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.
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.
The Chevrolet intermittent electrical problem can drive you crazy. These vehicles intermittently lose power to the dashboard, radio and electrical system. See two causes.
Can you rebuild a carburetor yourself? Review common internal carburetor problems, the overhaul procedure and how to make bench adjustments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Review ignition module failure issues on popular year, make and models. Learn symptoms associated with bad ignition control modules and how to diagnose failure.
The Chevrolet coolant temperature sensor problem. Stop replacing good thermostats and water pumps. Learn how to confirm the coolant temperature sensor is the problem.
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.
A Chevrolet truck ignition switch problem might require a new switch. Learn about security problems, find replacement parts and repair tips for ignition problems.
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.
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.
Solve the Vortec engine distributor problem right now. Review diagnostic and repair procedures for distributor issues on the most popular Vortec engine sizes.
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.
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.
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.
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.