Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

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

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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

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

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

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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

Aswc-1

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

Perfect!

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

Uh.....

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

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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 IS supposed to be compatible with your Dodge Ram. We'll double check that and correct our database accordingly.

Great product

Written By Greg, Wisconsin on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Does what its supposed to do and was very easy to install.

Pros: Easy to install. Easy to follow instructions

Cons: None so far

Works Pretty Good

Written By FastGTP05, Virginia on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Works as it says it does however from time to time you have to push the button on the steering wheel a couple of times to get it to fast forward or go back a track. Not sure if its a glitch because of the headunit vehicle combo or how it will work for everyone.

Pros: Easy to setup and use

Cons: Occasionally tempermental when using the fast forward and rewind buttons

Steering wheel control

Written By Rod, Winters, Ca on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Works excellent, it's nice to keep your steering wheel control when you upgrade your factory radio.

Cons: None

Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Granite City, IL on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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Was plug and play. Connected few wires but was simple to install.

Pros: Easy to use. Unlike reviews I've read there was no distortion.

aswc-1

Written By sarah&joe, Maine on Friday, April 10, 2015

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product works great ,axxess web site made installation in our fj cruiser very easy.

Pros: great installation instructions.

Cons: none

Perfect Addition to Radio Install

Written By Andrew, Virginia on Thursday, April 09, 2015

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It's a bit complicated to install at first, but after watching a few online videos and re-reading the directions on their site for my specific car, I was able to figure it out. What made it more complicated was that the Metra dash kit for my 2003 Nissan Murano came with a harness which is to be plugged into the Axxess box. I called Crutchfield and they told me to just use the wiring harness that came with the Axxess box and ignore the Metra harness. This turned out to be incorrect (and I triple checked with them before I began the install). I'm not sure if you need to ground out the wire or not on the vehicle chassis (I did as I thought I needed to follow the Axxess instructions), but after I hooked up the harness that came with the Metra dash kit, everything worked. So I'm giving it 5 stars because the device worked perfectly, there was just some misinformation about what harness to use and how to install.

Pros: It works well when it's installed.

Cons: Difficult to install on this car. Instructions aren't as clear as they could be. Metra dash kit said to refer to the Axxess instructions for install, which further made things more complicated.

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Installing these steering wheel adapters can indeed be confusing sometimes. Calling our Tech Support team was the right move, and ordinarily in your situation, discarding the harness that came with the ASWC1 and just plugging in the Metra harness is all you need to do. I guess we all got our wires crossed. We're glad to hear that you finally got it working!

Would be ok if I wasnt a Mac user

Written By Godslawman00, Charleston, Sc on Thursday, April 09, 2015

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This product appears to have all the connections that I need for my vehicle. The instructions were correct for my vehicle. The only problem is that I cannot program the device or update the firmware to be compatable with my vehicle since I will not stoop to buying PC's.

Pros: Instructions, proper wiring for my vehicle, and all needed parts.

Cons: Cannot program it or update it's firmware unless you own a PC. Mac users are up the creek

Super easy install & setup

Written By Chris, Georgia on Sunday, April 05, 2015

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Once I read over all the instruction material the actual install and setup were very easy. I simply wired the adapter in and started the car up. Within a minute or two the adapter had identified the vehicle and head unit types and was working properly.

Pros: Very easy install & setup; simply splice, plug & play.

Cons: My vehicle ('06 Camry) required a different adapter which confused me for a few minutes until I read the paperwork.

Axxess ASWC-1 Adapter

Written By Jim G, Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 04, 2015

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Received the controller with my receiver and install kit. Followed the directions and except for being uncertain of the wire colors on my car plug to connect the connecter to it went flawless. Called tech support and talked to very experienced support personnel. In a minute he had my exact car wiring connecter, took a picture of it and circled the wires I was unsure of. I had it in an email while we talked to be sure I was good to go. Amazing! I do not have a generic car and it's 5 years old. I was blown away by this kind of support. The directions showed sketches of the wire plugs with pin numbers. I always get the connections backwards so wire colors at the pins would be helpful.

Pros: Easy to install worked and auto programmed itself.

Cons: Call out the wire colors to go with the pin numbers

Read instructions!!

Written By DonH, Ohio on Saturday, April 04, 2015

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Installed in 2000 Firebird. Would not recognize my JVC. I was only using the Axxess instructions for my vehicle from their website. According from them instructions I had it wired wrong. After triple checking all connections I was about to give up. Then I got out the included instruction book and seen where I could program it to recognize my stereo.Boom! Works like a charm.

Pros: Works great once I programmed the correct stereo. No programming required for my steering wheel controls.

Cons: Use the instruction booklet provided IF it does not work first time!!!!

Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Brockton Montana 59213 on Thursday, April 02, 2015

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Works,

Pros: Only 3 wires to hook up

Cons: Took me a bit to get programed

Could not get it to work

Written By ScubaPilot, Florida on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Could not make the ASWC-1 work on my 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD after several hours of research, calling Tech support , more trying and even updating, The unit would not recognize the vehicle. In total frustration I installed a Maestro and it worked liked a charm. I will try to send back to Crutchfield, if they won't accept it back, it goes on the trash.

Pros: Gets mostly good reviews

Cons: I wasted 4 to 6 hours of my life on this product. Doing the math, more than 10% 1 thru 3 stars,...Not So Good....

Great probuct!

Written By Thurmanator, Missouri on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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This was very easy to install. Great instructions

Pros: Auto programing

Cons: nothing

Couldn't be easier

Written By Marty, Texas on Monday, March 30, 2015

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After carefully reading the instructions I soldered my connections, hooked up my new Kenwood and hoped that my 2014 Sienna would recognize the steering wheel controls. It did! I had to do absolutely nothing but reassemble my dashboard and start enjoying my music. Everything worked exactly as it did before.

Pros: Works right out of the box, no manual programming needed.

Cons: You have to carefully and thoroughly read the instructions. If you are looking for something that you can just "plug-and-pray" look elsewhere. It requires the right harnesses and a good attitude.

Easy install

Written By Rob B., Pennsylvania on Monday, March 30, 2015

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Just follow the directions and you will have no issues

Pros: Easy set up

Cons: none

Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By steve, Gypsum, CO on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Works great. Auto detects vehicle and head unit. All switches on steering wheel work as described

ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By DougM, Maryland on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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My installation wasn't required splicing into two wires. The instructions could have been clearer for what needed to be done and how to go about it. I called and got a better explanation of what was needed. Once I understood it, it was fairly straightforward. I was a little uncertain until I connected everything, but then it worked the first try.

Pros: It works. It recognized the car and radio on its own.

Cons: My installation required splicing into two wires. That needed better explanation than was provided.

Great Module But One Complaint

Written By Raymond, Montana on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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It took some help from Crutchfield's outstanding, amazing technical support team, but they got me up and running with this module. It did make the controls on my steering wheel work great, and I do love that. The only complaint I have is that it keeps pushing XM radio notifications to my Driver Information Screen, and that's very distracting. I like to have my display set to show my current mileage, and about every five or ten seconds, the display changes to say something like "PGA Golf XM 193" or "XM ESPN channel 185" (those aren't exact, just examples). i don't have SiriusXM yet, but will probably get it at some point. In the meantime, and assuming this issue will go away when I do get it, it will be a pretty big annoyance.

Pros: Made my steering wheel remote controls work flawlessly

Cons: Took a lot of interaction with Crutchfield's exceptional technical support team to get working right. Also, it flashes distracting XM radio blurbs to my driver information display very five seconds or so.

Worked perfectly

Written By Sainted, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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Installed easily, configured automatically, works perfectly.

Pros: Easy installation, configuration

fairly easy instal

Written By notcaught, Pennsylvania on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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fairly easy install. was however, a bit confusing at first, due to the poor instructions from the axxess database. after re-reading/evaluating the instructions I spliced into the factory harness (I am still not certain that I had to do it that way) once I made it through my deliberation the install went smoothly. the auto program didn't work the first time. turned the switch again and the 3rd time it programmed without incident.

Pros: fairly easy install, ample wire lengths. auto programming. programming instruction are clear

Cons: poorly thought out wiring instruction. only wiring instruction was a photo of the factory harness with an arrow pointing to a wire (probably enough for anyone who is comfortable working with wiring)

Super Easy to Install

Written By Apex, North Carolina on Thursday, March 19, 2015

Great hookup; so easy to install

Pros: Easy installation

Cons: None

easy install

Written By ken, Ohio on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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this is a very good adapter it took me a hour to hook it up it would not auto program after talking to Crutchfield then axxcess they thought i had a faulty module so i went to a local retailer and try a new one i hook new one up same problem here to find out the metra harness was mess up so i had to by pass the radio harness and tap into factory harness for steering wheel wire

Pros: excellent steering wheel adapter

Cons: wont program bluetooth buttons or voice botton

Pain in the butt

Written By Jeff, Arnold,Mo on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Still doesn't work, after trouble shooting, reinstalling, waving a magic wand........

Pros: None

Cons: See above

Crutchfield response on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Easy Install

Written By AdamC, California on Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Again another great product, installation was easy and straight forward. Works perfectly with my deck and was a plug and play install

Pros: Plug and play install

Cons: None