Steering wheel control interface for Alpine, Clarion, JVC, and Kenwood

Item #: 127SWIJACK

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Installation Note: Some newer vehicles require a special interface for this installation. Click here or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to see if you need an interface to install this steering wheel control adapter in your vehicle.

You want to install a brand-name stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. The SWI-JACK interface from PAC allows you to use the steering wheel controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select brand-name radios.

Installation is straightforward — connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and your stereo, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. The direct connection to the stereo eliminates the need for an infrared emitter, allowing the interface to function even in bright sunlight. Step-by-step LED confirmation makes programming easy. Once connected, the SWI-JACK's failsafe memory will learn up to 12 stereo functions, retaining them even if battery power is interrupted. Dimensions: 3-5/8"W x 1"H x 1-9/16"D. Warranty: 1 year.

Important Note: On some vehicles, you may need a voltmeter to locate the correct wires to connect to the SWI-JACK. If you have no car audio installation experience, you should consider professional installation. The SWI-JACK works with most Alpine, Clarion, JVC, and Kenwood stereos that have a wired remote control input port or a dedicated steering wheel input, but please call or email us to confirm compatibility with your radio.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap into one to three wires in your vehicle at the radio location to connect this interface. If you're using a PAC OEM integration adapter to connect your new car stereo to your vehicle, then it most likely will have a prewired connector for this PAC steering wheel audio control adapter. In these cases, no additional wiring in required. PAC 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 Mike M, Perth Amboy, NJ on Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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The PAC SWI-JACK does what it's supposed to do. I installed it on my 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan with the PAC C2R-CHY4 and new radio. The PAC was simple to configure. It would be nice is the PAC modules were a bit smaller though.

Pros: The PAC SWI-JACK does what it's supposed to do.

Cons: None

Too much delay

Written By Fullum, Hyde Park, NY on Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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It works but the delay from when you hit the button to the actual volume increasing is way too slow. Then after you have hit the button it goes really fast up or down. I would buy this product again.

Pros: It works

Cons: Too much of a delay between pressing the button and the result on the head unit.


Written By rhodesra52, Willis, TX on Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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Instructions for wiring are hard to understand had to get help stil have not been able to program.

Pros: none haven't got it to program yet.

Cons: haven't got it to program yet. instruction are hard to understand


Written By hc, Hot Springs VA on Thursday, May 31, 2012

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just follow the instruction you will be okay if not call your crutchfield advisor they will walk you through the installation

Needs some refinement

Written By Tim H., Wakeman Ohio on Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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Easy enough to install but hard to program for a beginner

Pros: Does every thing avertised

Cons: Slow on response and if you don't concentrate it flips passed your wanted target (ie volume or channel selection)

Poor Instructions

Written By Steve, Huntingtown Maryland on Saturday, April 28, 2012

Poor instructions to install , voulme up down and mute work but no mode control on rav4

Pros: none

Cons: poor install instructions , mode on stering wheel does nothing

works okay

Written By jem, Chicago, IL on Friday, April 27, 2012

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This controller works well in my F150. The volume control work perfect. The seek function works okay. I could not find a setting were seek would jump to my preset stations for both radio & XM. It will either do jump to my next station for radio and the next higher station in XM or visa verse. Toss out the instruction that come with the unit & go to their web site. The programming is straight forward but does have several steps. Read them a couple times before trying to program the unit.

Pros: My steering wheel controls work.

Cons: As mentioned above seek only works on my pre-programmed settions for XM or Radio. NOT BOTH.

Works well, easy to program, great support

Written By Wayne, South Jersey on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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I purchased this device together with a C2R-CHY4. The only issue I ran into was that my specific setup needed version 2 of the firmware, and the device shipped with version 1 as the default. After a quick call to PAC support, I had the instructions I needed to switch to version 2. Programming was straight forward (I recommend getting model specific instructions from the PAC website).

Pros: easy to program, inexpensive, works well with C2R-CHY4

Cons: none

To Complicated compared to AXXESS ASWC

Written By Nick, MN on Monday, April 16, 2012

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Sent it back. Too complicated. AXXESS ASWC self-programs, this thing you have to do by yourself.


