Questions tagged [interior]

Use the interior tag for questions regarding issues with the inside of a vehicle. ALso include a make and model tag.

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How Do You Keep Mold From Growing In a Non-Running Car That Has Leaky Windows?

I have a car that isn't running at the moment, but that soon will be. Where I live, it rains 7 days per week, and I've recently cleaned mold from the interior of the vehicle. What types of things ...
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Why does my 2007 Lexus ES350 have a sticky dash

I recently bought a 2007 Lexus ES350 nice car but the dash has some sticky stuff on it that
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2004 VW Passat B5 Cigarette Lighter Broken - Common Problem

The problem I have been having with my VW Passat was that my cigarette lighter was not working in the car. It is the only one in the main part of the car (there is another one in the boot) and it ...
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How to remove decomposed food smell from car interior fibers?

Car was parked up fro 3 months or so and it seems there was food decomposing in it during this period. I could see the food not sure what it was but it was all decomposed like with green bits in it ...
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Replacing interior lights with LEDs (2003 Jeep Liberty)

I replaced the bulbs in the interior dome lights in my jeep with LED's. In front, there are two lights - driver and passenger. In back, there is one. The old lights were too dim, the new LED's are ...
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Where exactly is the Check Engine Light connector on a 1997 Honda Honda Civic?

The check engine light on my 1997 Honda Civic lit up. I came across a method for troubleshooting (http://honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=1901557) but I'm having trouble finding the connector. Can ...
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Are oxide machines effective for permanently removing smoke odor from vehicle interiors?

I'm looking to buy a used car (2017 Prius Prime - leather interior) and the dealership informed me that there was a faint odor of smoke in the vehicle. They left an oxide machine in the vehicle over ...
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How to clean spilled drink from dashboard and control buttons?

A sports drink was recently spilled over the dashboard and control surfaces (radio, climate control, etc) of our 2011 Chrysler Towne & Country. The drink was immediately cleaned up and no damage ...
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Battery acid clean up

I was carrying a battery in the floorboard of the backseat area of the car. I was going to return it to be disposed in a week. In the meantime, it tipped over and a good amount of the battery acid ...
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Is there a standard size for automotive rocker switches

In my 2009 Toyota matrix, there's a bunch of slots (currently have covers on them) to the left of the driver. They look like they're the same size/style as the rocker switches I can find online, such ...
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How can I repair cracks in leather seat?

The leather on the side of the driver's seat has some minor cracks. I am using conditioner to help prevent this in the other seats but these cracks already exist. Is there a product or patch of some ...
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Volvo C70 2009 Convertible ceiling panels: glue has come loose

My friend attempted this repair with some kind of all-purpose glue which did not hold. What is the best adhesive for this type of application? As you can see from the photos, the ceiling panels ...
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Honda Fit moulding near trunk gasket is lifting

I got my car back from some shop work to remediate flooding (of the car). Seats were removed, carpet and electrical on the floor were replaced. It's been about 2 weeks that I got it back after about ...
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About how long does a headliner last?

Assuming a vehicle is kept outside, about how long does a headliner typically last? What if the vehicle is kept in a garage?
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Cross threaded hole on seat rail of VW. How to get the original size screw back in? [duplicate]

So long story short, someone managed to cross thread one of the seat rail bolts while removing and reinstalling the seats. They then simply tapped a larger hole and used a larger bolt to fix the ...
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What are the interior trims along windshield?

Hey I’m trying to buy the trim that is on the left And right of windshields. I don’t know the name. It’s on the inside and forms from the dash to the roof of the vehicle.
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Removing rear seat bottom: recent BMW 318d Touring

I've rented a BMW 318d Touring wagon. I'm not sure of the year but it seems to be at most a few years old. I'd like to completely remove the bottom of the rear bench seat (the part you sit on). This ...
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How do I disconnect my OBD port from my lower dashboard?

I am going to be checking my OBD port on my 2004 Subaru WRX for loose pins. The problem is that access to my OBD is uncomfortable at best (it's below knee level and pointed down). Even if I can ...
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Suggestions to clean duct tape(?) from interior

I recently purchased a GTI mk4 and it needs a little fixing up but it runs great. However, I would like to clean up duct tape residue but could possibly be other things as well from the interior of ...
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How are the rear headrests in a 2010 Ford Fusion removed?

The rear headrests can be raised only to a certain point. Pushing in the adjustment button on the driver side rail does not allow for them to be pulled completely out.
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Upholstery Repair

The seams are starting to fail on the front seats of my '05 Jetta wagon - it looks like the leather may be failing in places as well - so I'm starting to research repair options. I'm wondering: How ...
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What could have cause these scratches on my LCD?

I had to remove the anti-glare coating on my LCD (using plastic polisher) because the previous owner probably used ammoniac based cleaner on it. After removing it with Novus plastic polisher, I found ...
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Making cargo space even in Toyota Sienna?

I recently bought a Toyota Sienna. I fold down the third row of seats in order to make space for my dog crates. Unfortunately, the space obtained by just folding down the seats is not flat and the ...
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Keeping floor mats from moving - no hook on car floor

Looking for some ideas to keep floor mats from moving. In particular, my 91 MR2 has no plastic hook on the car floor to hook into the floor mats and hold them in place. The floor mats I have only ...
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Where should I mount the engine management electronics in a 1993 Ford Mustang?

