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DIY: Instrument Cluster LCD Display Fix with Pictures

Hello everyone,

After some time of fixing the pixel issue on the instrument cluster (one year to be exact) and taking some pictures I was finally able to put together a write up I hope it will serve everyone well.

Please note the repair covers the side displays only, not the multifunction one, since it was not faulty.

Enjoy the repair and save yourself a few bucks.

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And you are now immortalized in the DIY sticky above. Thanks.
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Nice write-up. Now, how do I get the instrument panel out? I have this problem and really want it fixed. Thanks.

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Very good. The only worrying thing is that is seems as if a lot of the gold plating on the contact pins are off? That may be the reason for the bad contact.


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Very good. The only worrying thing is that is seems as if a lot of the gold plating on the contact pins are off? That may be the reason for the bad contact.
Only VDO would have the answer to that I guess.


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great article

I have taken the liberty of posting the link to some fellow sufferers at the MBOA. I'm sure they will be grateful.
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Franasia: Are there Error Messages after re-connecting cluster?

I've been searching this subject and am concerned about this. Some have reported either Error messages after reconnecting the cluster and some others have reported losing the even more important center display.

I am so wanting to do this over the weekend. Just a little scared over what I've read.

ANYONE done it yet? Experiences appreciated.

Thanks all...I've also posted this on W208 board
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Never heard of anyone getting an error message. Why would they? All you are doing is pulling 2 connectors and playing with 2 ribbons. Pretty simple fix, if it is the ribbons.

On mine, the temp was fixed, but the gear select has pixel problems, so it is going to get shipped out for repair.
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Never heard of anyone getting an error message. Why would they? All you are doing is pulling 2 connectors and playing with 2 ribbons. Pretty simple fix, if it is the ribbons.

On mine, the temp was fixed, but the gear select has pixel problems, so it is going to get shipped out for repair.
I have duff displays in the E430: do I deduce that taking the cluster out won't fix the pixellation weirdness in the shift display? I fixed the Forester's clock (which is a tiny surface-mount resistor you have to re-solder) so I'm fairly good with bits - is there a similar DIY for pixel repairs?

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I have duff displays in the E430: do I deduce that taking the cluster out won't fix the pixellation weirdness in the shift display? I fixed the Forester's clock (which is a tiny surface-mount resistor you have to re-solder) so I'm fairly good with bits - is there a similar DIY for pixel repairs?
DUFF displays??????????????

The only way to tell if you can repair it is to take the dash out, split the front and rear cover off, plug the board back in and press the ribbons to see if you get the correct display. If it still pixelates or you get no readings, you need to send it out. If your display comes back when pressed, take the board back out, use the foam method or whatever you can figure out to press the ribbon down on the printed board.

Also for a great tool to remove the dash. Go to a body supply place and get a body pull rod/pick for a few bucks. Hardened steel and works like a charm.

Looks like this.........Pull Rod Set (STC20000)

You can buy them seperately and you just need the one with a straight arm and an "L" shaped end.
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