How to Wire an iPod Connection into Your Car

How to Wire an iPod Connection into Your Car

Step 7: Test It

 

Don’t connect the iPod yet. After all the cabling is attached, reconnect the car battery. First test the car stereo to be sure it works the same as it did before. Then attach an iPod and try the stereo’s auxiliary input. If everything works properly, the iPod should say it’s charging, and the music should be as clear as a CD recording of angels. Or Metallica.

 

There. That wasn't so hard, was it?

 


Step 8: Permanently Mount Everything

 

Disconnect the iPod. Temporarily disconnect the car battery again. Use cable ties to neaten up the stereo wiring - especially the 12-volt connections because you don’t want the power adapter to get jostled. Carefully position the new cabling and 12-volt plug behind the dashboard, and reattach the stereo. Finally, reconnect the car battery again.

 

Done.

 

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michalraise

I have done something similar to two of my cars for my ipod. I bought my car stereo at crutch field with an auxiliary input in the back. When you buy it through them they send you everything you need to install the stereo itself. I went to radio shack to get the av jacks to headphone jacks wire. -----------------------Toyota Tacoma Headlights | Vehicle Tracking

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thisidea

car cd changers

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TanyaL

You really don't want to have to deal with damage to your car caused by a raccoon. Raccoons are not covered in the owner's manual. If one of the little buggers gets into the wires, there will be damage, and that isn't a cheap auto repair. Installment loans also will be needed if one of the creatures manages to bite you or your loved ones. The doctor's bill won't be pleasant, and rabies is a painful treatment, consisting of some decidedly unpleasant shots over the course of a month or two. Short term loans to help keep the wayward raccoon population out of your yard are worth it.

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Macsamillion

After several power supply / FM transmitters I was ready to give up. Every one had an obnoxious hum. Turns out it was a 'ground loop.' The solution was to get an isolation transformer. The best in the business is the JK Pureformer, a true stereo isolation transformer. Using RCA cords you place the Pureformer inbetween your iPod and the input on your stereo / head unit / amp. It will render really black blacks and clear highs. You won't regret it.

http://www.jkaudio.com/pureformer.htm

And, no I don't own any stock in JK... just obsessive about quality.

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lantzn

I have owned 3 different fm transmitters for my car with a basic no frill stereo. The Belkin little one with a battery, the monster cable one and recently the Roadtrip. The Roadtrip is by far the clearest of them all and has many stations to pick from.
What I don't like is when you are traveling, a la to Vegas, I lost my connection for almost 8 hours in the desert, a lot of good that did me.
The cassette or direct connection is the only trouble free way to go.

Here's a cheap device that will free up your cig lighter for other uses (cell).

http://www.discountcarstereo.com/detail.aspx?ID=896

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Anonymous

because I've had my transmitter for two months now and have not had any issues; sound is fine, noise is nonexistant unless I travel out of the frequency's null range...inexpensive and certainly a lot less work to install. Maybe over time I'll join the ranks of 'transmitter is crap' but right now, everything is easy on the ears, pocketbook and leisure time...

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Hugh Betcha

If you have a radio in your car, just get the 3rd party FM transmitter!!!

Much cheaper and easier

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bumpy.be

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Albert

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Anonymous

I can't believe anyone would go through this process when the 3rd party FM transmitter/dock/recharger can be had for less than $15 and NO installation except for plugging it in. I mean really, must be a slow emag news day...

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Minimal Techno

FM sucks! They have a lot of pitfalls, headed by the quality of sound!
Wires for analog sound - forever!!!

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Carl

The reason people go through this trouble, me included, is that FM transmitters are crap. I paid the $49 for an iTrip and it is awful. Worse than awful. Doesn't even work in areas where there are many stations and the best stereo separation in the FM band is in the middle.

Some us like to listen to our music. With an FM transmitter you cant even turn it up because of the SN ratio. You just amplify the background noise.

Still, you get what you pay for.

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Neil Fiertel

I have owned two fm transmitters to connect the iPod to the built in car stereo. Conclusion...they suck! Solution is cheaper and easy....a Monster Cable cassette to ipod adapter...works a treat, instantly transferrable to another car with a cassette deck..No noise, no hum and no static. The FM system just does not do it. Even in a household environment they are noisy and static prone...A good idea poorly executed. End of story...

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Rick Prather

You are assuming the car has a cassette player/radio. Many newer vehicles (such as my VW and my Audi) don't.

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Rick Prather

One major caution that is missing from this article is to make sure you either don't have a theft protected radio or that you know the code.

Since these have been common for the last 15 years it is very possible that you may have one.

If it is, when you re-connect the radio you will be greeted with something like "Safe" or "Code" on the display and the radio will not play.

If it is an early version the code was "soft-coded" which means someone made it up when the radio was new. If you don't have this code it may not be possible to get it.

Many later radios have a "hard" code that require you to either know it or you will have to go to a dealership, prove ownership and have them look it up for you.

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Yelkerson

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Tony

Personally, I use an iCruze system from Monster Cable. It's a little bit flakey, and it was a %$#@! to install, but the ability to use my car's stereo controls to control the iPod, and the way-cool blue LED display makes it worthwhile.

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fda153

its creating problem for me i understand the whole idea but when i applied it in my car it doesn't work some how it create some problems for my company limo i used this idea in Teaneck limo and taxi service there it work pretty fine but now the same way i am trying to apply in Newark Airport taxi and limo but now i am getting some problems even the way is same and ipod models are same so can anybody tell what can be the reason?

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Tanner Fehr

Actually a tip if you're searching for an aftermarket deck that's iPod ready, if you want to save a bit of money, go for a lower brand then Alpine or Clarion. Like JVC, Panasonic, Pioneer, etc. These are an excellent value. Look for one with a CD changer connector and ask about an available iPod interface unit. Mine (a JVC KD-AR560) required an ipod interface that cost about $60 and it plugs right into the back of the CD player. It's operated as a CD changer would be.

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yes alot of auto parts of iPod are avaviable in markets

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stevedowell

It's an old article but it was amazing when nothing else was available. Now you can have a sort of a headphones jack from your radio that connects to your ipod. Damn easy... But using headphones can cost you a lot! God forbid anything happens, your car insurance will jump twice if they catch you with that thing... Guess how I know :)

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cheehard yeah i need help in this way, i am looking for some auto parts for my company Dumont limo and taxi but yet i didn't get any suitable location for it

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