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There are so many different products you could go with for this. Only problem is the products are usually really hit-or-miss. When I finally found one that worked well I ordered as much of it as possible. Leather Magic, the name describes it perfectly. I used the delux kit a few times before ordering the pro kit. The delux kit sells for about $59.00 and it'...


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There are several products that claim to install a new car smell. Meguiar's G4216 New Car Scent Protectant is one of many that are available. Smell is a very subjective so reviews vary on these products. Automotive detailers use products not available on the retail market; one of these is likely what you smelled in your used car. Here is an article on the ...


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The charging system of a car can deliver TONS of power, so small fluctuations in the alternator or battery are going to be meaningless to the comparatively small amount of power a phone charger needs, so I'm going to say "no effect at all" here. Different models of USB chargers will put out a different amount of power, normally labeled in Amps or Milliamps. ...


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A new, full body car cover should shed the water so it doesn't get in. It shouldn't bead up underneath, so there shouldn't be a moisture trapping problem.


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CAUSE As it turns out, after further investigation a coin had fallen in to the lighter and caused a short circuit at some point in the past. FIX To fix it (at least in my case - the most common problem), you need a new 15A (blue) automotive fuse and a flat head screwdriver (or anything to prize off the fuse box cover). In my car the fuse box is located ...


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Clean leather seats with a good leather cleaner and follow up with a good leather conditioner. I personally like the leather honey series of products, but that's just my opinion and a little off-topic. More on topic is how often this should be done. A good rule of thumb is every three months, but your exact needs may vary based on many factors regarding ...


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Find some pin-on drapery hooks at a hardware store. I couldn't find an online image. If you can picture a lower case letter Y. The lower part is a pointed pin that can be inserted in the carpet. This will leave aU shaped piece to catch the mat.


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Definitely a knackered switch. The knob probably switches the common earth for the motors in each mirror so it looks like it's earthing both mirrors when it's in the R position. Like @Paulster2 said, you need a new switch. Try and find a service manual (there's usually PDFs floating around on the Internet) so you've got instructions for getting the door card ...


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I keep a big tub of Damp Rid or whatever I can get at West Marine in my motorhome when it's not being used to help keep the interior as dry as possible. It seems to help, I usually empty the bucket out every few weeks and there's usually at least a pint or more of collected condensate inside. Additional note from other another reader- West marine has a ...


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It's just in front of the front passenger side door, under the dashboard. It might be stuck down behind the carpet a ways.


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I successfully used some Griot's "Odor Exterminator" to remove a smell from my new-to-me car just this weekend. It was some sort of sweet-ish chemical smell, either from something the previous owners spilled or from something the dealer used to clean it.


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Put a towel or something over the steering wheel. This has the added benefit of preventing your hands from being fried to a golden brown. Better yet, get a sun visor for your car. I would give silicone spray a try to smooth over the rough patch.


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Yes there is a way of taking them off though it's not an easy job. First wind the backrest of the seat forwards and push the whole seat forwards on the rails. At the bottom of the fabric you'll see a plastic strip which with a bit of force (flat bladed screwdriver) will first slide from side to side but it should come apart. lying on the back seat wriggle ...


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This repair requires all the skills of a vehicle exterior painter. We have had limited success with the DIY repair kits that are available for interior plastic repair. They are OK for repairs to older used cars that we prep for sale. However the texture and color match is off better than 75% of the time. When it has to look original we hire a local mobile ...


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It would certainly help. Just be careful of bucket seats. If you have a bigger than average backside, the bucket seat's lateral supports tend to dig into your thighs and will make for an infuriating long distance trip. Also, spend a bit more money and get good quality items. I had a set of NRX (made in China or something) seats which broke after two years. ...


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If there is room behind the seat now (ie: you could slide the seat back further if it would let you), I'd pull the current seat out and remount it further to the rear. It sounds as though you'd only need about 2-3" more space to make it worth it. Most seats are bolted down using four mounting points, two on each seat rail. If these are bolts (or studs) which ...


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I'm sure it is delaminating from its support structure. You could possibly take the air bag out and glue the surface back to its support structure. You'd need something like Gorilla Glue and a boat load of tape to keep it down while it is curing. You'll want to do it soon, though, before it gets too warped. Once it's too far out of shape it won't stay down, ...


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There is usually a fuse just for the cigarette lighter socket, this is the first thing you should check. You should be able to find it in one of the fuse boxes. Looks like there is a fuse box on both the driver's and passenger's side in the passenger compartment and different Passats have different fuse numbers, but it looks like you are looking for a ...


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Turns out there is a pinhole on the passenger side rail/rod (see photo below). Procedure: Raise the headrest as high as it will go. The headrest must then be lowered slightly until it clicks into the topmost groove. (This step is crucial) Insert a paperclip like object into the passenger side pinhole and press in the button on the other rail. While ...


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If you remove the passenger side foot kick panel covering the ECU you will see it there. On the 97 it is the blue 2 pin plug.


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Use a hair dryer to heat them up and carefully use a razor blade to get under the edge to start pulling it. Use alcohol to remove any residual adhesive. Since it is possible that alcohol may damage some fabrics, use cautiously/sparingly at first. Applying alcohol to a rag and using it to wipe is always safer than applying alcohol directly to the fabric.


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Turned out when I whacked the dimmer switch for the dash lights and the speedometer etc section came to life (back-light came on). Clock is still not working but if I spend a bit more time on that I should be able establish what's wrong, I may have actually blown the back-light bulb for it. (I will update)


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The #1 solution is to fix the source of the leak, otherwise you will continually get moisture inside your vehicle. They have mold abatement solutions designed to kill mold. take a look at this thread http://www.autopia.org/forum/pro-details-before-after/112826-1979-mercedes-450sl-complete-interior-mold-abatement.html


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You have a couple options. I would first look at a site dedicated to Thunderbirds. I googled "Ford Thunderbird forums" and found several good candidates. A lot of times other enthusiasts will be parting out cars or selling their stock in the classifieds section. Otherwise you might be able to get some help repairing the track. Second, check on eBay. I ...


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They may be hard water spots. I would try some diluted vinegar applied with a soft cloth. If need be increase the strength of vinegar if some are stubborn. Once it is clean apply an automotive plastic treatment available at auto parts suppliers.


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It depends what you're going to be plugging into it - whether you'll be plugging and unplugging stuff regularly, and how long the leads of the things you are using are... Under the passenger seat could work, as could inside or underneath the glovebox. When I bought my current car, I found that a previous owner had wired one in behind the fusebox cover (...


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The part you are looking for is either called a release lever or a recline knob ... I don't know which, so you'll have to figure which one you need. You may want to call the company and figure out which one is correct for your needs.


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There is no real way to fix these kinds of springs once they are broke. Replacement is probably your best course of action. I think the easiest/cheapest way to go about it is to just replace the handle with one from a junk yard (pick-a-part, what have ya). The piece above the split should be a cap. From looking at it, it should fold up, so separates at the ...


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When I need to really clean carpet (in the car or in the house), I fill up a pump sprayer with assorted cleaning products (including dish soap, oxyclean, simple green degreaser, odoban disinfectant, carpet stain remover) and mostly water. Test your mixture under the seats first to make sure it doesn't change the color of the carpet. Soak the area down good, ...


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I would recommend an adhesive that is designed for headliners (ala Permatex). An alternative to this would be contact cement, although you might have some bleedthrough. If the headliner has stretched with age you might need to buy a new headliner.



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