READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Start here for the complete set of instructions, tips, guidelines and videos to replace your cracked, unresponsive, or erratic touch Cadillac CUE touch panel.
avoid cheap screens
The market is flooded with replica screens from a variety of overseas distributors. These are found for $45-$75 in many online stores. In fact, you may have bought one of these screens and been directed here for the install help.
My advice, as a professional installer who has helped 5,000+ people get their CUE system working, is to return the cheap screen and order only Genuine CUESCREENS replacement products. About half of the Chinese screens are dead on arrival (DOA) and the ones that do work, leave the customer upset and paying install costs twice.
The replica screens are not visible in direct sunlight, the proximity sensors won't work correctly, and there is no technical support. Most customers opt to spend the few dollars extra for a Genuine CUESCREENS product in their Cadillac, rather than deal with the cheap knock offs. Many of my customers are people who are dissatisfied with the replica and need something that actually works.
Always look for the Genuine CUESCREENS logo
$75 replica screen from Autokay, CC, Motoku, etc. Not able to see in sunlight, prox sensors don't work.
take your time- follow instructions
Be patient when removing and installing pieces. Watch the videos and read the guides several times to fully understand what needs to come out and how it is removed. Do not remove any cable that is not shown in the video instructions.
If either of these two cables were removed, something has gone wrong. Do not remove any white flat flex cable.
don't forget the screen protector
The replacement screen ships with protective plastic layers to prevent damage during shipping. Be sure to remove the inner screen protector before installing the screen. Watch the video to the right.
be careful with the flex cable
The screen ribbon cable connector is tucked into the display to protect it during shipping. This flat connector is how the touch screen communicates with the CUE module. Carefully pull it out with a toothpick or similar tool, be careful as it is very delicate.
This ribbon cable is how the touch panel communicates- it is easily missed or damaged by installers. 99% of situations where the screen doesn't respond after replacement is due to the ribbon cable not being plugged in. Be sure your installer is aware of this.
be careful with the black clip
The flex cable is secured by a hinging locking clip on the connector. Be gentle with this, you don't want the lock to snap off and fall somewhere. If this happens, it will require a full module replacement at $900.
To disengage the clip, simply use the micro ESD pliers to gently lever the tab upwards. You can also use the small trim tool to lift up on the clip. More details is in the screen swap video.
To reinstall, be sure the ribbon cable is fully inserted and press down until the lock clicks into place.
test before reassembly
This is the most important: After installing the new screen and plugging it back in- turn the car on and TEST it to make sure everything works! If you are having issues, follow the troubleshooting guide in the FAQ, and please contact us if you can't resolve it.
Trust us, it is very frustrating to find that you missed plugging a connector in or left the inner screen protector on after all the trim pieces are already reinstalled :)
Metal tools can scratch trim pieces or delicate plastic surfaces. Use only plastic trim tools when removing parts to avoid damage. Check our store page to add these tools to your order.
Once the CUE module is out, place it on a soft surface when swapping the screen to avoid scratching it.
Ribbon cable routing tips
During the screen placement, when routing the ribbon cable, DO NOT route the cable through little hole shown in the photo red circle. It doesn't fit and will damage it.
Be sure you install the ribbon cable connector correctly. Shown below is the right orientation, sometimes installers place it upside down and it won't work.
Black side face up towards the black clip, gold pins down touching the circuit board, large tab toward you while installing. Fully seat it to the connector before locking the clip.
screw hole alignment
Cadillac used several supplies from different countries when sourcing the CUE module. This variation causes slight differences in the position of the 7 screw holes on the screen.
It is recommended to leave out any screws that aren't lining up- you don't want to risk breaking it. The screen only needs 4 screws to hold it securely. If the other plastic screw holes are not aligned, don't force it, just leave the screw out.
Try to get the plastic alignment pins through the metal holes on both sides first.
Finally- check our troubleshooting section if you are having issues. 99% of installation problems are from not following the instructions or missing a step. If you don't feel comfortable disassembling the unit- mail it in to us and we will handle it. It will be far lower cost in the long run. Good luck- contact us with any questions!
Disclaimer: CUESCREENS is not responsible for any damage caused to your vehicle. If you do not feel comfortable with doing this type of repair, seek the help of a local audio installer.