Causes of Cracked Chevrolet Impala Arm Rests
One of the great features of the classic Chevrolet Impala are its iconic and beautiful looks inside and outside. However, cracks commonly plague the car's arm rests. Having these inside your car is a big blow to the interior's look and finish. The great thing is that you can get these detailed and replaced. However, if you don't know why this happened to the vinyl surface in the first place, chances are you'll find your new ones in the same condition very soon. To help you with the investigation, the following are some of the common causes behind cracked arm rests in an Impala:
Stains on the arm rests aren't taken care of.
Anything unmaintained is a big factor to anything that gets ugly and old. Stains are big threats to the condition of vinyl arm rests. The likes of body oil from the skin, spilled takeout food and drink, murky rain water, mud and dirt brought in by passengers, and many more easily stick to and damage the surface. Repetitively getting these on the arm rests, even in small amounts, isn't a good idea. Also, if these aren't properly wiped and cleaned quickly after the damage happens, the integrity of the vinyl is greatly compromised.
People put too much weight on the arm rests.
Arm rests are designed to be able to handle a considerable amount of weight from your arm and upper body. However, lean on these too much and you can excessively stretch the vinyl. The problem is made worse if you are somewhat a heavy-set person. Anybody who rides in the front seat of your Impala should consider sitting straight and not bend towards these supports.
The arm rests are excessively heated.
The vinyl surface of the arm rests easily crack when they are dried, and this is what precisely happens when these are excessively heated. This usually happens in two ways: overexposure to sunlight or extreme temperature inside the Impala. It's possible that you always park your car under the sun without any protective covering or shade. Another scenario would be that you live and drive in an area that's generally very warm or cold, and the air inside is too dry.