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« on: June 22, 2013, 07:53:19 PM »

The dash pad on my Aztek (the part that goes from the instrument cluster housing and vents back towards the windshield) no longer tucks under the instrument cluster housing and is separating from what is underneath (see pics below).  The instrument cluster housing is secure, so it is not due to the instrument cluster housing pulling away.  The dash pad will no longer tuck below the lip edge of the instrument cluster.  Does anyone have experience with how to repair this?  Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2013, 06:15:16 AM »

Can no one help here??
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2013, 12:34:49 PM »

Can no one help here??

Same exact problem with ours. Haven't decided how to tackle it yet.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2013, 10:28:32 PM »

Have you checked if the screws are missing?
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2013, 08:07:58 PM »

Have you checked if the screws are missing?

What screws?  There are no screws that attach the dash cover, at least not where mine is detached (see pics). 
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2013, 01:20:17 PM »

You have to remove a couple pieces to get access to them the shifter piece, the radio bezel, and I think the big gray plastic underneath the steering wheel. Then at the ends of the instrument cluster plastic holder you will see two or three screws, tighten those up and see if that solves your problem.  I know there are screws because the other day I took all my plastic parts off to get access to where the vin# is because I dropped my School parking pass in there and no way i could get it out with out opening everything. If I sound complicated just let me know and i will try to upload some pictures.
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2013, 05:58:17 PM »

You have to remove a couple pieces to get access to them the shifter piece, the radio bezel, and I think the big gray plastic underneath the steering wheel. Then at the ends of the instrument cluster plastic holder you will see two or three screws, tighten those up and see if that solves your problem.  I know there are screws because the other day I took all my plastic parts off to get access to where the vin# is because I dropped my School parking pass in there and no way i could get it out with out opening everything. If I sound complicated just let me know and i will try to upload some pictures.

Thanks very much for the idea, but the instrument cluster plastic holder hasn't moved and isn't loose.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2013, 05:51:05 AM »

Thats weird...  The only thing that I can think of is that it is sun damaged and warped!  For me its the next piece above that one, the onle closer to the windshield is lifting, no longer stays down flush to the pad.
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2013, 06:42:17 AM »

wait...

if you leave repair advice up to Diceallion, he will tell you to get out a sawzall and cut it off.  Like his Versatrak system
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2013, 06:11:14 PM »

Yes, I think it has shrunk due to sun exposure.  Unfortunately this part is no longer available from GM and my dealership's attempt to fix did not work.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Thats weird...  The only thing that I can think of is that it is sun damaged and warped!  For me its the next piece above that one, the onle closer to the windshield is lifting, no longer stays down flush to the pad.

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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2014, 06:56:21 PM »

Scary when you know me too well.

wait...

if you leave repair advice up to Diceallion, he will tell you to get out a sawzall and cut it off.  Like his Versatrak system
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2014, 06:30:58 PM »

Yes, I think it has shrunk due to sun exposure.  Unfortunately this part is no longer available from GM and my dealership's attempt to fix did not work.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Thats weird...  The only thing that I can think of is that it is sun damaged and warped!  For me its the next piece above that one, the onle closer to the windshield is lifting, no longer stays down flush to the pad.


Still trying to find a solution for this problem.

Has anyone tried a dash mat on their Aztek, such as the below?  I am a bit leery as to proper fit, but if anyone has experience with these and can share, I would be appreciative (and pics would be helpful).

http://www.carid.com/2001-pontiac-aztek-dash-covers/coverking-dash-cover-3859829.html
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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2014, 01:10:26 PM »

I don't know if this would be a solution, but the door handles on a third gen f-body will curl like that and there is a person over there that has figured out how to repair them and I thought the same process might work on the dash pad.  Here is the link to the article.  If anything, it might give you an idea of how to tackle it.


http://www.thirdgen.org/armrest
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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2014, 06:16:28 PM »

I decided to try the door handle solution. I do not yet know if it will work, but I bought some vinyl clamps from Harbor Freight to hold it in position before I glued it. Today was a hot day and hit about 87. When I removed the two clamps, the pad was stuck back fairly well without me adding glue.

I went ahead and ripped it back and used the epoxy and clamped it back. I wish I'd bought 4 clamps. One suggestion for people trying to do a really good job is to collect some pipe or dowels to put in the curved spots like between the vents.  Have lots of weighty stuff to place on the dash.

I really couldn't pull the dash pad back toward the driver enough for a perfectly clean look, but i mostly wanted it flat and close.

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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2014, 08:09:12 AM »

Do you have any pics of the end results??
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