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Chevrolet Silverado Dash

A Quick and Easy Troubleshooting Guide for Your Chevrolet Silverado Dash

Take your Chevrolet Silverado dash out of your vehicle, and you'll be nowhere near reaching your destination or knowing your speed on the road. Simple as this part may seem, it's actually crucial to safe driving, as it gives you all the information you need about your vehicle through the instrument panel mounted on it. Without your dash and instrument panel, you won't be getting critical pieces of information like your speed, fuel level, and mileage. It also lets you know if there's a malfunctioning part or a problem with your vehicle, such as overheating, low coolant level, or bad brakes. After years of frequent use, your Chevrolet Silverado dash may wear out and become defective. When this happens, it won't be able to display correct data on the gauges and activate the warning lights. A malfunctioning dash can affect your driving and jeopardize your safety on the road, as you probably won't have any idea if your engine's already overheating or your fuel level's almost empty without the warning lights. Troubleshooting dash problems right away can save you from accidents and even from high repair or replacement costs. Here's a quick and easy guide to help you get started:

Electrical failure

If your dashboard's instrument panel went dead, it's probably a case of severe electrical failure. This will prevent the dash from receiving power necessary to light up the panel, causing some, if not all, of your electronic gauges to malfunction. If this happens, trace the wiring circuit of your dash using a reliable voltmeter to determine which part of the electrical system is failing. The wiring harness should also be tested with an ohmmeter to check the power circuit for good ground connection. Once you've determined the cause of electrical failure, do the necessary replacements to restore power to your dash.

Faulty sensor

If only one electronic gauge is malfunctioning, then its computerized sensor has probably gone faulty. This will cause the sensor to send inaccurate information to the gauge, which, in turn, will display wrong data. To get correct gauge readings, replace the faulty sensor right away.

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  • A Dash of Care: Maintenance Tips for Your Chevrolet Silverado Dash 27 February 2013

    Your Chevrolet Silverado dashboard is probably the first thing people notice when they get inside your car. From glancing at the windshield, their eyes may move a little bit further south to the dash and its finish. If you have a nice-looking dash that's polished and well-maintained, your passengers will probably load you with compliments. You'll get the opposite reaction, though, if your dash is faded and full of scratches. Damaging elements like heat, dust, oil, and road debris may cause your dashboard to wear out prematurely, but you can prevent this from happening by practicing proper care and maintenance. Keeping your dash in good condition will require you to exert a bit of effort and take some time off your busy day, but it will all be worth it once you see your dash back to its factory shine and finish. Follow the tips we've listed below to restore your Chevrolet Silverado dash.


    Clean and polish your dashboard regularly.


    Dirt buildup will not only speed up the deterioration of your dash, but it will also make your vehicle's interior look unsightly and neglected. Cleaning and polishing your dash regularly will help prevent dirt from building up on the surface and in the crevices. The trick is to use the right cleaning solutions and cloth to ensure the dashboard's finish won't get damaged further. Automotive vinyl cleaner is effective in removing stubborn dirt and stains from the dash. If you want a cheaper alternative, you may use mild liquid detergent. Never use cleaning solutions that contain ammonia, solvent, and bleach, as their harsh chemical content may destroy your dashboard. To avoid scratching the dash while scrubbing it clean, use only cotton or microfiber cloth. Finish off the job by applying protective coating to shield your dash from the sun's harsh UV rays and to keep off dust.


    Repair cracks right away.


    If you neglect to repair tiny cracks on your dashboard right away, they will get bigger and form an unsightly web on the surface. Patch up tiny cracks with silicone caulking and coat them with car vinyl paint to make them less noticeable. You may also use vinyl filler to repair the cracks and sandpaper to even out the dashboard's surface. For a completely polished look, apply dash repair compound and cover the crack with texture paper. Your dashboard will definitely look good as new once you've repaired all cracks.