Wife's 2006 Solara convertible (9K) developed.

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Wife's 2006 solara convertible (9K) developed some cracks on the dashboard trim. First couple cracks were on passenger side, end of dash and concealed when passenger door is closed. Now the cracks are in the trim piece above glove box door and in several places on the top of the dashcover. No squeeks or rattles, just not attractive.
The car is seldom driven, stored inside and under a custom breathable cover. While she drives with the topdown, the car is never parked with the top down. The leather and interior surfaces are maintained with Toyota leather and vinyl cleaner/conditioner.
How do I remove the dash trim and/or is there an alternate way to repair? Thank You, Frank

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 AT 1:25 PM

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Check with vehicle interior refurbishing shops, they might be able to provide sme answers.

Replacing the dash is a lot of work.
You need to remove the steering wheel of which care has to be taken to avoid damaging the SRS (air-bag) system components.
Remove bolts holding the dash, unplug wire connectors and HVAC cables (if equipped).
Remove the dash.
Transfer wireharness and components to the new dash and reverse procedures for installation.

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