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5 Tips: Taking Care Of Your Car’s Touchscreen

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I’ll have to admit, cars’ touchscreen media/navigation units are pretty convenient. But, as you can imagine, those things are very expensive to replace! For example, a new unit for a 2011 Honda CR-V is just over $5,000 for the part alone, nevermind the cost of labour. You could get a used one online for about $600—but I’d be weary of those. You won’t know if the part functions properly until after installation. Of course, you could always get an aftermarket (non-Honda) unit. Regardless, it’s a big hit for most of us.

Check your owner’s manual for specific instructions. If the manual doesn’t speak about this directly, here are some general tips to maintain your media/navigation touchscreen unit:

  • Avoid too much pressure when using the touchscreen. Also use your finger to tap, as opposed to your fingernail.
  • Regularly clean your touchscreen to avoid buildup of fingerprints and other unwanted residue.
  • Use microfiber cloths for cleaning.
  • Use distilled water. Don’t spray directly onto the screen, spray first on the cloth and then gently wipe the screen.
  • Wipe dry with another microfiber cloth.