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Any damage done to the car (likely, none) will have already been done. What you will have, however, is a car that will smell like theres a cigarette in the vent when the AC or heating is on. You'll have to dismantle the dashboard to get to it, unless you can see it. The easiest solution is to take it to a garage, and send the bill to your 'friend' who ...


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You need to get it out or your car will smell like a lucky strike forever! Fortunately, it's dead easy to remove the side air vents on a fiesta, they are easily popped out using a plastic body tool. There's a decent video of the process here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8NTu6YYQ2M If you don't have the right tools you can get sets pretty cheaply, or ...


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It's an interior temperature sensor for cars with automatic A/C. This is on my car, a Mitsubishi Lancer it's not in the same location but it serves the same purpose.


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The best method I've heard for cleaning really dirty vents is compressed air. Depending on the sources available, you should be able to blow most of the loose dust off the sides of the ventilation system. Even a can of compressed air from the local office supply store is better than nothing. Obviously, depending on the configuration of a particular car, ...


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Your Sonata has a cabin air filter (CAF). You should try to change that out first. More than likely, you have some mildew built up somewhere. The CAF is the first place to start.


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In lieu of a better (more specialized) answer, I would use high temperature grease. Nothing too expensive though, I doubt those hinges get hotter than 500F.


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The first thing I'd try is to use a flat bladed screwdriver to gently pry the vent slats back to the open position. Chances are you'll have a bit of a pop and they'll move again. If you exercise them back and forth regularly they'll likely be fine without any further work. Cleaning them would be a good step, an old toothbrush may fit, otherwise some other ...


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A 2002 BMW is a nice classic car. Unfortunately you will have to start dismantling the dashboard starting from the top piece. Usually it's phillips screws, some under little moveable covers. Find a service manual or a Tubevideo. After the top piece is off, you will see the defroster tubes zigzig down toward the heater box. Push some paper towels in to absorb ...


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If the fan is working, I'm guessing you have a mode door or actuator problem within the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) air handling system. The HVAC system is uses small electric motor actuators to control plastic doors. There is a blend door for temperature (full cool, full heat or somewhere in between) There is a recirculation door for ...


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Your truck should have a vacuum actuated blend door actuator which looks something like this: One of four things (I can think of) are going on with it: The vacuum line to the actuator is pinched or broken. The actuator itself is worn out. The linkage from the actuator to the blend door has become disconnected. The vacuum actuator switch (the part in the ...


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Ozone treatments can be effective in destroying "life" in a car. Bacteria, fungi, bugs, etc. However, aside from the human health risk, which is really only a factor during the treatment and immediately after (while the gas dissipates), there are vehicle risks. The primary vehicle risk is oxidation of materials in the car. For example, the "rubbery" ...


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Take a look at the question here. It's common for A/C's to smell like wet dogs, fungus, or any other unpleasant equivalent smell. It develops over time, and worse if the A/C is used only once in a while. Services like you describe are meant to remove that smell. I once had a car that really smelt bad, and getting an ozone treatment almost completely removed ...


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The way the service should work is as follows. If your car is equipped with a cabin air filter, that filter is removed. A special machine is put on the passenger floor. The AC system is set to recirculate which usually pulls air from the passenger floor. When the machine is switched on it generates a mist of a disinfectant with some pleasant smell to it. ...


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I was going to suggest something like body filler wire gauze but if I remember correctly rodents chew through that. We had mice in a caravan once that chewed through body filler gauze rather easily. So I'd suggest chicken wire.. I know its got quite large holes in it, but if you buy say a metre or two of it then fold it over itself many times this will ...


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As I mentioned in the comments, you can try looking down the vent with a flashlight to see if the object is visible. On the off chance the object is made of ferrous material, you can get a telescoping magnetic grabber tool for fairly cheap at a hardware store and try sticking it down the vent. There are also small claw style grabbers if the magnet doesn't ...


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I'm not exactly positive about the BMW, but would assume it's just like any other car. The A/C uses the same fresh air locations as the rest of the system. When in recirculation mode, the air is forced to go back through and into the cabin interior with little air being drawn from the outside. In order for the air to be cool (when going through the A/C ...


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In case you had the engine off while the fans were on, your car was in the "ON" state, which powers all the electric systems of your car. The fans were consuming most of the power which have drained the battery very quickly. You've started your car right on time to retain just as less energy as was needed to get your engine running again. The smell you ...


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While the HVAC system paths will vary greatly between cars, try these first: If the items are metal or contain metal, use an extendable magnet to reach straight in, or if it is further in then use a magnet tied to a string or dental floss. You can use a long hook (used in dentistry) to reach in and hopefully loop the item, or again attach it to a string/...


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I made a mistake as I double checked the operation of the vents and it turns out the middle vents do turn off when they're supposed to. I was under the impression the outter vents would turn off as well but they don't as they're tied directly to the mini-vents that point towards the driver or passenger window. I just closed the outer vents to direct more ...


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There are three main possibilities that are on my mind for what your problem is: 1) The blower motor is going bad and just needs replacing. I'm not sure where the access to the blower motor is on your vehicle, but generally this is a fairly easy repair to do. 2) The blend door in the HVAC enclosure is sticking or the motor is being overdriven, producing a ...


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STOP DRIVING IT until you get the exhaust leak fixed .You can easily be overcome by the carbon monoxide.While driving the air moving under the car is sweeping away the exhaust,when you are still the exhaust is leaking into the passanger compartment.


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