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Old 12-21-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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Cracked Dash?

Anyone else have a cracked dash? I just noticed when I cleaned up my car the other day that my dash has a hairline crack in it. Right above where I assume the passenger airbag is. I am not pleased.
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:54 PM   #2
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I do not have a crack in mine. Take it back to the dealer and have them replace the dash. Does your car sit outside most of the time as they might say it was caused by the weather? I have a black dash mat on mine so I do not get a reflection back into the windshield and to protect the dash.
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I agree with GearHead. Having it looked at by your dealer would be the fastest way to get this taken care of. I hope that helps you and you're able to get this taken care of as soon as possible.

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Old 12-22-2011, 11:02 AM   #4
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Man... dash cracking was SUCH a bad issue in the 4th gens. I hope it's not a repeat on ours.

In the future you may want to invest in a windshield visor thingy to protect it
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:23 PM   #5
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Yeah I know I need to get the visor thingy :-) Just been lazy about it.

Upon closer inspection it appears that it's not a crack so much as a break in the seal of the airbag door. I can now tell exactly where that little door is on my dash, and on the left and right sides of it there are gaps between it and the plastic of the dash. Not sure whether that's normal or not, but I will probably have my dealer take a look at it after Christmas. I'm going on vacation after New Years so if they need to fix it they will have a week to do so.
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:25 PM   #6
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Yeah I know I need to get the visor thingy :-) Just been lazy about it.

Upon closer inspection it appears that it's not a crack so much as a break in the seal of the airbag door. I can now tell exactly where that little door is on my dash, and on the left and right sides of it there are gaps between it and the plastic of the dash. Not sure whether that's normal or not, but I will probably have my dealer take a look at it after Christmas. I'm going on vacation after New Years so if they need to fix it they will have a week to do so.
How about a few pics?
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:38 PM   #7
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Lemme go take a couple. Now's as good a time as any!
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:56 PM   #8
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Here's a few. It really is a hairline split, but it's there and it bugs me. Also you can clearly see the outline I was mentioning in the last pic if you look at it for a minute.



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Old 12-22-2011, 04:32 PM   #9
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It looks like a trip to the dealer is in order.
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:35 AM   #10
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So the passenger AB comes out the top, eh?
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:48 PM   #11
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Washing my car today I found the same thing!!! Its about time for me to take it in for a few other problems to prior to the basic 3yr/36k mile bumper to bumper is up (at 1.75yr/29k right now).
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:34 PM   #12
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Passenger airbags almost always come out the top of the dash thats why it is so important to have a good windshield installer, if you dont it will pop and fly away and not help anyone
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:33 PM   #13
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Have your passenger stop putting their feet on the dash.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:41 PM   #14
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My car has this too. If you look close you can see a faint rectangle pattern outline. Mine has gotten progressively worse meaning the outline is easier to see than it originally was.
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:14 PM   #15
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Well I just got back from Classic to take care of other things. The first time I told them about this they just denied being able to see what I was talking about (most likely because they don't want to do anything about it). This time I took it in to show the service manager what they did to it the last time (long story), and the shop foreman came out and talked to me as well and definitely noticed it and told me that he would look into the issue. I won't have it fixed at Classic ever again, but it's nice to know not everyone thinks I'm crazy.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:19 PM   #16
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it's cracking where the passenger airbag is....
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Homestar, is everything getting taken care of for you? I hope you're able to get this resolved. If you have any issues let me know.

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Classic Chevrolet is shit for shopping and service wise they are greedy people. Take it in to Mac Haik Chevrolet, i get nothing but good service there and sales rep is a great guy.
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Classic Chevrolet is shit for shopping and service wise they are greedy people. Take it in to Mac Haik Chevrolet, i get nothing but good service there and sales rep is a great guy.
He probably took it to Classic in Grapevine near Dallas/Fort Worth. I haven't been to any dealership service department that wasn't greedy. I still have to take mine to the dealership to get looked at but I already had about 37,500 miles on the car when I noticed this problem back in December. I'll need a recall/TSB or a winning lottery ticket to get it fixed.

The dash cracking must be part of the "retro" theme this new Camaro is based on.
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mine looks exactly like the photos above, I went to the local dealer where I bought it, a new dash is on order, myself and the service advisor both know its from the air bag opening, no denial but he did not like the crack any more than me. Good service. Ron Tilley
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I noticed it on my car last week and just noticed it on my wifes today... both our cars have 36k and 37k miles on em.... Looks like a trip to the dealership is in order... This seems to be a well known problem in the making..... Chevy needs to get a recall or TSB out... This is BS on a brand new car.



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What will this dash replacement entail?

If it's all one piece, I would imagine you are going to end up with some annoying rattles and squeaks afterwards. There's no way a service tech is going to put that thing back together with the attention to detail that it deserves.

I'll have to check mine out but if it were barely noticeable, I'd probably leave it alone.
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What will this dash replacement entail?

If it's all one piece, I would imagine you are going to end up with some annoying rattles and squeaks afterwards. There's no way a service tech is going to put that thing back together with the attention to detail that it deserves.

I'll have to check mine out but if it were barely noticeable, I'd probably leave it alone.
It's not too bad but I agree I wouldn't trust my service techs to do it. I'd rather do it myself. Mine appears to be fine as of now. But I don't put anything on my dash to put pressure on it. So maybe thats the difference?
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It looks like its splitting where the airbag seam may be. It has nothing to do with weight of pressure on the dash.... what im afraid of is... in 2 more years, wth is gonna look like??... i dont wanna say wait and you'll see... but it appears alot of people are going to see this issue. Oh.. and its very noticeable... you can see it from the drivers seat.

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It looks like its splitting where the airbag seam may be. It has nothing to do with weight of pressure on the dash.... what im afraid of is... in 2 more years, wth is gonna look like??... i dont wanna say wait and you'll see... but it appears alot of people are going to see this issue. Oh.. and its very noticeable... you can see it from the drivers seat.

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I know what it is, but what I am saying is if someone puts their feet up on the dash or sets something on it the down ward pressure and the movement of the seam can cause it to crack open. So to say it has NOTHING to do with pressure on the dash... is not true. It could very well be. It certainly would not help the problem. Plus it may have to do with extreme hot to cold weather variations where you live perhaps? It's fairly mild where I live. It gets hot and it freezes but not to extremes or very often.
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