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

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 some guidlines 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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Apr 23, 2018

Solutions for the Ford Triton Timing Chain Problem

The Ford Triton timing chain problem remains a common issue on trucks built from 2004 through 2010. Learn about the symptoms that point to a timing chain problem. Review the repair procedure and see how to save time and money resolving another Ford Triton engine problem.

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Apr 16, 2018

See Why you should Fix the Ford Focus Engine Vibration 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.

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Apr 13, 2018

Learn How to Fix Common EGR Codes on Ford Pickups

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.

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Apr 10, 2018

See How the Car AC Service Scam Works

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.

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Apr 04, 2018

Solution to the Chevrolet Truck Ignition Switch Problem

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.

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Mar 28, 2018

The Last Headlight Lens Restoration System You Will Ever Need

Not all headlight lens restoration system brands yield the same results. With that said, even the better ones only look good for a few days. See the brand I use to restore cloudy headlight lenses. Then review the step that everyone is missing and how it extends the clarity.

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Mar 25, 2018

Fix Your Toyota Tacoma Blower Problems for Good

In order to fix your Toyota Tacoma blower problems for good it might require more than replacing the blower resistor module and the electrical connector. See why the blower resistor goes bad and what happens if you fail to take care of the root cause of the problem.

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