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.