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Old 09-25-2015, 07:50 PM   #1
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Cluster LCD display - Replacement

Hello guys,
I have been messing around with a cluster I was trying to install and I ended up breaking the LCD screen, the one in the middle:

Anybody knows if I can find a replacement screen and swap or I have to buy another cluster?
Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-26-2015, 05:45 AM   #2
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Reach out to Woody. his screen name is: itsnotanova in the classifieds. Very good service and prices.
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Old 09-26-2015, 06:16 AM   #3
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If you end up getting a new cluster and you want the mileage reset to you car's I can suggest using ODO-PRO.COM - Odo-Pro.com - The Digital Odometer Professionals. They charge $89 plus your shipping to them. I made a complete file with photos documenting my change to a 996 cluster and the mileage adjustment.
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Old 09-26-2015, 06:53 AM   #4
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Yes, I could reprogram the VIN to get the radio working but the mileage is encrypted.
I guess I'll just copy the program from my old cluster to copy it to the new one.
I somehow damaged the LCD screen and am looking for a replacement one
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Old 09-29-2015, 04:23 AM   #5
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You could also try contacting Qmulus (that is his screen name). He is a member here and see if he can help you. He does work on the 986/996 gauge clusters and can reset the mileage and possibly fix your problems.

He actually does this stuff for a living (German vehicle electronics).

Couldn't hurt to ask....
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:07 AM   #6
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I got in touch with particlewave and he gave me some advice about cleaning the ribbon. I will try out tonight and post the results.
Crossing my fingers
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:41 AM   #7
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How did you damage the screen? You can replace all the LCD Screens easilly, Not 1 of them are soldered to the board. They are held in by metal clips. The Center one is really easy to remove. Unclip the 4 Metal Clips holding it in, pull the case its in off, and the whole thing comes apart.

I just replaced the 30 LED's behind the LCD Display as well as replace the light dissipating film behind the screen with one that says PORSCHE. Its all easy. You just need a Torx, T10 I believe.
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Old 09-29-2015, 01:08 PM   #8
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I think I wrongly manipulated the ribbon and thus causing the damage.
Hopefully some cleaning will bring everything back to normal...
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I think I wrongly manipulated the ribbon and thus causing the damage.
Hopefully some cleaning will bring everything back to normal...
I pulled all of mine apart a couple times. Like completely out, their lil rubber "connector" n all. and put it all back together with no problems. If this rubberized connector is what your speaking of. All that can easilly be replaced. Maybe find someone with a wrecked car, something th ats been sitting and the cluster might be really dirty.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:42 PM   #10
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Well, no luck with cleaning

This is what I get when I turn the ignition on:


I think I have an issue with the screen itself (see broken corners on the picture):


Could this be the culprit?
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:45 PM   #11
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I think I'll just go ahead and search for another cluster and fix this one...
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Old 10-03-2015, 02:23 PM   #12
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So I bought another cluster from Woody, swapped the screens and now everything works fine
I still need to source a screen or a cheap cluster to fix the broken one though...
I found out the screens are manufactured by VDO but it looks like they don't sell them as spares
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