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Old 05-15-2019, 09:22 PM
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Cracked Dash Survey

What's up AZine. I currently do not have the dreaded cracked dash... But wanted to verify if there were any correlations between cracked dashes and driving conditions.

If you've experienced it go ahead and take that survey.

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Old 05-16-2019, 11:50 AM
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It's a combination of material defect from Acura, contraction/expansion of the AC system, and other factors as well.
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Pretty sure if you just parsed through the stupidly long cracked dash thread all of this info is already in there and discussed greatly over the past 7-8 years.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:24 PM
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Pretty sure if you just parsed through the stupidly long cracked dash thread all of this info is already in there and discussed greatly over the past 7-8 years.



https://acurazine.com/forums/3g-tl-p...-04-tl-688828/



do your own analysis
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:45 PM
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Pretty much every 3G TL will have this issue, it's a matter of time. Acura replaced my dash in about 2010 or 2011 and it's started cracked this year.
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:07 PM
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Pretty much every 3G TL will have this issue, it's a matter of time. Acura replaced my dash in about 2010 or 2011 and it's started cracked this year.
You keep yours outside or garage?
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:17 PM
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You keep yours outside or garage?
That's irrelevant.
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Originally Posted by alanfury75 View Post
What's up AZine. I currently do not have the dreaded cracked dash... But wanted to verify if there were any correlations between cracked dashes and driving conditions.

If you've experienced it go ahead and take that survey.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...-ijnA/viewform
so clearly I shouldnít have graduated kindergarten because I canít follow instructions.
I donít have a cracked dash and I completed your survey. But I was expecting a second page with more questions. I do think questions like ďis the car outside in the sun during the dayĒ is more relevant to a dashboard cracking than how many miles youíve ridden it on the rev limiter.
Also maybe garage kept at night might matter, who knows what that condensation overnight and then drying off during the day does to it.
ĎAlso, as the internet teaches you; ďyou get what you paid forĒ... on that subject I didnít really barter when I bought my TL, so I likely paid more for it than most of members here... meaning, my car is superior.
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Originally Posted by gatrhumpy View Post
That's irrelevant.
How so?
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:28 PM
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You keep yours outside or garage?
Garaged when I'm not at work, but during work it's outside. I use a Covercraft shade and it works very well. Have used 303 Protectant and Honda protectant with no difference.
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I kept my 08 TL-S garage kept at night and used a sunshade. Used 303 religiously in Florida, and the dash still cracked. I even went to far as to use under dash vents for the AC when I first got into the hot car. All that does not matter at all. The dashes will still crack eventually. It's a material defect.
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Garaged when I'm not at work, but during work it's outside. I use a Covercraft shade and it works very well. Have used 303 Protectant and Honda protectant with no difference.
Ah what a bummer. When you say no difference, did you crack multiple dashes, one you took care of and another you didnít ?

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I kept my 08 TL-S garage kept at night and used a sunshade. Used 303 religiously in Florida, and the dash still cracked. I even went to far as to use under dash vents for the AC when I first got into the hot car. All that does not matter at all. The dashes will still crack eventually. It's a material defect.
Ya thatís hard to swallow when you work so hard to prevent it from happening.
Im fortunate, with the exception of about 4-6 months when I first bought the TL, itís always been covered / parking deck during the day and garage at night.
i do use 303 every 8-12 months, but thatís about it.
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Ah what a bummer. When you say no difference, did you crack multiple dashes, one you took care of and another you didnít ?



Ya thatís hard to swallow when you work so hard to prevent it from happening.
Im fortunate, with the exception of about 4-6 months when I first bought the TL, itís always been covered / parking deck during the day and garage at night.
i do use 303 every 8-12 months, but thatís about it.
Factory one cracked by 2010/2011/2012 and the new one cracked this year. Maintained both religiously. The issue is the materials. First the finish starts getting cloudy and then the cracks appear as soon as rapid temp changes occur.
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I have the plastic dash cover and love it.
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I think my dash made it through 2015 (11 years) before starting to crack. From what I remember that seems to coincide with the paint fading and peeling.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:47 PM
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Mie made it 11 years as well, 7 of those in Florida.
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Old 05-23-2019, 10:23 PM
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I honestly never thought this would be such a contentious subject. As some have said, I could do my own research (a survey kind of doing my own research, lol)... And other relevant questions like covered or direct sunlight parked.

I was trying to see if there was a connection to increased suspension vibration, or proximity to potholes (like in NE cities), or varying levels of hot/cold seasons in different parts of the country.

All good input and I appreciate everyone feedback. Thanks to everyone that took the time to provide input. I'll share it here very soon.
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Mine cracked last year, during a cold day in winter. I haven't found a cover that won't interfere with the airbag, so I've left it alone.
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