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Steering Wheel Radio Control Issue

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by OfficerObie59, May 6, 2013.

  1. May 6, 2013 at 8:06 AM
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    OfficerObie59

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    Curious if anyone can help me out with this...used the search function and didn't find anything, so I apologize if it's a dupe...

    I'm a new owner of a used 2011 Tacoma Double Cab. When I got it, I planned on changing out the stock stereo from the get-go. I noticed sometimes with the stock deck I'd be listening to a CD and it would change to AUX, of go from AUX to the radio. I didn't pay much attention to it at the time; only seemed to happen maybe once out of 1-2 hours of listening time.

    Fast forward to two weeks ago when I finally got the aftermarket stero put in. The set up is sweet; a Kenwood DDX-740 (with amped Alpine Type R replacement speakers and a JL Stealth box...) which is hooked up to the stock steering wheel controls. Anyways, I noticed that just like before, the mode will sometimes switch mid song without touching anything--iPod will switch to Pandora, etc. After awhile, I finally shut off the remote control function from the receiver and so far I've been problem free.

    The logical conclusion as I see it is that there's some kind of error with the steering wheel controls, though I'm sure I could be wrong. Curious if anyone else has had a similar issue, and if so what they're done to fix it.

    Any help for this newbie is greatly appreciated.

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    Obie

    OfficerObie59 @northeastshooters, CMP, Masscops forums
     
  2. May 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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    Bump, anyone?
     
  3. May 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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    Most aftermarket head units need a control module to make the steering wheel controls work.

    Go to crutchfield and search using your head unit and vehicle. They should be able to help you out.
     
  4. May 8, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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    The stock wheel controls do not plug into any aftermarket deck and needs a adapter/controller as Rocketball said. I'd take it back to the installer and see if the adapter is having issues.. Otherwise you might have a short in the wiring. Have you notice that it happens more often during a turn or something?
     
  5. May 8, 2013 at 5:12 PM
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    I have a Kenwood DNX7160. XM, iPod, & Bluetooth.

    If I listen to the iPod, some of the steering wheel controls stop working. Volume is fine, FWD works but I can't REV or change modes. Personally, I think it's something to do with Kenwood. It sucks because a reset is the only way to fix it.
     
  6. May 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM
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    If your installer used a control module/adapter, and some of the steering wheel controls work some of the time, the control module may need to be reprogrammed.

    I'd start off by taking it back where the install was done and see what they have to say.
     
  7. May 11, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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    I had the same issue with a kenwood deck. After installing and programming the PAC SWI-JACK from PAC Audio, I had issue. Both the kenwood and the PAC had some issue. First it was the kenwood that is ackward on programming the pac unit to work correctly. And second then PAC wasn't really that good. Alot of people uses it but sometime when programming the unit it switches to another function or the buttons don't work at all. So I decided to trash the PAC and the kenwood and got another Sony XAV601BT Deck(which is awesome) and a SWC kit from tacotune which works out of the box without programming. It's been working ever since the replacement without issue. Try taking it back to have it reprogram if it still exist than I would go a different route of switching everything out if you can.
     
  8. May 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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    mine does this too. i have a 928 Alpine with the perfict fit kit. and when i hit bumps it sometimes skips sources. pissed me off so much i ripped the module out. i thought it was the module..... guess not.
     
  9. Jul 5, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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    Okay, so I brought it back to the installer last month and it turns out it was the Axxess control unit. They replaced it with another brand, and I overheard the installer say he's had so many issues with the Axxess units, he'll never install another one again.

    No phantom skips for three weeks running.
     
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