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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Written By Buy another brand, Fullerton, California on Saturday, August 01, 2015

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The instruction booklet seems to be written by someone without a good command of the English language. Diagrams TOTALLY confusing. Downloaded instructions from Axxess INCOMPLETE.

Pros: are there any?

Cons: Poor diagrams, INCOMPLETE/WRONG instructions. NOT all features work from my steering wheel.. Too many phone calls to Crutchfield.

Works as advertised

Written By Wrekreation, Virginia on Sunday, July 26, 2015

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I bought this months after buying the radio. I realized I wanted my steering wheel controls back. The instructions were so so and I began to worry. A single phone call to Crutchfield and I knew exactly what to do. It works well, all the funtionality is there.

Pros: It wasn't hard to install, it works as advertised.

Cons: Installation instructions are lacking when you don't buy it with the radio, at the same time.

Good item to retain factory steering controls

Written By Kev4u, New York on Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Works well once installed. I found instructions a bit confusing, but Crutchfield Tech help made it work and easy to install.

Very simple for Mazda3

Written By Clint, Massachusetts on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Once Devin in Tech Support diplomatically advised me to RTFM, I got it properly wired. The controller auto detected my '06 Mazda3 and JVC receiver. All the SW controls - MODE, CH, VOL, and MUTE work as expected. For internet radio, MUTE pauses the stream. It's nice to be able to listen to Pandora and TuneIn via Bluetooth on Android and skip tracks from SWC.

Pros: Dead simple to install.

Cons: You'll have to deal with unused wiring.

easy install

Written By Cal, Minnesota on Sunday, July 12, 2015

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This SWC system is great! It is the third brand I have installed and by far the easiest. The self learning feature is great and saves allot of time and effort to get it up and running.

Pros: Very easy to install, the unit did all the programming for me with the learning feature.

Cons: None

2005 Silverado

Written By Jason S., New York on Friday, July 10, 2015

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Good product works well directions could be a little clearer.

Pros: Works good

Cons: Directions unclear

Easy to Install

Written By CJ, Utah on Thursday, July 09, 2015

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This adapter was very easy to install. It auto-detected my vehicle on first power-up

Pros: Easy to install

Steering wheel control adapter

Written By Worth the money, Salinas ca on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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Happy to have this steering wheel controller makes it easy to change music turned up the volume or turn down the volume I have a newer car so didn't want to lose any of my controls the install guys did a great job and I'm happy I purchased it

Pros: Works as it should

Cons: None

Just Works

Written By Anonymous, Michigan on Monday, July 06, 2015

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There's no real help in the instructions or website but it doesn't really need it. On a 2006 BMW 3 series it just plugs and goes. Make sure to hold down the volume up button after install and it will automatically map the keys. Just works

Axxess ASWC steering wheel adapt

Written By Walker, Massachusetts on Sunday, July 05, 2015

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Very easy to install only needed three wires and the jack plug to get it working in my Honda Odyssey.

Pros: Easy set up.

Cons: None

Poor instruction

Written By still no steering wheel controls, North Carolina on Thursday, July 02, 2015

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After hours of surfing this companies website and looking at online vids I still could not get a clear picture of which wires should be routed into the head unit. Not a user friendly product.

Crutchfield response on Monday, July 06, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the steering wheel controls installed and working! We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

So easy once you figure out the initial step

Written By Anonymous, New Hampshire on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Based on a video I watched from Crutchfield, I thought this unit was going to AutoDetect as soon as I flipped the key. unfortunately it did not. with very vague instructions, I called Crutchfield support and they were great. I had press the reset button and as soon as I did, it programmed itself in less than 15 seconds. Would have been a lot faster if the instructions had more details.

Pros: Auto program and very easy to do with Toyota Adaptor Kit

Cons: Vague instructions.

