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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ford Focus engine vibration problem requires replacement of the engine mounts. The question becomes should you use Ford factory replacement parts or the less expensive aftermarket ones. Review the symptoms of collapsed motor mounts and see what it takes to replace them.
See why you can fix EGR codes on Ford pickups yourself. Discover how to resolve issues for set trouble codes from P0400 through P0409. Review a complete wire and component diagram highlighting common problem areas. See testing and repair procedures on Ford trucks.
See the difference between a car AC service scam and an automotive service that might actually help your situation. Many auto repair shops offer a car AC service. Review a few isolated situations where this maintenance procedure actually provides a lot of bang for the buck.
The Chevrolet truck ignition switch problem is different from lock cylinder issues. Review the difference between the need for a new ignition switch and the security problems associated with a bad lock cylinder. Find replacement parts and repair tips for both problems.