The only other alternative i have found that is 'official' is to send my old cluster into a speedo repair place, which the minimum I've found is around $175 labor/repair, plus shipping to them.
I'm currently researching some of the other digital clusters that i know of from ford and trying to see if there are any workarounds, i also have some free time on monday to go back up to school and my toolroom guy has told me he'll let me use the NGS and the palm/laptop setup to see what i can do.
I'm going to try and find a decent solution to this. Then maybe I'll do a writeup.
Old thread but was this ever resolved? Repair by third party company? Replaced circuit board?
I have an 08 Taurus where the information center has gone blank. It started as fading and sometimes went to horizontal lines. If I banged the dash, the display woudl flicker indicating a loose component. Looking at the circuit board, there were a few cracked solder joints around the "high watt" resistors that needed to be touched up. Once they were resoldered, the display went completely blank. This tells me a component has failed.
I have tried to contact Visteon to obtain schematics but have received no response from them. Going to try their 800 number to see if that can get me anywhere. I figure if I can order a schematic for a fraction of the cost and effect repair myself, it is a better first step than shelling out $600+ for a replace and reprogram.