Bought myself a 1993 Ford Mustang (2.3L I4, the 5.0L V8 was sold with it but the car was an I4 from the factory, so it lacks the stronger brakes, suspension, etc. -- The engine would be a drop-in/bolt-...
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2009 Corolla Center Console Cup Holder Insert won't stay in place

I just purchased a 2009 Corolla and the center console cup holder divider was missing. I found one on eBay (pictured there) and received it today. Though it fits, it doesn't stay in place; it just ...
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Clean mildew from inside interior paneling

My sunroof was left open during a rainstorm recently and the interior of the car got pretty soaking wet. I was able to dry up most of the visible water. However, a lot of water got inside the ...
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Removing interior trim pieces

One thing I am keen to start doing this year is to begin attempting basic maintenance on my car. My first job is the rear window washer. First, I'll provide a bit of background on the issue (just in ...
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Reattaching windshield mount mirror - '05 VW Jetta

The glue attaching the rearview mirror failed on my Jetta and I'd like to reattach it. I purchased a package of Permatex Rearview Mirror Adhesive (81844) on the recommendation of my local NAPA store. ...
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Interior Rattling

Alright so I'm big on listening to music in my car. However there's one thing, I can't listen to music (with bass) without the grips on the door rattling. It's only on the driver's door and the ...
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How to prevent or reduce condensation inside the car?

I like a lot of airflow and a minimal interior. My car has several vents and holes in it, from deleted trim strips, places that wires pass through the firewall, drains, etc. This is fine for driving, ...
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How do I fix a sagging headliner

My headliner has started to sag right over the front passenger. While it is not causing me any issues (it is not so low that it hits the passenger or distracts me) it is very ugly. What is the best ...
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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

With temperatures below zero it's always difficult to get going even if the engine itself starts without hiccups and I'd like to know what to do better so that I don't need to wait ten minutes before ...
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I have no interiors lights and my fuses are OK, what could be the cause?

I have a 2006 Hyundai Elantra Sedan. The gauges, courtesy lights, door locks, electric windows, and taillights do not work. Does it have a reset switch for my electrical problem? Does anyone have ...
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Where can I get button graphics/decals for car interior (preferably for specific models)?

I have seen around a few threads by the business that created this video. They supply (supplied?) kits to replace the surface of car interior buttons (radio, climate control, etc) that have become ...
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How to restore and care for leather?

I have an old car and I am wondering about the processes involved in cleaning the leather on it and bringing it back to an almost new looking state. The roof exterior is leather and the whole ...
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What's ECON and how is it used properly?

I drive mostly Asian cars which mostly have an air-conditioning interface consisting of a button saying "A/C". This makes sense to me since it's short for "Air Conditioning" (assumption :)). Also the ...
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Should interior panels be held together with cable ties?

I think I know the answer to my question, but I just wanted to be 100% sure. I recently left my car in to a well known, certified Vauxhall servicing and repairs garage to get a new pedal box. I'll ...
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What is this panel on the doors?

I've noticed that quite a few cars have a panel on each of the doors: I've searched through the car manual and it makes no mention of the panel. I'm assuming that it is some kind of manual door ...
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How do I reinstall the floor mats on a Renault Kangoo

There was a leek in my Kangoo and I 'carefully ripped' the front passenger floor mat out to dry it out. Now I need to reinstall it, it doesn't appear to be easy. There is a flap that needs to go ...
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Acura MDX rear-seat cup holder not opening

I have an Acura MDX 2008, and I recently noticed that the rear seat cup holder was broken. It won't open up. As I don't have a warranty on the vehicle, how can I fix this issue? Thanks!
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Vinyl steering wheel restoration

Over the years the vinyl on my steering wheel has fallen apart. I'm not so concerned about cosmetics but on humid days it becomes sticky and leaves a mess on my hands: Unfortunately, even the ...
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Find interior width of cars for three car seats

Does anyone know (other than a tape measure!) of where I can find the interior width from door to door of the rear seats of various car models? I want to fit three car seats in the back, which ...
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Are 2011 ford fusion headrests interchangeable between option packages?

The owner's manual for a 2011 Ford Fusion hybrid described headrests that can be adjusted back and forth in addition to up and down. Mine does not have them. The non-adjustable ones give my wife a ...
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Dashboard Warping

The dashboard in our car recently started warping around the passenger side airbag. Should I be concerned about airbag deployment? Is there a simple way to fix it before it gets much worse? We use ...
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Recreate new car smell

I bought a second hand Toyota Sienna 4 months ago. Even though it is a 2009 with 100,000km on it, the interior had that "new car" smell to it, and held it for several weeks. Four months later, the ...
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How can I restore leather color?

My wife has an '01 Accord, light grey interior. Her leather wrapped steering wheel was gunky and sticky and probably has never been cleaned, so I bought some leather cleaner, conditioner (both ...
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Floor mat holder clip hook for 2003 Honda Civic

I got Honda floor mats that fit the floor perfectly, and the driver's side has two holes through which hooks can hold it in place. There are flaps with square holes for the clips to mount into, but ...
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What should I use to maintain leather seats?

I have a 2007 Honda Odyssey with leather seats. What can I do to keep them from drying out and cracking?
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How to get the swamp smell out of my car?

My 2000 Mercury Sable 4D Premium LS (Duratec 24V DOHC 3.0L engine) smells like a musty swamp. The door seals leaked a couple years ago, letting in water. Since then it has smelled awful. I'm gotten ...