Tag Archives: Interior & Trim

Annoying Rattle Noise

A couple times now, I’ve had a car come into the shop with a complaint of a rattling noise while driving. Squeaks and rattles inside the car can be hard to find because it could be two pieces of trim … Continue reading

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Bedazzled Cars

I like putting a personal touch on my cars, and I’m not the only one. Many people like bumper stickers, but I’ve seen a couple cars recently with a different modification that’s a bit more shiny.

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The Most Unusual Job of the Year

This was a weird one. I’m not entirely sure how to describe everything about this one, but if anything fits the name Mechanical Malarkey, it was this job. Let’s start with the original customer complaint.

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Working on Family Minivans

It usually doesn’t matter whether a customer has kids. If I’m doing any kind of work outside the car, or on the engine, it doesn’t matter. But then if I have to work on the interior, it can make things … Continue reading

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Duct-taped Trim

In a recent post I showed what duct tape does to paint on a car. It’s also not a good idea to use inside your car.

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Aftermarket Making Hard Jobs Harder

Recently I had to replace the heater box on a Honda Fit. To do this I had to remove the dashboard, which is a long, tedious job, even though I’ve done it a couple times already. This one took a … Continue reading

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Rusted Screw Complaint

The dealership recently delivered a used Odyssey to a customer. When they came in for a few repairs they said they didn’t like that the screws holding down the trim over the rear seat anchors were rusty.

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Filthy Interiors

I’ve seen cars filled with trash, I’ve seen dirty floor mats, but then there are some cars where I put on gloves before driving.

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Leaking Heater Core Cleanup

Normally you do everything you can to keep water out of the passenger compartment of a car. However, if you don’t want to freeze when it’s cold outside, you need to bring some water inside, preferably contained within the heater … Continue reading

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Frequent Interior Work

One of the jobs I dislike but am given a lot is interior work. In some cases it’s remote start installation on brand new cars, but other times it’s a bit more. In the past couple weeks I’ve spent a … Continue reading

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