Help!! I recently installed a Kenwood DNX7100 in my 2000 E430. I was told by a couple of car stereo stores that I would be able to interface the factory steering wheel controls to the Kenwood unit very simply. That has turned out to be false. I'm hoping someone on this forum can direct me to someone or someplace that has the ability to do custom electronics and allow me to use my factory controls again. The Kenwood unit is a Stereo, Cd/DVD/GPS/XM/IPOD....unit and the GPS's superiority over the factory unit is why I installed it.
Any advice/help will be greatly appreciated! I'm guessing that I'm not the only E-Class owner who wants a better Nav unit and that maybe this has come up previously.
Call these guys at hifiaudio.com and purchase the SWC module that matches your vehicle (ask for Scroche brand). Once you purchase the SWC module, make sure you read the installation instructions two or three times before you install it. Once installed, these SWC units work great. I just completed the installation on my 2008 F150 with the Kenwood DNX-7100 and my steering wheel interface works perfectly.
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I had a similar problem with the DDX470 in a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. Turns out the car has a factory installed amplifier so the Blue/White wire had to be connected to the Blue/White wire on the wiring harness I had connected to the car. Let me know if you have this wire connected or not, and what type of vehicle you are installing the stereo into.
<p>The superior audio quality thanks to the Kenwood stereo
system is as good as any on the market. However, many of Kenwood audio receivers
contain no iPod connection port. Even the business hubs of high-end
entertainment that interface with the computer via USB cannot provide
connectivity to an iPod. But that does not mean you cannot high-quality audio
through your stereo Kenwood iPod. <br />
<p>1. Put your Kenwood stereo. Connect devices with the stereo
turned on may lead to spikes in volume that can damage the speakers and even
your ears. Turn up the stereo, so you can use the set of connectors on the back
to see. <br />
<p>2. Connect the end of 3.5 mm 3.5 mm to RCA cable for the
headset from your iPod. If you do not have a cable 3.5mm to RCA, you can buy
one of the sound equipment stores or electronics stores like Radio Shack. <br />
<p>3. Connect the RCA end to your cable 3.5mm to RCA in an
available port on the back of your Kenwood stereo. Put your Kenwood stereo, so
you can access the buttons on the front. Turn the sound and select the channel
of your iPod is connected. <br />
<p>4. Test the connection. Lower the volume on the Kenwood
stereo and start a track playing on your iPod that you can recognize. Turn your
volume until you play the iPod through the stereo to listen. If you hear no
sound, check the "Monitor CD2/TAPE2" is active, and "Mute"
is off <br />
One thing to check and I have come across this a couple of times is that some factory stereos used a black wire for the stereo illumination, if you have wired the black (earth) from the new unit to this wire it will cause the fuse to blow, disconnect the earth from this wire and wire it directly to the vehicle.
It's not the receiver, it's the interface. If you recently had this unit installed with a door chime or, some other type of LAN data interface to replace the door chimes, the adjustment is off. The interface/door chime needs to accessed to turn the volume down. The interface is neccessary because when you remove the factory stereo from a newer GM vehicle you lose the door chimes, accessory 12 volt power source, ON Star, etc. The LAN data interface replaces these features when adding an aftermarket stereo.
There are 3 things you need to purchase for this install. 1) The factory spec install kit. 2) The factory spec additional wiring harness. 3) Antenna adapter.
Find the easied way to remove the plastic cowling around the radio and ac controls. Usually you can locate screws helping to retain the plastic dash parts. Be careful not to break the plastic dash by taking your time and looking over and over the part ofr connection hardware. Once you have located and removed all/if any screws, carefully pry out on the piece you are removing. There are often metal clips on the back of the piece that also help to retain the dash. Once that is removed, unbolt/unclip the factory stereo and slowly pull it out of the dash. Remove the factory harness from the backside of the factory stereo. DO NOT CUT THE HARNESS!! The wiring harness you have purchased is designed to plug and play into the factory harness. All you hae to do is color match the Kenwoods harness with the one you purchased. When wiring the two harnesses together use connectors **** a **** connectors, crimp connectors so forth and so on. If there is wiring you will not be using, take some electrical tape and tape the bare wire. We don't want a short. Once you are sure and have doubled checked that all the wiring is secure and matched, reverse the order of disassembly.
The plastic install kit should replace the factory radio size difference. Just remember to take the metal sleeve tha came with the kenwood and install it into the plastic install kit via the instructions provided. Slide the Aftermarket stereo into the sleeve you just installed. Then you are ready to make all the needed connections. Before you reassemble everything make sure to do a test run with your stereo. If all is well reassemble and jam on.
Yes, you can use RCA cables. Just wire in a "low-level" converter.
Using RCA's is really the best way, allowing you to run shielded wiring to the sub, making it less likely that the wiring will pick up electrical interference. I'd install the converter on the rear speaker wires behind the dash.
If you do not want to convert the speaker output, you can drive the Kenwood directly from the speaker wires. The diagram in the install manual shows the connections coming off the rear speakers.
Here's a link to one output converter. This one will convert all 4 speakers.
goto the auto parts store and purchase a pair of stereo keys, fascia adaptor and wiring harness (you may need to get fascia and harness from a car audio store or circuit city.)
Then use the stereo keys to remove the factory stereo. Push them into the small holes on the front of the stereo push them slightly outwards and pull to release the stereo. Unplug all the connectors from back keeping track of where they fall.
Insert wiring harness into the stock wiring
attach fascia in regards to its packaged instructions.
Place cage from new stereo into the hole in the dash using the tabs on cage to secure it,
Attach stereo to other end of new harness along with aerial (may need adaptor for this also depending on the new head unit.)
Insert stereo into new cage and voila nice new stereo.
Turn on the car so the radio is flashing "Protect." Look on the front / removable face of the stereo. On it you will find a small round hole - that's a reset button. Find a small paper clip, unfold the clip and stick it gently into the hole. The "Protect" will stop flashing, and Kenwood will be displayed. Unfortunately all your settings/presets will be gone, but at least the stereo is working again!