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I have a 99 vw passat and one day i smelt what smelled like burnt plastic or like an electrical fire and it somehow caused my windshield wipers, horn, lights, blinkers, and heater to stop working. my husband said all the fuses are fine and not burnt out so it has to be something else wrong. what would cause this??

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Cabin air filter is plugged. Replace and vacuum out housing. The smell is coming from the fan which is being over worked.
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That is the problem. Or Your MAF sensor...
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But the MAF is located directly below in side the box.
If you POP off the large hose that comes out of the front of the air box. You can see the MAF, spreay it some contact cleaner for electronics not BREAK CLEANER>>>>>>.

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