The Old Car Blog

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.

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

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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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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Chevy Cruze Coolant Leak Symptoms and Repair

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.

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Common Ignition Module Failure Cause and Correction

Review ignition module failure issues on popular year, make and models. Learn symptoms associated with bad ignition control modules and how to diagnose failure.

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Diagnose Chevrolet Coolant Temperature Sensor Problems

The Chevrolet coolant temperature sensor problem. Stop replacing good thermostats and water pumps. Learn how to confirm the coolant temperature sensor is the problem.

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Fix the Chevrolet Intermittent Electrical Problem for Good

The Chevrolet intermittent electrical problem can drive you crazy. These vehicles intermittently lose power to the dashboard, radio and electrical system. See two causes.

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Chevy Colorado Passlock Problems Prevents the Truck from Starting

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.

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The Chevrolet Truck Ignition Switch Problem and Solution Page

A Chevrolet truck ignition switch problem might require a new switch. Learn about security problems, find replacement parts and repair tips for ignition problems.

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Chevy Daytime Running Light Problems Solved for Good

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.

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Fix the Chevy Engine Oil Pressure Problem 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.

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The Vortec Engine Distributor Problem Solved Forever

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

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Simple DIY Car Maintenance Procedures You Can Do Yourself

Discover simple DIY car maintenance that extends the life of your automobile and reduces repair costs. See if these procedures fall within your skill level.

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The Top Five Car Upgrades to Avoid

See the top five car upgrades that seem like a good idea, but could actually cause car problems. Protect your ride from self-inflicted wounds.

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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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DIY Automotive Maintenance and Car Repairs You Can Do

DIY automotive maintenance is still possible. Learn how to tell a DIY car repair from something you should pay an auto mechanic to do. Try to do it yourself.

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Mass Air Flow Sensor Car Problems are Common

See mass air flow sensor parts with high failure rates on American cars. Review common symptoms and check engine light codes for failed MAF sensor components.

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The Affordable Car Diagnostic Code Reader with Advanced Features

See a car diagnostic code reader that combines advanced functionality with a nice price tag. This automotive diagnostic tool belongs in everybody's glove box.

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Cheap Cars that Look Expensive Top 5 Rides

Review the top five cheap cars that look expensive. These luxury rides have timeless style and high performance at bargain basement prices. You can afford luxury.

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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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