Written By KL, Wisconsin on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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Product did not work at all with my 2002 Jetta. Instructions did not match how unit actually worked, would not program, wiring completely unclear. Several calls to tech service did not resolve. Threw out unit.

Pros: no pros as it didn't work

Cons: Complete waste of time and money


Written By Anonymous, naples fl on Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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it works great the only thing is that there is a little delay when you use the steering wheel controls other than that it pretty good....and i have toyota tuner 04..

Not for 2003 Land Rover Discovery

Written By Anonymous, Chattanooga, TN on Monday, April 02, 2012

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Two installers found that it doesn't match the existing wiring on my 2003 Land Rover Discovery. One called PAC and spoke with "Tony" and his diagrams didn't match either.


Written By Anonymous, Sandy, UT on Friday, March 30, 2012

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This thing does pretty much what it is advertised to do, but it is hard to set up, needs to have a wire run to the steering wheel column in my Grand Cherokee, and is still a little touchy to detect the button pushes.

Pros: If you like the steering wheel controls and get an after market radio, you need it

Cons: Hard to install and configure, doesn't work perfect

Easy-peezy... :o)

Written By J.T., Riverside, CA on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Read the directions, take your time and this works AWESOME!

Pros: Being able to keep all steering wheel controls in my 2012 Fusion SEL.

Cons: No complaints from me!

Not hard to install

Written By Darren, Augusta,GA on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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If you go to this website you can get a very good explanation on how to prepare this kit for installation with pictures. When I finally found this info, after intense research, it made everything very simple. The manufactures website is terrible and the video is not complete so don't even bother going there. I got this thing to work first time with NO problems in my 2006 Nissan Altima. Programming is also easy so don't let other reviewers scare you away from getting this, because it does work. Make sure all wires and resistors are tightly connected or it will glitch from time to time. Do it right the first time and you shouldn't have any problems.

Pros: Easy install with FULL instructions

Cons: Hard to find info on proper FULL installation steps

Works for me with no problems

Written By MikeD, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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The directions must be followed. They are not difficult, if you follow them. Once wired, programming was not too bad either; just make sure to take your time on programming. While you're programming, you will get a confirmation light after you press a steering wheel control button. Make sure to wait for the light to indicate that your command took. It is a nice addition to my aftermarket head unit. I did not want to lose my steering wheel controls and this did the trick!

Pros: Works well. Does the job it says it will do.

Cons: Take your time and read the directions in the installation. It is not difficult, it just requires proper execution of following the directions.

Not impressed

Written By Tom, So Cal on Monday, March 12, 2012

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Well...the installation was ok. I didn't have any real issues with that, but I just found the divide to be glitchy. I installed this on a '06 Toyota Tundra. I found that the biggest problem was I would have to either press the steering wheel button multiple times for the unit to change the channel or raise/lower the volume or hold the switch down. Many times this resulted in the volume raising/lowering too much or going past the intended station preset I was attempting to locate. Overall it worked, but it's a far cry from the factory set-up.

Works great 07 Dodge Ram 2500

Written By bhoth, Utah on Friday, February 10, 2012

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Works great in 07 Dodge Ram 2500. using with alpine cde-133bt all 6 buttons are working as desired. Instructions were not that clear, i had to call PAC support twice but once i got the correct info, i was able to get the programming done.

Pros: works good once it's programmed.

Cons: instructions could be better

If you have a 04+ Ram, you need this!

Written By Brian, Tucson, AZ on Thursday, February 09, 2012

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If you take your time with this, its not difficult. Crutchfield offered to help me over the phone but was able to program it myself. Tried the Metra unit before, doesn't work with the Ram's databus. Got blinking lights, door chimes, killed my gauges. Spliced three wires with this kit, did the programming, bam. Done. Slight delay on commands sent but may be more my old switches.

Pros: Works where Metra SWC did not.

Cons: Little complicated but if you take your time, read the directions, its easy.

