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 dealing with the Jeep serpentine belt problem, there are three components that can cause noisy operation. Review each component and consider replacing all three at the same time. You can put a lot of miles on a Jeep engine so don't let the belt drive you crazy.
The heating and air conditioning control panel on older GM vehicles is unreliable. Review symptoms of failed car and truck AC control heads. See a list of the units with the highest failure rates from 1995 through the 2010 model year.
The Chevy Cruze valve cover is just the latest in the high failure rate of the plastic parts thrown onto this engine. See a list of symptoms, plus diagnostic and repair tips. See what happened when we called Chevrolet for assistance for this known problem.
Chevy engine oil pressure problems are on the rise. Erratic oil readings and check engine lights occur often. Symptoms include inoperative oil gauge and code P0521 engine oil pressure sensor malfunction. See how to replace the oil sensor and why it’s not the only problem.
The Chevy Cobalt clicking noise coming from behind the glove box can drive you crazy. Replacing the defective air door actuator doesn't have to be a nightmare. See multiple solutions for handling the popping noise created by the stripped AC actuator motor.
This definitive guide to Ford Fusion blower motor problems walks you through diagnosis and repair of 3 separate issues affecting blower motor operation. Symptoms covered include, noisy operation and fan speed control problems on Fusion cars from 2006 through 2012.
The Ford fusion door handle makes a good do-it-yourself auto repair project. Dealerships can charge between $200 and $300 to replace the broken interior door handle on your Ford Fusion. However, you can get the parts for less than $20.
The Chevrolet intermittent electrical problem can drive you crazy. These vehicles intermittently lose power to the dashboard, radio or other electrical accessories. See two common causes of the electrical issue.
It's just a matter of time before your Toyota Corolla interior door handle breaks. Of course, it usually happens on the driver side door first. With that said, see why you should consider buying a set of four handles.
The Chevrolet Silverado tailgate repair is unavoidable on pickup trucks built from 1999 through 2007. See the two relatively easy repairs that will make your Chevy tailgate operate like new.
The trailblazer camshaft position sensor problem involves vehicles that use the 4.2 L I6 engine. See how to tell the difference between a cam sensor problem and valve timing actuator solenoid failure.
Do coolant leak repair additives work? I believe in replacing failed parts. However, people like to try stop leak products. See why I’m writing about K-Seal stop leak for fixing coolant leaks.
A failed Chevy Blazer engine mount is a common problem. Review symptoms and diagnostic procedures to confirm a bad motor mount. Find new parts and service procedures for the S-10 Chevrolet Blazer.
Learn about the fuel injector problem on GM Vortec V-6 engines. Review common symptoms and diagnostic tips. See where to get a reasonably priced and updated CPI fuel injector kit.
When the Chevrolet V8 belt tensioner fails drivers complain about serpentine belt noise. However, the tensioner is not the only part that causes noise in this area. See how to confirm failed parts.
The Nissan Altima motor mount problem makes the car shake at idle. Learn more about the issue and see why mechanics recommend replacing all 4 engine and transmission mounts at the same time.
Vehicles requiring the GM door hinge repair show symptoms of a sagging door. They can be hard to open and even harder to close. Stop wrestling with your car doors and see how to fix them for good.
The Ford door latch cable problem makes it difficult to open the doors. You see this on Ford trucks from 1980-1997 and F-150s from 2004-2008. Learn how to get the door open and review repair options.
Defeat the Mercedes-Benz crankshaft position sensor problem. See why this sensor fails in large numbers. Review crank sensor diagnostic tips and replacement procedures for 3.2 L Mercedes V-6 engines.