Jaguar X300 GUIDE to: Replacing a clock in an X300 (Blue LCD)

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The LCD clock in the X300 is a common problem area, lost 'pixels' and fading display are typical. The root cause of the fault is normally attributed to the ribbon cable which joins the LCD clock panel to the printed circuit board (PCB) itself. You have a few options:

1. Send your unit away and get a refurb (~£100), not very cost effective
2. Open it up and replace the ribbon cable yourself (~£10), OK if you know what you are doing but it will suffer the same demise eventually
3. Cobble together the existing one by applying pressure to the ribbon cable where it joins the PCB/clock - OK for a quick fix
4. Replace the unit for a different kind, this is the route I chose because it is cheap (~£10) and effective for a long term cure

Step 1 - If your clock looks like this then you have a problem! Mine was turned on at this point

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Step 2 - Open the lid of the centre console to expose the first screws we remove

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Step 3 - Remove the two posidrive screws (fine threaded) completely

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Step 4 - Open the lid of the ashtray and wriggle it out as shown. You should remove the plastic edging strip (picture 3) as well, the final picture shows the plastic tabs that hold it in place. Be careful not to snap anything, this is probably the most difficult part

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Step 5 - Underneath the ashtray you will find two connectors, simply pull these off and place the ashtray to one side

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Step 6 - Pop the gearstick down into D (you will need the keys in to do this of course with the foot on the brake)

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Step 7 - Remove the large trim around the gearstick, this takes a bit of squeezing, be careful not to break the tabs (shown in the second picture)

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Step 8 - Now remove the outer surround, this is another 'squeeze and pull' affair, don't break off the plastic tabs

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Step 9 - The invisible bit - there are two wing nuts that hold everything together, they are just underneath the wooden trim. Remove both of these (they are just finger tight) as shown

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Step 10 - The wooden trim now pulls up quite easily, be careful not to stress it - particularly at the radius towards the stereo. Ease the wood out and when it gets stuck around the top (picture 2) be gentle with it. Wriggle it slowly and don't apply too much force

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Step 11 - Remove the 6 screws holding the stereo etc. in place, note that 5 of my 6 were broken by a previous owner - do not overtigthen them on refitting!

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Step 12 - Slide the stereo assembly forwards and unplug the clock multiplug from the back of the unit. Simply depress the tab and pull the cable out (they are a bit stiff)

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Step 13 - Now remove the 6 screws holding the clock in place

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Step 14 - Slide the unit backwards and remove it from the car. If you are sending away for a refurb unit then your work is pretty much done at this point.

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Step 15 - Remove the 6 screws holding the clock assembly together

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Step 16 - Get a couple of small flatblade screwdrivers. Work around the outside just popping the clips up gently and slide the unit into two parts. Be careful when you pull the two parts away from each other because the LCD will be in one side and PCB on the other

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Step 17 - Slide the display out and admire the problematic ribbon cable

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