In '06 Passat

Written By MarkK, Osceola, WI on Saturday, February 04, 2012

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Non functional with the PAC C2R-VW2

Pros: None

Cons: Haven't gotten around to returning it yet.

This is the one for me!

Written By First Time DIYer, Waldorf, Md on Saturday, February 04, 2012

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PAC SWC - This one worked for me. Returned METRA and switched interfaces over a week ago and no mysterious goings-on's. I'd give this 5 stars but it's true what I'd heard, the response to button presses requires deliberate timing. It seems to go into sleep-mode between uses. But it does WORK!!!

Pros: It works!!!

Cons: Needs auto programming. Needs better/quicker response to steering wheel controls.

Don't take away my steering wheel controls!

Written By R-L, Los Angeles, CA. on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

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I was a little dissapointed to learn that my new car stereo would not work directly with my car's controls. This little jem solved that problem. Translates the resistor network controls in the steering wheel to digital remote commmands that your car stereo will understand. I'm using mine in a Mazda with a Kenwood KDC-x395. In my application I had to move a pin in the harness adapter to make this work (that's an issue with the harness). The internet is very useful when working with this product.

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: Programming can be frustrating but stick with it, It will work. The response will not be quick as the controls with the old OEM stereo (you may have no alternatives).

Steering Wheel Controls Adapter

Written By Robert, Lee's Summit, MO on Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Fairly easy to install. I had a little trouble with the programming of the unit for my '03 Chevy Silverado. It works great once I got it all programmed. I just zip tied it in place under the dash once I finished the programming.

Pros: Reasonable way to keep about 80% of steering wheel controls function!

Works ok on '02 Ford

Written By Dan, Austin, TX on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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I'm glad I could replace my old factory stereo with a shiny new one, and still use my steering wheel buttons. I believe it makes for safer driving.

Getting this unit installed was easier than I expected. I was alarmed to find all the wires in the package, but in the end only 3 wires were required. I was glad to see it doesn't forget its settings when the battery is disconnected.

Programming it was the hardest part. I really had to plan my steps to get through all the button presses in the right order. I think the instructions could be improved a bit here -- it would have been nicer to just have separate groups of steps, like for "version 4" or not, rather than mixing if-then-else stuff into one list.

The worst thing about it for me is that the volume up/down are not very fast for a single press, and I have to hold the button for almost a second. But if I hold the volume button it blasts through the volume range way too fast.

06 Dodge? Don't bother.

Written By Kris H, Shreveport, LA on Saturday, November 19, 2011

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I recently had to replace my OEM radio for a new sat nav unit, and wanted to keep the functionality of the steering wheel controls. The answer from Crutchfield was the PAC SWI-JACK, which was easy to install and fairly easy to program (although the 7 sec timeout for programming new buttons was frustrating at first). The major issue was that it simply doesn't work as advertised. I was able to program only 2 of the 6 buttons that controlled my OEM radio - the volume buttons. The PAC SWI-JACK simply does not allow use of the seek, source or preset buttons for my 2006 Dodge.

Bottom line - it's not worth the money, find something else as this product is basically useless.

Pros: Ease of installation and programming

Cons: Simply doesn't work as advertised.

All of my factory buttons do not function.

Written By sgd, Kansas City on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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I installed this with the pac adaptor for 2006 dodge vehicles and only 4 out of 6 of my steering wheel buttons function properly. I reprogrammed the module 3 or 4 times and even called tech support and never got any better.


Written By Paul, Albuquerque, NM on Friday, October 21, 2011

After making my way through the contradicting instructions that came with the unit and the instructions online, I got the unit installed, just to realize that the steering wheel controls did not react anything like they did with the factory stereo. Volume would jump from silent to blaring with one touch, and then not turn down. I eventually removed the device from my car and returned it to Crutchfield.

Cons: There is nothing to like about this product. It is difficult to install (soldering resistors and capacitors inline) and works intermitently, if at all.


Written By DL, PA on Thursday, October 06, 2011

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Works but don't call manufacturer for support. I called and they basically told me I was out of luck.

It works...

