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 great; read the instructions!

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

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.

Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

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.

Excellent!

Written By JR, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Plug and play so can't complain at all.

Pros: Auto detect is great.

Steering Wheel Control

Written By Old Dog New Tricks, Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Great product - easy to install - works great

Pros: Easy to install - auto learn, plug-'n-play - worked first attempt. Never know this was an after-market product.

Cons: none.

Axxess ASWC-1 for 2009 cobalt

Written By joe, New York on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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easy enough to install but difficult to program. I still can't get it to work right with my Kenwood. Still trying, maybe I'll return?

Pros: installation is easy

Cons: Hard to program and get to work!

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Awesome Steering Wheel Control Module

Written By ReubenVZ, Michigan on Monday, August 17, 2015

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This module is super easy to setup! It auto-detected my car and stereo perfectly! Even if it wouldn't have, the instructions show exactly how to configure each button. Highly recommend this one over the other options!

Pros: Very straight-forward to install. Just call Crutchfield with any questions! I did, and they cleared up a simple misunderstanding I had in a couple minutes.

Cons: None

Works perfectly

Written By Michael T, Florida on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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I used this to connect my Mazda RX-8 steering controls to a Kenwood headunit. Instructions were a bit difficult to understand. I had to do some searching on the internet for some clarity. There are many wires but it depends on your vehicle as to which wires will be used. But once I figured out the correct wires and what pins had to be connected it worked as advertised. Most people online spliced into the wires behind the factory connector because the Metra adapter used to connect to the factory radio does not include pins for steering controls. So instead I built my own pins and wire and inserted into the adapter plug at the matching locations for the factory controls. No need to splice into factory wires. After hooking it up to the car and the radio, it automatically sensed both the car and the radio and I didn't have to tweak any of the settings. Very happy with how it turned out.

Pros: Senses the car and the radio so you don't have to manually set each control. Very responsive with no lag between button and change on the radio.

Cons: Difficult instructions clearly intended for professional installers. Call Crutchfield if you get stuck.

Does not work

Written By SethK, Temecula, CA on Sunday, August 09, 2015

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Plugged it in, followed every step from the installation guide for my specific car. The unit recognized all of my buttons but coukd not see the stereo. Even when i used a different stereo it regustered a pioneer as a kenwood. Even after manually programming the unit, it still wouldnt work properly. So now i dont have steering controls

Pros: Instructions are straight foreward

Cons: Mine doesnt work

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Ohio on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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Item worked great for 1 year. After 1 year it only works half the time

Difficult to Program

Written By JPK, Texas on Monday, August 03, 2015

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Have your radio turned off when you try to auto-program the unit.

Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Michigan on Monday, August 03, 2015

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After I connected the wires and powered the system on, this little guy did exactly what the manual said it would. After a few seconds, my steering wheel controls worked with the new radio, and I didn't have to program anything.

choose another brand

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

Great

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

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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.