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Old 16 Mar 2015, 02:59 am
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Default Dashboard is splitting-cracking-broken in pieces

Is anyone else having this problem-my 2001 P.T.'s dash is splitting and breaking into pieces very bad?
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Old 16 Mar 2015, 05:01 am
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Yes, others have reported the same thing. Most likely the sun's heat causing the problem. There's no recall or TSB on it, you just have to replace it or buy a cover to hide it. If you do replace it, buy and use a cheap sunshade to protect the dash from cracking again.
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Old 16 Mar 2015, 07:50 am
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The early taupe dashes seem to be more prone to cracking than the later ones.

Here's the original dash in my 2001 Limited.

So I found a black dash out of a 2004 PT. These black dashes seem to be more flexible and I have never seen a cracked one in a salvage PT.

I then mixed up some taupe paint from Home Depot and panted the dash with a roller and some small detail brushes.

Then a applied a coat of semi-gloss clear spray enamel. It turned out nicer than an original dash.

And here's my newly finished dash installed with a new center bezel.

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Old 16 Mar 2015, 05:29 pm
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recentley had the same problem when I removed dash from my 2002 PT, It just crumbled like a giant piece of peanut brittle, Picked up new one at dealer. I also keep it covered with a dash cover.The dash cover does not cover the vents, or speaker grills For sound, but I keep a couple small clothes handy to cover them up when not in use.Also saw a dash for 2001-2005 at wrecking yard it was also cracked.If you decide to purchase a dash from the dealer make sure you inspect it at the dealer before you leave, they told me there was no return because it was a special order. I didn't want to get home open the box and find a crack or blemish and not be able to return. They ask for your Vin number to get you the orignal color. anyway hope this helps.
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Old 17 Mar 2015, 08:56 pm
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So let me get this straight---we've got 12, 13, 14, even 15 year old cars that have probably sat out in the sun everyday for all that time and the plastic dashes are cracking. Hmmmmmmm.

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