Problems on FixMyOldRIde.com

Learn about the fuel injector problem on GM Vortec V-6 engines. Review common symptoms and diagnostic tips. See where to get a reasonably priced and updated CPI fuel injector kit.

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Jan 03, 2018

Chevrolet V8 Belt Tensioner Symptoms and Solutions

When the Chevrolet V8 belt tensioner fails drivers complain about serpentine belt noise. However, the tensioner is not the only part that causes noise in this area. See how to confirm failed parts.

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Dec 30, 2017

Solve the Nissan Altima Motor Mount Problem on FixMyOldRide.com

The Nissan Altima motor mount problem makes the car shake at idle. Learn more about the issue and see why mechanics recommend replacing all 4 engine and transmission mounts at the same time.

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Dec 25, 2017

The DIY GM Door Hinge Repair Kit and Procedure

Vehicles requiring the GM door hinge repair show symptoms of a sagging door. They can be hard to open and even harder to close. Stop wrestling with your car doors and see how to fix them for good.

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Dec 23, 2017

Learn About the Ford Door Latch Cable Repair

The Ford door latch cable problem makes it difficult to open the doors. You see this on Ford trucks from 1980-1997 and F-150s from 2004-2008. Learn how to get the door open and review repair options.

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Dec 14, 2017

Solve the Mercedes-Benz Crankshaft Position Sensor Problem

Defeat the Mercedes-Benz crankshaft position sensor problem. See why this sensor fails in large numbers. Review crank sensor diagnostic tips and replacement procedures for 3.2 L Mercedes V-6 engines.

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Dec 13, 2017

GM V6 Ignition Coil Problem and Solution

Solve the GM V6 ignition coil problem using a cost-effective solution that reduces repeat failures. See a list of involved vehicles and review common symptoms associated with the GM V6 coil problem.

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Dec 09, 2017

The Automotive Electrical Quiz and Practice Test

This automotive electrical quiz tests you on electrical symbols, diagnostic tools and individual components. Consider it a practice test for car repair.

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Dec 07, 2017

Chevy Cruze Ignition Coil Problem and Solution

Sidestep the Chevy Cruze ignition coil problem. See when to replace the Chevrolet Cruze spark plugs. Discover a solution for the ignition coil issue.

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Dec 05, 2017

Chevy Cruze Coolant Leak Symptoms and Repair

The Chevy Cruze coolant leak symptoms include lack of heat, burning coolant smell, gurgling and even a check engine light code P0597 through P0599.

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