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

Aug 11, 2022

The Vortec Engine Distributor Problem Solved

Solve the Vortec engine distributor problem right now. Review diagnostic and repair procedures for distributor issues on the popular Vortec engines.

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Aug 09, 2022

Chevy Cruze Coolant Leak Symptoms and Repair

The Chevy Cruze coolant leak symptoms include lack of heat, burning coolant smell, gurgling and even a check engine light code P0597 through P0599.

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Jul 14, 2022

Solution to the Chevrolet Truck Ignition Switch Problem

The Chevrolet truck ignition switch problem might require a new ignition switch. Learn about the security problems associated with a bad lock cylinder. Find replacement parts and repair tips for both problems.

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Jul 05, 2022

Fix the Chevy Engine Oil Pressure Problem for Good

Chevy engine oil pressure problems on the rise. Erratic oil readings and check engine lights happening. Symptoms include oil gauge issues and code P0521 engine oil pressure sensor malfunction.

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Jun 21, 2022

Get Real Fuel Economy Improvements Now

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.

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Apr 06, 2022

Compare The Standard Infiniti Q Versus the Red Sport Edition

Compare the Infiniti Q versus the Red Sport edition. Mechanic and Q owner provides detailed opinions. See if the Red Sport edition is worth the extra $15k.

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Feb 28, 2022

Infiniti Q50 Problems Covered Under Warranty

Learn about Infiniti Q50 problems covered under warranty. We discuss some of the most common problems and talk about the limited warranty on these failures.

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Jan 24, 2022

See Five Things Your Q50 Needs Now and in the Future

Discover five things your Q50 needs now or in the near future. If it's the first Q from 2013 or a new one, the car hasn't changed much and requires similar repairs.

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Oct 22, 2021

The Ford Triton Timing Chain Problem and Solution

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.

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Oct 19, 2021

Should You Rebuild a Carburetor Instead of Replacing It

Can you rebuild a carburetor yourself? Review common internal carburetor problems, the overhaul procedure and how to make bench adjustments.

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Oct 19, 2021

Top 5 Cheap Cars that Look Expensive

Review the top five cheap cars that look expensive. These luxury rides have timeless style and high performance at bargain basement prices. Think you can’t afford luxury and performance? Think again.

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Jun 29, 2021

Tips for Using Car Air Conditioning Stop Leak on FixMyOldRide.com

A common air conditioner problem is when the Freon leaks out. Learn how to find the leak. See if using car air conditioning stop leak works.

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Jan 03, 2021

Chevrolet Brake Switch Problems and Solutions

Common Chevrolet brake switch problems cause issues with the cruise control. The cruise control light comes on but the system will not set or hold speed.

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Feb 11, 2020

Reduced Engine Power Problem Fixed on FixMyOldRide.com

Review the common causes of the reduced engine power warning message. The possible car repairs range from a loose ground to failure of the TPS and throttle actuator assembly.

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Feb 11, 2020

Top 5 Maintenance Items Your Car Needs at 100k Miles

Review 5 maintenance items your car needs at 100k miles. An important list for those with high mileage cars and an unknown maintenance history.

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Feb 05, 2020

The Toyota Vacuum Switch Valve is a Possible Cause of Emission Codes

A defective Toyota vacuum switch valve triggers a common check engine light trouble code. Find out where they locate the part and how to test it.

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May 01, 2019

Guidance for the Chevy V8 Oil Pan Leak

The Chevy V8 oil pan leak remains a common issue on 10-year-old Chevrolet trucks with over 100,000 miles. See how to diagnose, repair and get parts for the job.

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Mar 22, 2019

Does Your Honda Harmonic Balancer Crankshaft Pulley Need Replacing?

Apparently the Honda harmonic balancer crankshaft pulley will not last as long as the reliable Honda engine. See symptoms and replacement tips for Honda pulleys.

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Feb 20, 2019

Tackle These Common Chevy Colorado Passlock Problems

Chevy Colorado passlock problems remain a common issue on older trucks. Learn how to perform the reset procedure and replace the ignition lock cylinder.

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