2006 Nissan Pathfinder with Jensen VX7020 Nav

Written By c, Hawaii on Monday, June 22, 2015

Bought the Path for my son to drive while in college. Installed a double din with nav to help him get around. Never gave much thought about the steering controls when I installed the deck but since I was on Crutchfield ordering stuff for my other truck anyway, I figured I'd check it out. Found this one and with hundreds of stellar reviews how can I go wrong right? Well, since I'm a caveman I read directions but don't really read directions, you know? Had some wiring issues so I called Crutchfield for some help. Don't have the guys name but I think he was a Crutchfield imposter. I could tell he was tired of listening to dumb questions asked by dumb people like me and that being on the phone was the last thing in the world he wanted to be doing. Anyway, I wasn't calling to make friends, just needed some info which I got so it is what it is. Now I got all the wiring done except the 3.5 plug in. looked in the back of my deck and nothing. checked the instructions (which you have to get online, they aren't in the kit) and of all the brands listed, Jensen is not one (no Audiovox either). Called Crutchfield but I was out of luck, closed for the day. So, having only a few wires not used in the harness I found the 2 that it should be. Took a couple tries but I finally got it wired and synced. BTW, the reset button is the other little hole next to the LED. You need to shove a pin in there to get to it. There's nowhere in the kit or instructions that tell you where it is.

Pros: Crutchfield fast free shipping.

Cons: Only volume and channel change work, other buttons did not sync. I guess that's as good as it's going to get but it's the 2 you really need. To the tech support guy, this is what you may do everyday but for the rest of us it's not. Don't group us all in the same gene pool. We're not the same person calling you over and over again. I hope you're having a better day today:)

Brilliant Product

Written By Tito, Iowa on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Hooked this up to my Honda CR-V 2005 along with my Pioneer AVH-X4600BT. Works like a charm, no delay and auto detect setup took less than 10 seconds.

Pros: Auto setup, easy setup

Cons: None


Written By Anonymous, Seymour, Tn on Friday, June 12, 2015

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Great product

Worked Well - 2006 Scion TC - Pioneer

Written By James, Indiana on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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Worked very well. Was a no hassle install, auto-programmed exactly as the instructions indicated, and has functioned in my car since I installed it.

Pros: Automatic programming, easy install. (when combined with my Toyota specific wiring harness)

Cons: More expensive than other solutions.

Handy device

Written By MidgetNinja, CDA, ID on Monday, June 08, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing is great if you want to keep your steering wheel controls with an aftermarket stereo. It was a little tricky to set up with my grand prix but crutchfield's excellent tech support got me sorted out.

Pros: Works pretty well.

Cons: Make sure to souter(sp?)your wires! They work better than simply using what it came with. My volume down button selects what I'm listening to as opposed to turning the volume down unless I hold it down.

Good product

Written By Ian, Carmel Indiana on Monday, June 08, 2015

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Allowed me to keep all my steering wheel controls when upgrading to the 4000NEX in my 2013 civic si. Worked without issues.

Pros: Keep steering wheel controls

Cons: None

works great

Written By Clint, Chattanooga Tn on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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Works just like original radio. Setup was no real chore, that is if you remember which side of your controls do whatever is needed for programming!...yep....

Pros: Works great.

Cons: Wiring instructions somewhat vague.

works perfect

Written By Ike, Philadelphia, New York on Monday, June 01, 2015

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works great, retained all features on my 2005 Chevrolet avalanche. you do have to hard wire one of the ends to your head unit but came with nice directions that are easy to follow.

Pros: works as it should

Cons: have to hard wire, I recommend using premium crimp/heat shrink connectors.

2004 Ford F150 Lariat

Written By Brock, Dallas Texas on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Had some problems with the installation but two quick calls to Tech support and problem solved. Very easy to program. Thanks Crutchfield Tech for all your help. I should have called you before I even started the installation. Kenwood Excelon DDX492

Pros: Easy to program, I still have all steering wheel functions. Outstanding!

Cons: None

Amazing little black box

Written By Mit, Clovis, CA on Monday, May 25, 2015

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Genius and smart little box!

Pros: Allows you to keep all your features on your steering wheel! Very easy to set up easy instructions to follow.

Cons: None

steerng wheel control box

Written By jjaje, macomb, mi on Saturday, May 23, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simply plugged this in to the Axxess radio harness, turned the vehicle and pressed volume up and it programmed everything automatically. Worked quick and easy.

Pros: Easy and automatic

Cons: that there is not one box that does this function, plus the radio interface.

Horrible Instructions

Written By Shem D, New York on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Horrible instructions... couldn't get it to work with my car. The colors it said to connect to on my car didn't exist.

Pros: At this point... none.

Cons: horrible instructions, didn't work,

Excellent integration into 2009 MX5

Written By Garnetmica, Massachusetts on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Excellent integration of Alpine ILX-007 into a 2009 Mazda MX5 w/o Bose. The controls are as fast if not faster than OEM and operates completely.

