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This cable is in my opinion the best on the market. I used it a several times. You need a special soldering tip, because the cabel isn't soldered. But you need heat to apply the glue.
 

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I am not an Audi specialist, but I think for Audi you needed display incl. cable(~100$). The replacment is quiet simple, just plug'n'play.
 

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Jason I don't know about the Audi -- Send me a photo via email

As for this cable for 164, as I've said 100 times at least and finally gave up == its not the cable usually that craps out == 90% of the time its the heat seal between the cable and driver board or the cable and the glass. Heat seal is a poor choice for this application. Why? Because of high temperatures and low temperatures in closed cars winter and summer. The heat seal adhesive loses its adhesion due to different thermal expansion rates. But I will say this-= for 20 bucks, if it lasts a year, its probably OK to use it, and replace it every year if needed! Wont be super reliable, but if the cost to refix it is 20 bucks and an hour of time once a year, heck thats not even drinks for two at the restaurant !
 

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Unfortunately, I know only those cables. What is there for an alternative?

Edit: Bonding is of course very fine :) If possible to obtain it from you the right cable? Because I have access to a clean room with bonding equipment. Would I like to try ;)
 

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Mansen, the proper connector cable is polyimide substrate with gold or silver (prefer gold) conductive traces. I had these tooled and produced and no longer have any, they were quite expensive. I;ve 'retired' mostly from LCD fixing with a few exceptions.

As I say, it makes a TON of sense to buy the EBAY connector (Maybe buy 3 of them) and after a year or so when it starts to lose connections, replace it.

Funny thing though -- no one on here (which is the most extensive BB related to Alfa) has ever posted that they were successful with this cable, but the number of 'positive feedbacks' is pretty substantial --

So I would love to know if anyone here has tried this ?
 

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The cable there are used on the pictures are worse than the "silver" cable, in my opinion. I used both of them. I didn't have long-term experience, but the first LCD i do(with the cable that porto used) ~16 Months ago and is still working.

@Goats

Thanks for that Informations
 

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I now use other cables.
I found that specific cable in the photos not having a precise pitch distance so it was quite a hassle to get the pitching right; the new cable has an exact pitching but is of equal quality. Nevertheless, I think both cables are long lasting.
 

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I used that same cable, but from another supplier, and indeed found it not very precise, but doable. The cable I use now is nearly a copy of the original, with same color but different printing on the side.

This lookalike picture is from a Chinese Ebay seller but I get them from a local dealer.



Already fitted 6 units with this cable and it's very precise on both PCB and display side without hassle.

Porto
 

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Here, it takes only 2-3Days to germany... i think it`s take same to you

For apply this cable i used an JBC TOOLS Tip C420-283, make it work better for me than the tip it is to.
 

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lcd fixed ribbon cable sorted

Hi,

I dismantled the climate control unit of my 164 and the biggest lcd ribbon cable issue was the other ribbon cable that sits against it. These two cables rub against each other until the insulation wears out and then they short each other out.
I think this is why the LCD displays on non-climate control cars remain good - there is no second ribbon cable rubbing to burn them out.
Just my observation but seems to be confirmed by the replacement unit, with new ribbon cable, also having an extra sleeve added to insulate the two ribbon cables from each other.

The condition of the original LCD ribbons/contact with LCD does seem to deteriorate - how much is due to age and how much due to the extra charge via shorting out after the ribbon insulation wears through is open to debate. Personally just delighted to now have a fully working unit :)
 

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Hi Richard

That certainly looks like one of my rebuilds. I use that exact cable and wrap the ribbon cable exactly as shown. I;ve rebuilt many just like as shown-- in fact you can find photos of my work if you do a search.

Did you buy this one from someone ? If you have their name I can probably tell you when exactly I did that work, if it is in fact my work
 

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Hi Richard

That certainly looks like one of my rebuilds. I use that exact cable and wrap the ribbon cable exactly as shown. I;ve rebuilt many just like as shown-- in fact you can find photos of my work if you do a search.

Did you buy this one from someone ? If you have their name I can probably tell you when exactly I did that work, if it is in fact my work
Hi Goats,

I acquired the ribbon cable repaired unit as a faulty part - I had to swap some of the PCBs from my unit to get the whole thing to work. Originally the silver tape wrapped ribbon cable came as heat-shrink silicon wrapped but that cable was on a faulty PCB, hence my version of silver tape for good PCB from my unit.
The end result is perfect. Good as new and better than ever had in the car since bought it. Nice to think the LCD cable change could be your work - small world :)
 
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