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What can I do if the steering wheel and gear knob are peeling in my 2018 Nissan Navara?

Asked by Peter

The steering wheel and gear knob are both peeling and have cracks in them in my 2018 Nissan Navara. The car is four years old and I have owned it for three years as it was a demo model. It only had 10km on it and had never been driven. I have only done 60,000kms on it by they say it is because of wear and tear. I am just wondering where I stand here, is there anything I can do?

Answered by CarsGuide

19 Oct 2021 David Morley

This is a more common problem than you might imagine and applies to a lot of cars besides Nissan Navaras. It’s not always caused by people with constantly wet hands or those who work with chemicals, either; a lot of pampered vehicles have seen this type of problem.

As well as being pretty ordinary to look at day after day, this sort of damage also devalues a car when you go to sell it. The warranty on your Navara would have been for the first three years (Nissan shifted to a five-year warranty mid-2019) but because it was a demonstrator, the warranty period would have started from the date it was first registered or reported as sold, not the day you bought it.

Most new-car warranties also state that `normal wear and tear’ is not covered, but there’s an argument that normal wear and tear shouldn’t be visible on a steering wheel after just four years and 60,000km of use.

If it really bothers you, there are motor trimmers who can stitch on a new leather covering which I would expect to last a lot longer than four years. You would, of course, have to remove the wheel from the car which requires somebody who knows their air-bag safety drills and procedures.

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