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Old 02-20-2004, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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dash cracks

ive ben neglecting my 240 and now theres a big crack in the dash, what would be the best to fix it.
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I would go to the junkyard and find a good one. I have gotten two of then for $25 each. Or you could go buy a dashboard repair kit at autozone.
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Don't mean to hijack but is the dash one piece or multiple pieces.
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hey, my grandpa once told me that if you leave your window barely cracked all the time while its parked (in the sun), that it wont crack. So if you get a new dash remember that.
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dash cracks are caused by a number of things:
Cig. smoke
UV rays
heat
covering the dash and cracking the window will help, but at some point or another the dash will crack due to the sun breaking down the plastic.
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Old 02-21-2004, 01:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
 

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ya ive had 2 240's and both of them had cracked dashes.
-just go to the junkyard and pick one up.
i got mine for like 15$ each. way good deal.
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its the one piece ofver the gauges in front of the steering wheel
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its the one piece ofver the gauges in front of the steering wheel
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here is a pic. of my dash that i took out to other day.
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you guys ever treat it with armor all or black magic?
i think that kinda stuff will keep it from dryin out
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the s13 dashes crack all the time...i think it has to do with the type of plastic and i also believe that they will crack reguardless of what you do as long as you keep it out of the sun alot. the S14 dashes i have never seen crack so i think they fixed the problem. you could always get a upolster shop put on a new layer of _____ for you.
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you guys ever treat it with armor all or black magic?
i think that kinda stuff will keep it from dryin out
I would like to dissagree with that. I didnt use any kind of cleaner on the dash for the first couple of months I had my car and I dont know if the guy before me did but there were no cracks in the whole dash it was perfect. Then I used some armor all and the next day one huge crack right threw the middle of the dash. I was pissed. Havnt used armor all since and no other cracks have been there. Just my .02
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armor all cracks dashes!! i dont use it i use this stuff from work made by an autodetail company. but my car just got broken to and now theres a huge crack i was thinking of covering it in felt like a wrc rally car. i think this will stop the sun reflecting off it into my eyes and wont look to bad either
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Well how about this I am getting a s14 with a rip under the pass. airbag, how can i fix that cuz s14's are harder to find in the junkyard and im sure tha dashes are more.
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I would like to dissagree with that. I didnt use any kind of cleaner on the dash for the first couple of months I had my car and I dont know if the guy before me did but there were no cracks in the whole dash it was perfect. Then I used some armor all and the next day one huge crack right threw the middle of the dash. I was pissed. Havnt used armor all since and no other cracks have been there. Just my .02
oh shit... that happened to me too.. shit.. my dash was fine .. then one day i had the armoral wipe thingee and tried it... used that shit and it looked great for a couple of days but then later on the month i noticed a long crack right up on top of my cluster... and i thought it just happened to me... we should sue!
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umm...did u know this.... porsche use to give armor-all to all its cars untill it found out that it cause its dashes to crack.... at least that what i heard.... i don't use that armor all shit at all.. ITS SHIT. I just use leather conditioner (forgot the brand), i go to harley davidson (spl) store cause from my experience, those people carry the best detailing products. Just my .02 cents. plus my dash hasent cracked yet...only a little rip...but that was when i forced my dash out during some R&R.
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Anything with a silicone base will crack any porous material, eg...dashs, tires, bumpers, ect.

It will do so because it doesnt allow the material to "breathe" so it gets dry & cracks as a result.

The best thing I have ever used is Lemon scented furniture polish. It smells good & works great. Lasts for a while. I like to get the cheap stuff at the dollar store. it's the same as stuff like Endust, ect.
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holy shat, ii didn't kknow that with using silicone products.....thanks
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thats kinda strange...ive been using this stuff for like 4 or 5 years now and havent had any problems.
i use black magic though, im not sure if thats any different
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You clean your car though right? Before you detail it? Or do you just keep applying it over & over. That is the main reason for the cracking. People just keep putting it on, without even wiping the dash first.
I'm sure you dont keep your tires for 4-5 years. That is why it isnt noticable. It takes awhile for it to happen( 1-2 maybe more depending on the upkeep). Sun helps it along faster.
If i'm not mistaken Wesley's stopped using silicon bases for their detailing products. I havent used BM in quite a few years. I used to use it on tires, but there are so many better, less messy products out now.
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i thought we were talkin about the dash cracking? i have been using it on the dash for that long. oh well guess its time to find something else. thanks for the heads-up.
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