Flat cables save space in vehicle electronics
In modern vehicles, the importance of entertainment and infotainment systems is increasing. However, not only is the space in the dashboard reduced by additional electronics, but the storage space for additional functions is also dwindling in the devices themselves. Car manufacturers had to find a solution for this space problem. Finally, they began to install so-called flat or foil cables. These are not individual large cables, but many small conductor paths that are combined to form a cable.
As the name suggests, these are very thin and can therefore be very easily installed in the devices. They are often used as a connection between screens and printed circuit boards. So it is possible to lay several cables from one component to the next without the danger of entangling loose wires.
How to detect a defective foil or flat cable
Due to the small dimensions, however, it can also happen that a foil cable kicks when installed incorrectly and the cable breaks.
If there is a problem with a flat cable, you can usually recognise this by the following conspicuous features in your vehicle:
- the navigation or radio display fails partially or even completely
- certain signals are not passed on and are shown as missing in the display
The conductor paths of the flat cable are often vapour-deposited. The cable itself can therefore not be repaired in case of damage and a spare part is required.
Spare part or complete repair? We help you!
Both the foil cables and the printed circuit boards to which they are attached are very sensitive. As a layman you can therefore quickly cause further damage when removing and installing the parts. Especially during installation you should pay attention to the correct position of the flat cables and avoid crushing. If you are unsure, we offer you our gps repair. In our offer of gps spare parts we have typical flat and foil cables, which are regularly exchanged by us.