FAQs— Mitsubishi Dash Cover
- I am installing a new Mitsubishi dash cover this coming weekend. Can you give me some tips on how to properly apply the silicone or adhesive on the underside of the cover to achieve proper adhesion?
Since the silicone or adhesive adheres well in a dirt-free surface, you first need to clean the underside of your new dash cover with an ammonia-based cleaner. The proper way to apply the silicone that comes with the cover is only around the edges and vent holes. Avoid applying silicone to the middle part of the dash cover. Making a solid bead of silicone isn’t a good idea, either—make sure there is a gap in between beads. The tube of silicone supplied with your cover is enough to properly install and hold the dash cover in place.
- What's the safe cleaner to use when cleaning the dash to prepare it for cover installation?
It is a good idea to clean your dashboard with an ammonia-based cleaner. As much as possible, stay away from acetone, armor all, paint thinner, and solvents that are petroleum-based. Such chemicals are strong and can harm the dash surface.
- I’ve been doing DIY projects for a while now, and I’m wondering if it’s possible for me to make my own dash cover?
Yes, it’s possible, but it isn’t recommended especially if you don’t have the right tools and materials. You see, the dash covers available in the market are made by renowned brands in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. They went through rigorous testing as well as material and durability checks that you may not be able to achieve in your own workplace. Most of the aftermarket dash covers are tested in the assembly line, simulating in-car situations to ensure their durability. If you think you won’t be able to do that in your garage, then you can just settle for a ready-made cover rather than crafting a cover by yourself.
- I want to outfit my Mitsubishi dashboard with a cover, but I’m on a tight budget. Which dash cover material is the cheapest?
Dash covers made using carpet materials are more expensive than other types. Plastic dash covers are less expensive, and they also look decent if installed correctly. However, plastic covers tend to warp in high heat conditions. They can also squeak and rattle, particularly if not properly installed.
- My plastic Mitsubishi dash cover is starting to make rattling noises. Got a piece of advice from a friend that I should get carpet cover instead. Is there still a way for me to save my existing dash cover? Where should I check to find and address the problem?
The problem could be the dash itself, particularly on the glove box area. To troubleshoot, open the passenger door and, using a flathead screw driver, pry off the black plastic cover. To make prying easier, find the hole near the bottom of the cover, stick the screwdriver in, and pull the cover off. Check the underside of the cover. There might be a loose screw that is causing the rattling noise. Tighten up the loose screw, put everything back in place, and you’re good to go!
- Aside from installing a carpet cover, how else can I protect the dash from cracking?
One way to protect your dash from cracking and from the other adverse effects of the sun’s rays is to park in the shade or in a covered garage. You can also use windshield sunblocker and aerospace 303; that is, if you don’t have a choice but to park under direct sunlight. If you won’t be driving your car for several days and it will be parked outside, then make it a point to use your car cover. Remember that no matter how durable your dash is, the harmful rays from the sun will surely have adverse effects on it.
- I am winterizing my Mitsubishi, and I’m done with the vehicle’s exterior. Now I’m working on the cabin and I’m wondering: which dash cover is best for winter?
All types of dash covers are excellent in protecting the dash, but if you want something that could help retain heat to at least minimize the cold that you will feel while sitting behind the steering wheel, you could go for a carpet dash cover. This type of cover material helps keep the vehicle’s interior cooler in summer and warmer in the winter without compromising its ability to reduce hazardous windshield glare.