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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is a hot staple gun good enough for interior switch repair?

Based on my previous exposure to this type of repair system and confirmed for your convenience in a YouTube video, the hot staple gun is aimed at repairing and strengthening flat surfaces of some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Special considerations for drilling into trim plastic?

Most internal plastic in motor vehicles is ABS, which is relatively "soft" when it comes to drilling. A conventionally ground bit can and will grab during the drilling, but it's unlikely to ...
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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

Ensure that your washer fluid is filled with appropriate temperature rated screen wash so that it does not freeze. What I find helps is to decant a small amount of this screenwash into a Trigger ...
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What's ECON and how is it used properly?

Economy is usually just "fan only" meaning that it disengages the compressor. The thing that causes the car to use more fuel when the AC is on is the load put on the engine by the compressor (also ...
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Interior Rattling

Usually, these armrests have fixings that go in from underneath - so the screws may be covered by plastic discs, all you may need to do is tighten them.
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Reattaching windshield mount mirror - '05 VW Jetta

After looking at a video which showed the mirror removed from the button, I realized that the hole in the center of the button would allow me to remove the T25 screw holding the retaining clip for the ...
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How to get the swamp smell out of my car?

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

Determine if the "Leather" is leather or vinyl. Then buy appropriate leather or vinyl cleaners, kits, solutions, etc. What does the process look like for cleaning leather? Depends on the product, but ...
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Vinyl steering wheel restoration

This falls under normal wear and tear. You can install a leather cover around the rim of the wheel. A black leather cover from an auto parts store would work. A better option would be to have a cover ...
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