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.
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.
Transmission speed sensor problems can seem like a major transmission issue. See common problems and symptoms of bad vehicle speed sensors on Toyota Camry models.
This strategy based electrical diagnosis guide helps solve automotive electrical problems. These basic methods solve both simple and complex issues.
The Chevy Cobalt clicking noise comes from behind the glove box. See multiple solutions for handling the popping noise created by the stripped AC actuator motor.
Solve Temperature control or direction of airflow issues on Chevy Traverse and other GM vehicles. Learn how to diagnose the problem and fix it for good..
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.
Sidestep the Chevy Cruze coil problem. See when to replace the Chevrolet Cruze spark plugs. Use this solution for the ignition coil issue.
Trailblazer camshaft position sensor problems on the 4.2 L also includes Chevy Colorado. See how to tell a cam sensor problem from a bad valve timing actuator.
Solve the Vortec engine distributor problem right now. Review diagnostic and repair procedures for distributor issues on the most popular Vortec engine sizes.
Identify the Chevy Cruze coolant leak. Symptoms include lack of heat, burning coolant smell, gurgling noises and even a check engine light code P0597 through P0599.
Chevy Colorado passlock problems remain a common issue on older Chevrolet trucks. Learn how to perform the reset procedure and replace the ignition lock cylinder.
Review Ford blower motor resistor problems and interior fan speed issues. See common failures and the Ford blower motor wiring diagram.
The Ford Focus vibration problem requires mount replacement. See replacement parts for model years 2000 through 2013 and learn how to replace them.
Solve camshaft position actuator solenoid valve codes P0110 through P0115 on GM engines. See component location diagrams, repair procedures and updated parts.
Chevy engine crankshaft position sensor problems are often mistaken for a fuel pump issue. Learn how to diagnose crankshaft sensors on Chevrolet trucks.
Chevrolet truck ignition switch problems can cause drivability, check engine light and security system issues. Review repair tips for Chevy ignition problems.
See pictures and definitions of common car schematic electrical symbols. Learn how to use automotive wiring diagrams to solve complex electrical problems.
Chevrolet coolant temperature sensor problems solved. Stop replacing good thermostats and water pumps. See how to confirm defective coolant temperature sensors.
Review ignition module issues on popular year, make and models. Learn symptoms associated with bad ignition control modules and how to diagnose failure.
GM fuel tank problems set codes P0452 or P0453. See how to perform quick diagnostic tests. Verify failed components and review replacement procedures.
Author bio : Mark Gittelman is a retired ASE certified master technician, Chevrolet Professional Service Council member and the founder of FixMyOldRide.com. Watch the video on the about Mark Gittelman page to see his credentials, awards and certifications for yourself. Mr Gittelman hand writes all of the articles on FixMyOldRide.com unless indicated otherwise.