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.
Ford Triton timing chain problems remain a common issue on trucks built from 1997 through 2013. Learn about the repairs and symptoms that point to a timing chain problem.
Continue reading "The Ford Triton Timing Chain Problem and Solution"
Fix AC blower control problems on Chevrolet cars and trucks. The resolution to this issue includes an upgraded ATC module and new pigtail wiring harness.
Continue reading "Fan Speed and AC Blower Control Problems Solved on GM Cars"
Clogged fuel filter symptoms range from an annoying lack of power to a must fix no start condition. Review symptoms and repair solutions for fuel filter problems.
Continue reading "See Clogged Fuel Filter Symptoms and Diagnose Problems"
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.
Continue reading "Chevy Cobalt Clicking Noise Problem Solved Three Ways"
Solve camshaft position actuator solenoid valve codes P0110 through P0115 on GM engines. See component location diagrams, repair procedures and updated parts.
Continue reading "Camshaft Position Actuator Solenoid Valve Repair Diagram"
If the car AC clutch will not engage the root cause needs a little diagnosis. See the most common causes of AC clutch problems and a few uncommon ones.
Continue reading "Diagnose Car AC Clutch Wont Engage Problems Quickly"
Replacing Nissan cabin filters on the Maxima, Altima and Murano requires no special tools. I made an Instructional video Covering Nisan and Infiniti pollen filters.
Continue reading "Replacing Nissan Cabin Filters Located Behind the Glovebox"
Chevrolet Silverado tailgate repair is unavoidable on pickup trucks built from 1999 through 2007. See two repairs that will make your Chevy tailgate operate like new.
Continue reading "The Chevrolet Silverado Tailgate Repair Page Covers all Issues"
The Chevrolet intermittent electrical problem can drive you crazy. These vehicles intermittently lose power to the dashboard, radio and electrical system. See two causes.
Continue reading "Fix the Chevrolet Intermittent Electrical Problem for Good"
Can you rebuild a carburetor yourself? Review common internal carburetor problems, the overhaul procedure and how to make bench adjustments.
Continue reading "Should You Rebuild a Carburetor Instead of Replacing It?"
GM fuel tank pressure sensor problems set codes P0452 or P0453. See how to perform quick diagnostic tests. Verify failed components and review replacement procedures.
Continue reading "Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor Problems and Check Engine Lights"
For real fuel economy improvements you need to know two things. The max fuel economy for your vehicle and the current mpg. We supply this information here.
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.
Continue reading "Chevy Cruze Coolant Leak Symptoms and Repair"
Review ignition module failure issues on popular year, make and models. Learn symptoms associated with bad ignition control modules and how to diagnose failure.
Continue reading "Common Ignition Module Failure Cause and Correction"
The Chevrolet coolant temperature sensor problem. Stop replacing good thermostats and water pumps. Learn how to confirm the coolant temperature sensor is the problem.
Continue reading "Diagnose Chevrolet Coolant Temperature Sensor Problems"
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.
Continue reading "Chevy Colorado Passlock Problems Prevents the Truck from Starting"
A Chevrolet truck ignition switch problem might require a new switch. Learn about security problems, find replacement parts and repair tips for ignition problems.
Continue reading "The Chevrolet Truck Ignition Switch Problem and Solution Page"
When a Chevy daytime running light is out it usually requires more than replacing the 3157 natural amber bulb. See how to solve the problem and where to get parts.
Continue reading "Chevy Daytime Running Light Problems Solved for Good"
Chevy engine oil pressure problems on the rise. Erratic oil gauge readings and check engine lights happening. Trouble code P0521 oil pressure sensor malfunction common.
Continue reading "Fix the Chevy Engine Oil Pressure Problem for Good"