Drivers are just realizing 5-second ‘toothpick trick’ fixes a car’s unresponsive touchscreen saving you on repair costs

A CAR expert has shown that certain vehicle owners do not need professional auto repair experience or assistance to fix their model’s touchscreen if it is not responding.

Car enthusiast Che noted in a TikTok that interior touch displays may stop registering commands after prolonged use.

Che pointed out that car touch screens can become unresponsive or crash after heavy use


Che pointed out that car touch screens can become unresponsive or crash after heavy usePhoto credit: TikTok / chegeceping

A driver might find his display stuck or even crash, says Che (@chegeceping) in his video.

But instead of panicking, he asks you to look for a small circular hole on the touchscreen, a feature found on many of these displays today.

Next, he instructs viewers to insert a toothpick into the hole and hold the button for five seconds, which resets the screen.

It’s important to be aware that broken car touch screens can also break for reasons other than overuse.

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In a separate video, a professional technician explained how every car that comes through his workshop is subjected to a free cleaning, during which the employees wipe the interior and vacuum the rest of the interior.

Next, this auto technician noticed that the Lincoln sedan he was sitting in had touch controls that got messed up after a thorough cleaning.

Specifically, the vehicle’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems were active without the driver having to do anything.

Andy said don’t freak out if those buttons don’t work after you’ve worked or wiped the touch areas, otherwise moisture from the spray or cleaner can get into the contacts of the switches.

This auto mechanic added, “Just make sure you blow it out and let it dry well.”

Andy clarified that this touchscreen was not working properly even though his shop had sprayed the cleaning solution onto a rag prior to use rather than spraying it directly on.

Che asked viewers to press and hold their car display's reset button for five seconds


Che asked viewers to press and hold their car display’s reset button for five secondsPhoto credit: TikTok / chegeceping


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