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

Oct 29, 2018

How to Replace Chevy Steering Wheel Switches on Cars and Trucks

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.

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Oct 22, 2018

The Chevrolet V8 Intake Manifold Problem Solved for Good

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.

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Oct 12, 2018

Learn About the Ford Crankshaft Pulley Problem

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.

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Sep 21, 2018

Fix the Jeep Harmonic Balancer Problem the Right Way

Review the symptoms associated with the Jeep harmonic balancer problem. Discover some of the setbacks mechanics often run into when performing this repair.

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Sep 10, 2018

Diagnose and Repair Dodge Charger Front End Noise

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.

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Aug 20, 2018

See Defective Ford Fuel Pressure Sensor Symptoms and Solutions

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.

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Aug 06, 2018

Diagnose and Repair Hyundai Sonata Fuel Pump Issues

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.

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Jul 20, 2018

Chevrolet Throttle Position Sensor Diagnosis and Repair Help

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.

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Jul 06, 2018

Solve Ford Ignition Lock Cylinder Problems on Escape, Focus and More

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.

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Jun 25, 2018

Try Buying the Right First Car and Sidestep Buyer Remorse

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.

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Jun 21, 2018

Solve Honda VTEC System Problems on Accord and Civic SI

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.

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Jun 08, 2018

This Chevrolet Oxygen Sensor Fails in High Numbers

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.

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Jun 04, 2018

The Affordable Car Diagnostic Code Reader with Advanced Features

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.

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May 23, 2018

Tricky Chevy Cavalier Fuel Pump Problems Solved for Good

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.

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May 18, 2018

Diagnose Chevrolet Coolant Temperature Sensor Problems

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.

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May 14, 2018

Chevy Engine Crankshaft Position Sensor Intermitent Operation

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.

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May 10, 2018

Camshaft Position Actuator Solenoid Valve Repair Diagram

Solve camshaft position actuator solenoid valve codes P0110 through P0115 on GM four cylinder engines. See component location diagrams, repair procedures and updated parts. Find out why these sensors fail in high numbers.

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May 05, 2018

A Bad Chevy Door Jamb Switch can Cause Problems

A broken Chevy door jamb switch is a five dollar part that can cause a lot of problems. See how bad door ajar switches create dome light problems, car alarm issues and in some cases intermittent dead batteries. Discover how to properly test courtesy light switches.

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Apr 27, 2018

Why the Chevy Hood Release Handle Breaks and how to Sidestep the Issue

It’s common for the Chevy hood release handle to break on a decade's worth of Chevrolet trucks, SUVs and passenger cars. See what other hood release problems can cause the handle to break prematurely. Find out how much a new Chevy hood release handle costs.

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