If you own a Lexus, you could experience problems with a cracked dashboard. Not only is a cracked dashboard an eyesore, but it’s also a safety liability, and it diminishes the value of your car. If your Lexus is involved in a collision that causes the airbag to deploy, the cracked dashboard has the potential to explode into many tiny pieces. This can cause serious injury to the driver and passengers due to the flying debris and shrapnel.
The interior consoles and seats of most modern cars are composed of several materials, including textiles, plastics, and leather. The dashboard, however, is typically made of a material known as PVC, or PolyVinyl Chloride. Although this is a durable material, it can break down when exposed to extreme heat and UltraViolet (UV) sun rays.
Ultraviolet light is the number one cause of cracking in a car’s dashboard. Unless you can park your Lexus in a garage, this could be tough to avoid. Anytime you park outside in the sun without the benefit of a sun shield, you risk exposing the dashboard of your Lexus to the sun’s UV light. The sun’s UV light breaks down the components in the car’s PVC dashboard, which causes it to separate. This will eventually lead to larger separations in the dashboard until visible cracks start to show.
The other main reason that your dashboard may be cracking is due to extreme heat. Unfortunately, if you live in a warm-weather area such as Florida or Arizona, there isn’t a lot you can do to prevent your car from getting hot. The best thing that you can do is utilize dashboard conditioners to keep the material supple, use a sun shield, and check the dashboard periodically for a powdery feel. If you run your hand over the top of the dashboard and feel a gritty substance, your dashboard is breaking down. Seek help from a professional Lexus service center to help to stave off cracking. If you catch the breakdown early enough, you may be able to save the dashboard instead of replacing it entirely.
There are several steps that you can take to keep your dashboard from cracking. Unfortunately, many of them can be difficult and time-consuming. It is recommended to seek professional help when making repairs or taking preventative measures to a cracked dashboard.
The easy things you can do to keep your dashboard from cracking are by utilizing a windshield sunshade to help keep some of the direct sunlight and heat off your dashboard. While in hot summary conditions, it’s difficult to mitigate the heat, even with a sunshield. Shade is always preferable when looking for a parking spot. If possible, choose the shady area of the parking lot to park your car. Also, keep your dashboard clean and clear of dust and excess items like notebook papers, discarded food cups and containers, and kid’s toys, all of which will trap the heat and possibly melt onto your dashboard.
At Tanner Motors, we have a team of expert mechanics dedicated to all of your Lexus needs. Tanner Motors is a family-owned and operated establishment that has been serving the Phoenix, Arizona area for over 15 years. If you’re looking for honesty, a strong work ethic, and family values, then Tanner Motors is the place for you.
Tanner Motors uses some of the most modern and accurate diagnostic equipment on the market. There is also absolutely no pressure on you once we give you a quote. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout the process, and we will never pressure you to repair your car at our facility. If you want the highest quality but don’t want to break the bank, we are the service center for you. We are happy to provide you with an inspection and estimate so you can make your decision on how to proceed after having all the facts and options.
Call us today to schedule an appointment, or visit our website for more details. One of our friendly technicians will be happy to assist you. At Tanner Motors, we always put your needs first. Call us today and let us earn your business.
* Lexus Car image credit goes to: Alexander Shapovalov.