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 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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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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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 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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Peculiar Interior Lighting Issue

Recently a friend of mine was driving a VW Fox (not new, I'm not sure what year but it was certainly 5+ years old) home in the dark with the lights on. Strangely, after a minute or two of driving all ...
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Remove smell / odor from car's interior

We recently purchased a used minivan and it wasn't until we got it home and let it sit overnight that we noticed there was a distinct smell to the interior. The smell is not offensive but it is not ...
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What is the best way to detail your car inside?

I bought a used car and its seat, doors, dashboard all needs some good cleaning job. I am thinking to shampoo the seats and side doors and then vacuuming it. But I don't know what shampoo to use and ...
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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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Minimum Care of Leather Interior

I have just bought a used Honda Accord with leather seating. I'm not necessarily a car enthusiast, but I would be interested in knowing the minimum I should do to keep the interior in good condition. ...
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Neutralizing sulfur-like smell from car

A full bottle of jewelry cleaning (links product and material safety data sheet below) broke in my car and went unnoticed for a few days. Now the car has a sulfur-like smell whenever I go into the ...
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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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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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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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How can you optimise the rate at which your electronic devices will charge in the car (fast in-car charging)?

Like many people who use their car regularly, I like to charge my phone when I'm driving so that it isn't flat with I get to wherever I'm going. I know that some computers have a fast charge port ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Remove interior stickers such as airbag deployment warnings from car

I would like to remove the stickers on my visors that explain about the airbags from my car without damaging the visors. What is the best way to accomplish this?
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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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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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Ways to increase driver space and comfort in a small car?

I'm the owner of a 2003 MG TF[see photo], I love the car although being 6'4" it borders on uncomfortable when driving longer distances and is not very dignified getting in or out, and my knees brush ...
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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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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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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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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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Interior plastics peeling repair

Some plastic pieces of my car are a bit peeled off and the black plastic behind is shown. Do you know any successful technique to repair them? The original paint is a matte finish. You can see ...
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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 ...
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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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The interior fan on my 2012 Fusion squeaks: lubricate it?

I recently purchased a used 2012 Ford Fusion. When the interior fan is blowing at a low speed (1 or 2), it makes an annoying squeak. Can I put a few drops of lubricant somewhere to fix this? Does it ...
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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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2004 VW Passat B5.5 - Why are my wing mirrors being weird?

Today whilst I was trying to park my 2004 VW Passat B5.5, I noticed that something to do with my wing mirrors wasn't working quite right. When the toggle was on the left position, the left wing mirror ...
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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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How to repair assist handle on 2015 Toyota Avalon

Not a huge problem obviously, which is why I'm alright with doing it myself. It seems like the spring has just come out of its socket. Album here Basically, it doesn't spring back up and if you'll ...
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VW T2 Headlining Replacement

I'm about to launch upon replacing the headliner of my 1976 VW T2 Microbus. Whilst looking for hints on how to do it I have seen a couple of blogs that say it is only possible if all the windows are ...
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Recommendations as to how to seal or protect brand new leather seats?

My wife just bought a new Subaru Outback with leather seats. We said "no" at that point in the transaction when they try to sell you $1000 of interior / exterior protection, but now we are faced with ...
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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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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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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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How do you replace the cupholders in a late 90's (1999) model Toyota Corolla?

The cupholder mechanism in my 1999 Toyota Corolla broke on the bottom and on the sidebar and they need to be replaced. How would I go about doing that? I assume the center console has to be taken ...
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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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Peugeot 206: Dash and clock backlights stopped working

I've double checked all internal and external fuses I can find, that being panel next to the battery and panel under steering wheel. I adjusted wires on my head unit but then when I put it all back ...
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How to protect the top of a sunlight / UV damaged steering wheel

The very top of my steering wheel is rough, where sun has damaged the plastic and eaten through to the cushion layer below. The common chemicals for automotive "uv protection" all warn against use on ...
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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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What is a good way to hide your cigarette lighter hub?

Like the title states, what would be the best way do hide/disguise a cigarette lighter hub (image below since i dont know the correct name). I drive a 2001 seat ibiza 6k2. A friend of mine put it in ...
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How to remove white stains from Lumina Dashboard?

Today I noticed that my Lumina 2008 has some white stains on the dashboard. Previously I used to gently wipe it with soft cloth with tap water. But now I started to clean it with drinking water and ...
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Cleaning interior of long stored car

Just bought a car which has not been driven and stored inside a garage for several years. How do we fumigate and clean the interior? Part looks like it is leather and part vinyl since some areas have ...
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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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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 ...