I am wanting to install a small transceiver on the right side of the center console near the bottom of the dash. I am speaking of the part of the console on the passenger side. I need 2 drill 4 small holes for the mounting bracket. Are there any wires or other stuff I need to be aware of? (I have the 4door extended cab with 2 separate front seats and a console between them that runs up into the dash).
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Re: Installing an Amateur Radio Transceiver
Before you drill, I would DEF suggest that you take the console up & out, and inspect under it where you want to place your receiver. My reason is as follows: Under the console, there is the main ECU for the air bag system, with a bunch of wires going to & from it. Damaging just one of these wires may compromise your air bag system. A very expensive undertaking, as "repairs" to the air bag wiring harness are NOT recommended. Replacement of a damaged harness would be the correct path of repair. You may not encounter any of these wires, BUT, it is much better to be sure of what you may encounter where you are going to drill.
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Did you put PATS transceiver module out of old steering into your replacement column ?
The transceiver module communicates with the encoded ignition key. This module is located behind the steering column shroud and contains an antenna connected to a small electronics module. During each vehicle start sequence, the transceiver module reads the encoded ignition key identification code and sends the data to the instrument cluster.
Other wise you'll have to take to the dealer to be reset , can only be done with dealer scan tool .
i've found a few references on how to by pass this but if you follow this link to the ford explorer forum you will get better info and advice from fellow explorer owners/mechanics who know the vehicle from top to bottom 2002 ford PATS transceiver XLT won start
The fuse panel is located below and to the left of the steering wheel by the brake pedal. Check the fuses I have indicated in the diagram below as they all are connected to the radio in some way or another.
18 - 7.5 Amp - Lighting Control Module (LCM), Front Radio Control Unit, Cellular Telephone Transceiver, Electronic Day/Night Mirror, Compass Module
24 - 5 Amp Front Radio Control Unit
33 -15 Amp - Front Radio Control Unit, Digital Compact Disk Changer, Cellular Telephone Transceiver.
The power distribution box is located in the engine compartment. Check the #19 - 30 Amp in there as well. This powers the Subwoofer and I suspect the amp as well.
you will need to carefully remove upper center vent(above audio unit)by prying upwards on vent assy from edge with a screw driver(use rag if needed under prying edge so as not to damage dash.vent is held in by fairly tight clips so it takes some even prying side to side from bottom of vent to get removed.than remove a/t gear position bezel trim and center console panel,set asside. then there are 4 screws that hold radio in place.remove those and slide radio out of dash.if re-installing be sure you write down radio s/n so if there was a security issue you have s/n already to get a replscement part or get unlocking code if it ever was needed.
1. Press & hold the desired universal transceiver button. Do not release the button until Step 4 has been completed.
2. When the dot(s) under the HomeLink icon being to flash slowly (after 20 seconds), position the hand-held transmitter 1-3" away from the universal transceiver surface.
3. Press & hold the hand held transmitter button.
4. The universal transceiver light will flash, first slowly and then rapidly. When the indicator light begins to flash rapidly, release both buttons.
The previous programming for the button has now been erased and a new device has been programmed to the button.
Repeat for any other buttons you want to do for other devices.
1: remove center console - 2 parts where the shifter is located... all
of em use clips - just give it a nice pull and it'll pop off
2: remove driver side panel attached to radio console( 2 clips only)
3: remove screw found behind center pocket under a/c control
4: pop out a/c unit (4 clips - 2 on top 2 on bottom) just give it a
nice pull... (was scary at first but easy and won't break anything)
5: pull entire front center panel (silver piece that covers radio/ac etc etc)
6: radio is attached via 4 screws - 2 on bottom - 2 on side
7: remove radio
8: make sure u have the AI install kit to install radio w/
9: reattach everything n you're done!