Pros: Works perfectly

Cons: None

steering wheel interface

Written By jk, port lavaca tx on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Works well with main interface

Pros: Easy connectivity

Cons: None


Written By Taylor13, taylorsville,nc on Sunday, May 10, 2015

Installed new avh-100dvd pioneer in my 2003 g35 coupe with metra dash kit and aswc interface at first it was a pain wasnt working correctly mappin buttons to wrong controls then after 3x tearing the car apart i read not to use butt connectors so i removed the butt connectors and soldered the wires per instructions for my vehicle and sure enough the interface programmed correctly so follow instructions and solder and heat shrink the wires and use differnet grounds cor head unit and make sure to update firmware for interface was a paid butabsoltley worth the hastle no more facroty radio but with oem controlls


Written By Tracy, Oklahoma on Thursday, May 07, 2015

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Crutchfield really knows how to make sure you get the correct equipment for installation.

Pros: just what we needed to install receiver

Cons: none

2009 Buick Lucerne CXL

Written By Tech89, Columbus City, Iowa on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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A must when installing a double din. I've ran the car with a stock audio system for a year and just recently added a double. I grew fond of the steering wheel controls. The wiring was a bit tedious. But when used with the other recommended modules it was a pretty slick install. I have alot of experience with electrical being a GM tech for a several years and some things confused me. The average DIYer may be a bit weary. It may be overwhelming. Programming was a head scratcher for a while. Tried a dozen or so times and it would not take. Red LED kept flashing. Next day i unplugged it and tried 1 more time and it worked. Wierd. Very pleased. With this product.

Pros: Get to keep function of my steering wheel controls.

Cons: Vague instructions

excellent product

Written By Rob S., Maryland on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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I have used this product on both my Tahoe and my Harley Davidson motorcycle. It is very easy to program and works flawlessly. Great product at a reasonable price

Pros: Easy to program and install.

Cons: none

Loss of phone controls

Written By PhilP, Arizona on Sunday, May 03, 2015

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The reason for replacing my OEM unit was to correct the failing microphone, which the JVC KW-R910BT has done well. The channel and mode select steering wheel control buttons on my 2010 Mazda 3 work well with the AWSC-1 remote, but I called Axxess and was told the phone On-Hook and Off-Hook buttons are not supported. To me this remote should not be recommended as a replacement if it does not retain all functionality. I will be looking at an iDatalink or Pac-Audio to replace this costly mistake.

Pros: Some buttons function.

Cons: Phone buttons not supported.

Steering wheel contril

Written By Anonymous, Fort Oglethorpe, GA on Sunday, May 03, 2015

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Fast and east hook

Pros: Only took 10 minutes to hook up


Written By Chase L, La Crosse, Wisconsin on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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The directions for wiring were easy to follow. Consequently, the wiring was easy to do. The programming was a little difficult to do whilst reading the instructions on how to do so, but it worked like a charm in the end. The only gripe I have with this unit, and I don't know if it is because of a loose connection or a faulty unit (will be investigating in a few days), is it adjusts the volume on its own once in a while by one unit. I don't get it, but we will see what's going on in a few days.

Pros: Works like a charm.

Cons: Autonomous volume adjustments....?

Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Florida on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Easy to use

Good adapter

Written By MSUSpartyJoe, Michigan on Sunday, April 19, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Once properly wired, works as described. Good directions on product website. Worked with my 2014 Subaru Crosstrek and Pioneer ASIC-8000NEX. Four stars because actual button function will vary with vehicle. Mine ended up about 90% of fully functioning.

Pros: self programming

2002 Ram2500 ...No!

Written By Ken, North Carolina on Thursday, April 16, 2015

The install manual told me to go to the website. Once there, it told me that my vehicle didn't show as having install directions, call them. I called, and he said that they don't have a direct wiring plan. I asked how do I install it? He said that there were "forums" that tell how to wire directly into the steering column. Are you kidding me? Forums? Really? Great product and great support...Not even close. Suck age=10, support=0. Crutchfield, you are the reason I ordered this thing, because you recommended it. Thanks!

Pros: Don't know.

Cons: Having to go to a "forum" to install their product. And Crutchfield recommended this item! Thanks for the headache.

Crutchfield response on Monday, April 27, 2015 First, just to be clear, we're guessing that you are referring to the support from the manufacturer. Remember with each Crutchfield purchase you get free, lifetime tech support from us, too. We help people install steering wheel adapters every day. And according to our information, this adapter