Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Connects your car's steering wheel audio controls to select aftermarket car stereos

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Keep your steering wheel audio controls

The ASWC-1 adapter from Axxess allows you to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to almost any brand of aftermarket stereo, including Alpine, Clarion, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, and more. (Note: your new stereo must have a 3.5mm steering wheel control or wired remote control input.)

Installation is a straightforward process. You usually have to connect a few wires to your factory wiring. In most cases, the adapter automatically recognizes the vehicle it's been connected to. If not, you can manually program the adapter for your vehicle by following a step-by-step process with LED confirmation. Once connected, the adapter's memory retains its programming even if battery power is interrupted. A USB slot allows you keep the ASWC-1 current when updates become available.

Installation Note: This adapter will not retain your vehicle's factory Bluetooth functionality. Please identify your vehicle or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to see if the ASWC-1 adapter is compatible with your vehicle.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap or splice into one to three wires in your vehicle at the radio location to connect this interface. If you're using a Metra Axxess OEM integration adapter to connect your new car stereo to your vehicle, then it most likely will have a prewired connector for this Axxess ASWC-1 adapter. In these cases, no additional wiring in required. Axxess does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.

What does a steering wheel audio control adapter do?

Many people aren't thrilled with the sound of their car's factory radio, but don't want to replace it because they'll lose those convenient audio controls on the steering wheel. For most vehicles, you can purchase an adapter that allows you to use those controls to run a new car stereo, so now you can have great sound and convenience too. Even cooler, if your new stereo has iPod controls, you can use your steering wheel controls to run your iPod.

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Works good

Written By Tom, Long Island, New York on Friday, October 09, 2015

Unit works good, as expected. Install isn't horrid but it isn't the best. Better instructions would have been nice.

Pros: Small - Fits anywhere Retains Steering wheel controls

Cons: Pain to wire up Even worse to install with other harnesses

At first I was intimidated

Written By Bob, Texas on Wednesday, October 07, 2015

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.. But then I followed the instructions. The gizmo auto-sensed the car and works perfectly.

Pros: Was easy to install. For my jeep, three wires and 5 minutes.

Cons: Nothing, except written instruction in the package are quite lengthy and intimidating.. and they come in TWO volumes, no less.

No Pain Interface for Steering Wheel Controls of Radio

Written By Marc B, Virginia on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Program, Install, and the interface does the rest when interfacing with major stereo manufacturers (JVC, Kenwood, Bose, etc.)


Written By Jim D., California on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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So glad to still be able to use my steering wheel controls!

Pros: Simple to install, and works great!

Ease to install

Written By luis, California on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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It was pretty straight forward to install. It works great and would buy it again.

Pros: Easy installation instructions.

Poor support from Axxess

Written By ScottR, Kenosha, WI on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Axxess fails to mention that when used on a 2005 Buick LaCrosse that the temp controls on the steering wheel are lost as in they do not control the temp anymore. I wrote to them but that was their reply. The mute button also fails to work. It would be nice if they told people the limitations of their adapter up front before investing the money and time to install it.

Cons: Incomplete disclosure of adapters abilities,poor support from Axxess.

works great

Written By Aaron L, Tennessee on Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Works good. A little confusing because the wiring harness that is included is also part of the GMOS-04 wiring harness as well. Also, have to read the instructions carefully in order to correctly program for your vehicle. Took me two tries, but worked great after that. Recognized my 2003 Silverado and the steering wheel controls still do pretty much what they did with the factory radio. I was really glad to be able to keep these because they are very convenient.

Pros: works great

Cons: tricky to understand wiring and programming instructions


Written By Jp, North Carolina on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Does what is says

Pros: works good

Cons: have to update firmware

Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Oklahoma on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Easily installed. Working great with aftermarket stereo upgrade.

Great product

Written By Craig, Washington on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Directions are very straightforward and customer service/technical team was awesome helping to troubleshoot over the phone!!


Written By CA Tunes, California on Sunday, September 13, 2015

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easy install and does as advertised

Pros: retains functions, easy install

Cons: none

Easy install

Written By Norm, Pontotoc, MS on Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Great product

Pros: Works flawlessly with auto programming to steering wheel for my 07 Tacoma

Cons: Install instructions are a little weak

steering wheel adapter

Written By Tony W, Blacksburg Sc on Sunday, September 06, 2015

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This steering wheel adapter helped me to regain my radio steering wheel controls after installing a after market radio in my car works great easy programming thks Crutchfield!

Pros: Awesome product

Cons: none

Axxess ASWC

Written By Anonymous, Wyoming on Thursday, September 03, 2015

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Works as advertised. Instructions Stink. This is especially true when combined with Metra 708114 harness.

Pros: Identifies car and radio like a charm. Works well.

Cons: Instructions stink. Lots of initials and no defining words.

Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Christian, Washington on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

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works great!

Works great; read the instructions!

Written By AaronW, Niagra Falls, NY on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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Works exactly as it is supposed to (after a bit of troubleshooting). I installed this in combination with Axxess HDCC-01 Wiring Interface (which has a plug pre-wired that hooks directly into the ASWC-1) and a new head-unit.

If you want to keep your factory steering wheel bluetooth buttons, you will have to splice in the wiring harness that comes with the ASWC-1 so that the Grey-Blue wire (which isn't on the pre-wired HDCC-01 plug) can be patched into your vehicle's existing wiring for it's bluetooth module.

Pros: Easy to install, auto-detect worked well (helped greatly in troubleshooting the bluetooth button issues). Works easily with the HDCC-01 wiring harness.

Cons: Read the instructions carefully to maintain functionality of bluetooth calling buttons.

Easy to use

Written By Jon, Atlanta on Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Works great. Very easy to set up.

Installation didnt work

Written By Brian T, California on Thursday, August 27, 2015

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The adapter never self programmed. The led never lit up and hen connected to the radio would drive the radio volume to the max and wouldn't work. I'll see what happens with a replacement.

Pros: Ease of install with metra harness

Cons: Would not work as advertised.

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Written By Anonymous, the Washington, DC Area on Thursday, August 27, 2015

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works great.

Pros: quick and easy

Worked great

Written By Amateur installer, Colorado on Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Unit worked great. Instructions were not clear to me, so I called the company. Excellent tech support. They walked me through what I needed to know and after that, the installation went perfectly.

Pros: Unit works exactly as advertised.

Cons: Instructions are sketchy.