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Heavy condensation inside car during winter. Tried multiple things, but no results!

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 ...
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Should interior panels be held together with cable ties?

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 ...
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Heavy condensation inside car during winter. Tried multiple things, but no results!

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 ...
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Heavy condensation inside car during winter. Tried multiple things, but no results!

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 ...
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Should interior panels be held together with cable ties?

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 ...
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What is this panel on the doors?

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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Heavy condensation inside car during winter. Tried multiple things, but no results!

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 ...
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Recreate new car smell

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 ...
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How can you optimise the rate at which your electronic devices will charge in the car (fast in-car charging)?

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, ...
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Battery acid clean up

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 ...
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What's ECON and how is it used properly?

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 ...
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2004 VW Passat B5 Cigarette Lighter Broken - Common Problem

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 ...
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What should I use to maintain leather seats?

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-...
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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

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 ...
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Heavy condensation inside car during winter. Tried multiple things, but no results!

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 ...
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2004 VW Passat B5.5 - Why are my wing mirrors being weird?

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, ...
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How to restore and care for leather?

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 ...
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What's ECON and how is it used properly?

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 ...
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Interior Rattling

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 ...
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Heavy condensation inside car during winter. Tried multiple things, but no results!

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 ...
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Interior plastics peeling repair

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 ...
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Ways to increase driver space and comfort in a small car?

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 ...
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Ways to increase driver space and comfort in a small car?

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 ...
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2004 VW Passat B5 Cigarette Lighter Broken - Common Problem

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 ...
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Dashboard Warping

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 ...
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How are the rear headrests in a 2010 Ford Fusion removed?

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 ...
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What's ECON and how is it used properly?

The "econ" button helps you save energy by turning off the AC-compressor and additional* heater. *On certain Audi models there ought to be an additional heater (powered by fuel) that helps to heat up ...
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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

Most diesel engines have block heaters for cold weather starting. This helps ease of starting, but also keeps the coolant at a higher than ambient temperature which helps reduce time to warm the ...
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Battery acid clean up

You've spilled sulfuric acid in the back of your car. This is a very efficient oxidizer and will happily eat it's way through many things (think Alien blood from the movies). It won't eat through as ...
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Heavy condensation inside car during winter. Tried multiple things, but no results!

Cover it Cover the windscreen on the outside with a small tarpaulin, or an old bedsheet. Weight it down on the roof, and on the scuttle. Do not trap it with the wipers. The idea is to keep subzero ...
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