Crack in my instrument panel

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  1. SW Prius

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    I have a hairline crack in the plastic that covers the instrument readout (ready, lights, etc). My car is almost brand new and I'm sure it is covered under warranty. I'd appreciate feedback on my concern that in removing the dash to fix it, I might wind up with squeaks and creaks after they are done. That seems so common when they remove the dashboard.

    What would you do if it was you? I know there are a lot of knowledgeable folks on the forum and appreciate the advice
     
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    If it's perfectly vertical just to the right of the MPH display area it's just a seam where 2 different pieces meet.
     
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    I just did a search using different terms and see that other people have had this problem... I noticed it when I first got it but it was so slight I didn't think about it. Now it is really obvious, one piece sticks out further than the other. Guess there is nothing to do for it. Sure seems odd, guess it is because the piece is so long and it needed expansion ability?
     
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    That is the one. I can actually feel a raw edge. Guess some fit better than others!

    While on the subject of the dash, on sunny days I get a fair amount of reflection on the lower part of the windshield of the dash. Is there anything to help with that?
     
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    No good thoughts there...polarized sunglasses?
     
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    Daylight glare from the dash

    Hi Elizabeth, welcome to PriusChat! Not much can be done about daylight reflection of the dash in the windshield; it stems from the acute angle of the windshield. Some have tried rug-like dash covers, which may absorb or diffuse the sunlight so it isn't as noticeable, but I don't like a fuzzy dash.
     
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    There are better places to hide crack than your instrument panel. Try the secret drawer in the center console.

    :D
     
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    Re: Daylight glare from the dash

    Hi Bill - thanks for the info which I'd pretty much concluded... Toyota seems to have dropped the ball in a few areas - windshield glare and the green goblin night light being the two most obvious for me, as seeing out the windshield well is kind of a priority :)

    I don't care for fuzzy dashes either plus they are dust collectors and not good for allergies. So I'll learn to live with it and hope they fix it in the future.
     
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