I've owned my FTdx5000 a little over two years and last week experienced failure of the OLED for the VFO-B display, it was getting dimmer by the hour. The other two (2) are fine. Since, however, most owners with the problem either have or are experiencing the appearance of a white line in one or both of the other two OLED's, my decision was to have all three (3) replaced.
To have Yaesu do the repair it would have cost me a total of $490.82.
Parts: 3 @ $45.27 = $135.81 + shipping of $10.81 = $145.82
Shipping: FedEx each way @ $120.00 including full value rig coverage.
Labor: Yaesu quoted 1-1/2 hrs. @ $70.00 = $105.00
Yaesu's technician said if I elected to do the job myself it would take me about 3 hours. He said using a pair of needle nose pliers would take some time in removing the hex nuts which secure the pots to the front panel. Yaesu has a special tool for this purpose. After looking into the hex nut removal, I wound up grinding down the outer edge of a 7/16" deep well socket so that it would fit inside the narrow opening around the hex nuts - - it worked great. To remove the microphone socket ring I used a standard kitchen fork. I simply bent the two outer tines back and out of the way and used the two outer tines for the job - - a perfect fit.
I ordered the parts ($145.82), exercised care, and did the job in 4 hours.
I could have done it in less time but I overlooked reconnecting one connector which took an additional 20 minutes. I basically referred to the pictorial instruction outline offered by fellow hams, SP1NY and SP1FJZ on EB5AGV's "Workbench" site http://www.jvgavila.com/ftdx5000_oled.htm
. I discovered a couple easier ways to do the work but they came to me as I moved further into the process and should become obvious to anyone else tackling this project.
Initially, I approached the project with trepidation, not sure I could do the job without damaging something. Taking my time, however, and exercising care in the dismantling process, especially with the ribbon connectors and plastic tabs holding the front panel to the sub frame proved I could accomplish the job with minimal cost and gain a wealth of experience.