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Dashboard Leather Bubble and Defroster Vent

Hey everyone. I am new here. I recently bought a 12 GCJO and noticed the dashboard doing this strange bubble thing and the Defroster vent is bending upward. See the pic.

Has anyone else encountered this? Not sure I even want to do anything about it as the Dealer will probably make things MUCH worse.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:54 AM
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Re: Dashboard Leather Bubble and Defroster Vent

Ask the dealer how they would repair it. They may just use a syringe to inject glue which might work fine.
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Re: Dashboard Leather Bubble and Defroster Vent

I just picked up a new GC 2012 last week, and I would definitely take it back to a dealer if mine had the bubble. It's not going to get better on its own.
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Re: Dashboard Leather Bubble and Defroster Vent

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Ask the dealer how they would repair it. They may just use a syringe to inject glue which might work fine.
Yeah I was thinking this is how it could be repaired with a syringe / glue. I was also thinking maybe let it sit in the sun get nice and hot. Then sit somehting heavy on it then pull in the garage perhaps the glue would get sticky again then as it cools maybe stick back down.

Kinda silly to even have to deal with this. Pretty expensinve SUV as you already know.
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Re: Dashboard Leather Bubble and Defroster Vent

Wow, your defroster vent is very deformed. Mine is starting to bulge up in the center where the speaker is. I'll be having them replace it at my first oil change, also hoping to have them resolve the clunk/bobbling noise in the back and the transmission clunk as well...
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Re: Dashboard Leather Bubble and Defroster Vent

Take it back and do not have them repair it!
They should replace it.
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Take it back and do not have them repair it!
They should replace it.
That is the OP's original fear. I'm not sure I would trust the dealer to do that job "like new" either.
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Re: Dashboard Leather Bubble and Defroster Vent

I took a hair dryer and gently heated up that corner and smoothed it down with my fingers. The bubble dissapeared (at least for now).

I will keep an eye on it and see if it starts lifting again.
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You might want to prick it with a needle before you warm it if you need to do it again. That would release air pressure. The hole should become invisible.
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Re: Dashboard Leather Bubble and Defroster Vent

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You might want to prick it with a needle before you warm it if you need to do it again. That would release air pressure. The hole should become invisible.
Yeah. I got the idea from a youtube video of a guy repairing another dash. He used a needle. But the bubble he was working onm was right in the middle of the dash. I am lucky because mine is in the far corner where the air can somewhat be pushed to the outer edge. I think that is what happened.

I also think the dealer detail guys caused this with their "Steam Wand" thing. I saw them using it on another Grand. It made the dash wet then the glue gave out. Asshats.

I am not sure it will last. But I am also pretty sure I will live with it until it is sooo bad I cant take it anymore because I know the dealer will trash the car replacing it. There is another video of a couple of dealer service staff removing the dash from a WJ and it looks like a COMPLETE AND TOTAL NIGHTMARE.
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Re: Dashboard Leather Bubble and Defroster Vent

While I agree that the JGC is an expensive vehicle, and we should not see issues such as this, if that were MY dash - the dealer would be replacing the WHOLE dash board, not attempting to go at it with any needles or heat guns, etc.

The thing that I would do is request that the dealership put their best guy on the job and replace the dash.
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Re: Dashboard Leather Bubble and Defroster Vent

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While I agree that the JGC is an expensive vehicle, and we should not see issues such as this, if that were MY dash - the dealer would be replacing the WHOLE dash board, not attempting to go at it with any needles or heat guns, etc.

The thing that I would do is request that the dealership put their best guy on the job and replace the dash.

Your absolutely correct. It should be replaced. But hey, watch this video then tell me if you would be comfortable with this procedure done to your vehicle.

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