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

Nov 17, 2017

Upgrade Your Old Ride Before You Spend Big Money on Repairs

You've taken an old car as far as it will go. Now it's time to upgrade your old ride. See tips for taking the next step up in the car world.

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Nov 15, 2017

Review Common MAP Sensor Problem on GM Cars

See MAP sensor problem symptoms for many popular V6 powered GM cars. Review tech tips for replacing the map sensor without breaking the clips.

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Nov 11, 2017

The Vortec Engine Distributor Problem Solved

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

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Nov 10, 2017

Ask a Car Mechanic Right Now on

Ask a car mechanic right now with the virtual assistant application. Certified technicians are standing by to help with car repair problems.

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Nov 09, 2017

A Reliable Old Car Uncovered

A reliable old car reviewed by a master technician. This budget friendly automobile represents reliable transportation. You can also supercharge it.

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Nov 08, 2017

Review Basic Automotive Electrical Tools

You need automotive electrical tools on hand before you have car problems. Review initial electrical tests for many issues and a complete kit for $30.

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Oct 31, 2017

Door Lock Actuator Diagnosis and Repair

The car door lock actuator often fails when the power door locks act up. See how to diagnose problems and find inexpensive replacement lock actuators.

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Oct 27, 2017

DIY Power Window Motor Diagnosis and Repair

Power window motor diagnosis and repair falls within the skill level of many DIY mechanics. Review procedures and special tools that make the job easier.

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Oct 26, 2017

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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Oct 20, 2017

Take the Car Repair Knowledge Quiz on

The car repair knowledge quiz quickly tests your depth of automotive knowledge. Answer five simple questions and grade your auto repair skills.

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Oct 17, 2017

Tips for Using Car Air Conditioning Stop Leak on

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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Oct 13, 2017

Reduced Engine Power Problem Fixed on

Review causes of the reduced engine power message. Repairs range from the extremely minor zero cost to possible failure of the throttle actuator.

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Oct 03, 2017

Solve Vapor Canister Purge Valve and Vent Solenoid Problems

Vapor canister purge problems set codes in the P0440 - P0459 range. See common failed parts and diagnostic tips for the troublesome EVAP system.

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Sep 30, 2017

Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor Problems and Check Engine Lights

When the GM fuel tank pressure sensor fails it sets a code P0452 or P0453. See how to perform a diagnostic test, replace and verify failed components.

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Aug 31, 2017

Cheap Solution for Ford F150 Power Window Switch Problems

The Ford F150 power window switch has a high failure rate. If you call the dealer for a replacement you might get sticker shock. Here's a cheaper solution.

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Aug 30, 2017

Solve Automotive AC Expansion Valve Problems

The automotive AC expansion valve makes the cold happen. Learn the difference between expansion valves and orifice tubes. Fix AC problems.

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Aug 26, 2017

Car Schematic Electrical Symbols Defined

See pictures and definitions of common car schematic electrical symbols. Learn how to use automotive wiring diagrams to solve electrical problems.

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Aug 17, 2017

Review Common Ignition Coil Problems on Cars and Trucks

Common ignition coil problems produce symptoms like engine misfire, lack of power, bucking and surging. See how to diagnose and repair coil problems.

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Aug 11, 2017

Solve Power Mirror Switch Problems on Chevrolet Trucks

Why the power mirror switch goes out on Chevrolet trucks from the early 2000's. See symptoms and solutions for failed switches and stripped gears.

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