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Old 03-01-2003, 01:53 AM   #1
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Default plastic vents on dashboard cracking ( how to fix)

if you have a problem with the 87 -91 bonneville vent popping up and making your dash look inappropriate, heres the fix, take off the piece around the edges where its popping up, take a lighter, heat up the clips that hold it in while its still hot, take a screwdriver, (flathead) and press the clips further towards the outside, do around the perimeter and let cool , stick back in and bam, youve got your dash looking good again
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UNBELIEVABLE....ITS GOING TO BE SO DAMN EASY,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! my double sided tape method was falling apart. Who designed that anyway?
A plastic grille on a vinyl dash?????

Oh by the way...thanks LOL
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Sheesh! Why didn't I think of that? It seems so obvious now.

Good work, Bonnieboy! Here'* to you!
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Any other ideas out there on this topic?

I considered plastic weld, is that any good? Jr, what exactly are dashmats? I'm sure there are alot of options. Any other clever ideas out there?

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Interesting idea...

Its not like putting plush burburs on your dash is it jr?
Do you have a picture of it on your dash in your 91? Might be a bit easy to see it.

The concept is pretty cool.
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I just checked out the defroster vent in my dash, and it turns out that the dash itself is warped around the opening.

Before I noticed that though, I tried the heating up/bending method on the insert, and it worked okay. Mine wouldn't bend until they were bubbling and smoking, but they squished over okay then. I can see how it would make all the difference if the dash was in good shape, but mine is beyond that.
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I'm sorry, but I read ur post and fell out on the floor....

Bubbling and smoking, but they squished over just fine.... he he he... you gave me my needed laughing fit for the day..
Has it been that long of a day? Anyway, glad to be of service.
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glad i could help all you guys out there, my name is Tim btw since i noticed you guys are on a first name basis, for those of you who replied to my for sale ad..on the 90 le ..i will get back to u shortly as mom was in the hospital for her cancer treatments and i had to be with her...I would also like to welcome to my family of bonnevilles my brother who purchased a 94 ssei "Green" ( shoulda stayed to the red side) ..he will be on the site as well soon enough..... anyways..hope i helped u guys out.
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