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Check the A/C drains are not blocked. The A/C condensates moisture from the air at the evaporator behind the dashboard. If the drains are blocked you will have a pool of water there ready to evaporate. The moisture will go up through the vents and condensate on the front windscreen. You will need to look under the car approximately under the dashboard. ...


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Any vehicle worked on by a professional mechanic should be re-assembled properly You have a real mess with the zip tie. Obviously that damage cannot be undone, you can't undrill a hole. It looks as if the panel that was broken is due to incorrect procedures used to remove them. Interior panels can be difficult to remove if you do not follow the correct ...


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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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I think the point everyone else (and you) are missing here is if the weather is cold enough the temperature of the windscreen is below the dew point, your breath has enough moisture in it to do exactly what you're talking about. If the windscreen is below freezing, then your breath will first condensate there and then freeze. This lends perfectly well with ...


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If you can't find the source of the moisture, you can use a work around. You say there isn't a problem if you leave the windows open a little to ventilate the car, but it lets in the rain. A solution to that is to fit wind deflectors. Although intended to deflect wind, you can leave the windows open an inch without rain getting in. The stick-on kind aren't ...


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As I stated in my comments: They did the damage; they need to fix it (or pay for it to be fixed). This is worse than shoddy craftsmanship. Any reputable shop would not look like this. Their mechanic did this; they need to fix it. Take it back to the shop and point all of this stuff out to the Service Manager. Tell them you are not happy with the outcome of ...


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There is a screw behind the pop out cover, used to remove the door panel. This may not be exact match to your car, for example only. Image thanks to Jason C.


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You say that when you close the car, the air inside is dry. This might be the case, but cold air can hold significantly less water vapour than warm air. That is, the same air which was "dry" when you have closed the warm car will become oversaturated with water once it gets cold. And this extra moisture will condensate on those parts of your car which cool ...


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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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Yes, the liquid and vapors are harmful. Use plastic gloves and face-shield while handling the battery and cleanup. Open the doors and allow the car to air out a little vacate some of the fumes before cleaning up the acid. Liberally (Use a lot!) cover the spill with baking soda. This will neutralize and soak up the acid. This will take 30 minutes to an hour ...


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It probably has a Climate Control unit which regulates the temperature automatically. This means that the air conditioner should always try to reach the requested temperature. So when it's outside 30 degrees celcius and you request 20 degrees, then your car enables the A/C to reach that temperature. The A/C will stop running, when the temperature is reached,...


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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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Get an insulating blanket for at least your windshield. You place this over the windshield at night, and it prevents frost from forming. The windscreen is the most difficult to get ice-free, so this usually reduces the time to get the car ice-free by half. These can be bought in auto supply shops. There are also blankets that go over all windows. Edit: ...


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We had a Ford Ka that constantly fogged up as you describe. It turned out to be a badly fitted windscreen that leaked water in slowly. We tried to patch this by putting in the sealant around leaking areas but in the end, a new windscreen was the solution for us. Finding that there was water getting in was very hard and took weeks of effort. We could ...


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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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The post is not so much direct techniques as those will vary by type of roof and upholstery, age, and condition. Automobile upholstery falls under two basic types that being either true leather or a vinyl pseudo-leather. The pseudo-leathers (vegan leathers) are synthetic “breathable” leather substitutes, basically are plastic coatings, usually ...


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From www.reference.com: The "Econ" or "Eco" button, usually located on the dash, adjusts certain things on the car to improve the automobile's fuel economy. Not all cars have an Econ button, but those that do change in similar ways when the button is depressed. Essentially, the ECON button is making the vehicle act in a more economic and eco-friendly way....


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Rattling has to do with loose parts. The bass frequencies are causing the parts to vibrate against each other. You will need to isolate the rattle, and tighten the part making the noise. Many times it just needs a little adjustment. If the part is unable to be tightened any farther, you may need to add some type of buffer material, like thin foam padding. ...


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The trick is to get rid of the moisture when your car is nice and warm. When you park at the end of the day, open the doors (or windows, but doors are faster) for a minute and let the warm moist air escape, otherwise all that moisture will condense on your windshield as it cools down. Source: Live in a cold climate


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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