Written By Richard I, Lake Havasu City, AZ on Monday, October 03, 2011

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Vehicle: 1999 Land Rover Discovery 2 Head Unit: Kenwood KIV-701

The Pros: Once this unit installed in does in deed work! I'm able to use Vol Up, Vol Down, Mode (Source), Skip Up, Skip Down... The unit appears to have more functions and is only limited by my steering wheel as those features listed are the only buttons on my wheel.

The Cons: The instructions leave a little to be desired. Thank goodness for Crutchfield Tech Support in helping me find the correct wire for my year vehicle (my year was oddly omitted from the instructions). Kuddos to Tech Support! Programming the unit took the longest, only because I made a few mistakes and had to keep starting over. I suggest you read the entire instructions a couple times before starting the process so you don't land up having to start over a couple times...

My last issue and it may be a minor one is the adapter seems delayed... I press Vol Up and nothing happens... I hold the vol up and a split second later the volume moves up 5 notches... Hold it down too long and it pushes the volume to the limit. I'm getting used to the delay but it sure surprises you when you're not expecting full volume...

Simple, see instructions on PAC's website

Written By kinukawa, Petersburg, VA on Friday, September 23, 2011

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I highly reccommend using the application guide from the PAC-audio website as opposed to the one shipped with the SWI-JACK. The programming instructions and picture of the wire you need to splice into for steering wheel controls is much clearer in the online instructions as opposed "Lt Green wire" in the instructions that came with it... There were more than one in my 05 GMC Sierra w/ Bose. Crutchfield Tech Support said the Axxcess version utilized the steering wheel interface connections from the GMOS04 adapter - that would have been a bit simpler I think rather than tapping the steering wheel controls at the steering column. Took about two minutes to program once I supplemented the instructions with those from PAC's website. Works great; no complaints.

ok, but not great

Written By tom, sacto, ca on Friday, September 16, 2011

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Bought this with my new stereo and dash kit for my G35. It is a bit expensive for what it does. Install is not that easy but the instructions were great. you have to soldier a couple of resisters to wires you cut from the factory harness and then cut a random wire from the harness and connect to the ground. This is for my car and every car has a different set of resisters (or not) and get the picture. The steering wheel volume button now has a slight delay so that if you hold it too short there is no volume change and if you hold it slightly too long, you blast your ears out. After a few weeks I have still not gotten use to the delay and I rarely use the steering wheel buttons anymore, BUT, they all work and I guess that is better than dead buttons....but for the price???? I could have had a nice subwoofer. I bought this with a new HU and free install gear which are great, so overall I extremely pleased with Crutchfield and would purchase all the same again, even the PAC SW1.

Conflicting instructions, limited operation

Written By Brad E, Sarasota, FL on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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I've worked on every aspect of a car and a computer, and I read instructions thoroughly before I start on projects. Even so, this was a frustrating install for two reasons: 1) the in-package instructions conflicted with the online vehicle- specific instructions, with the actual solution being somewhere in-between, and 2) the steering wheel buttons on my Honda Ridgeline are only partially supported, as some of the original functions do not have a corresponding function with the PAC module.

I'm certainly not going to tear my dash apart again simply to remove this item, but I will definitely put more consideration into whether I REALLY need steering wheel controls for any future vehicles. I actually find myself relying on the head unit's remote more often than the steering wheel controls, because it's just not the same.


Written By Kathy, Gillette,WY on Sunday, September 11, 2011

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The instructions for the Swi-jack for my 2007 Hyundai Azera were awful. They said to wire it two different ways. Should have called Crutchfield right away rather than trying to muddle through them. After hours of frustration and taking the stereo apart three times got it to work. This is not for a beginner with resistors needing to be soldered into the wires. My suggestion is to use the remote and forget the steering wheel controls. Thank you crutchfield for good support and being open on Sunday!

Not for the average DIY'er

Written By MidloRichard, Midlothian, TX on Sunday, September 04, 2011

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Instructions for my specific vehicle didn't make sense. It called for grounding a PIN on the connector that had nothing going to it. Gave it 2 stars because I assume it works as prescribed when the instructions and application are compatible. I aborted this option and decided to do without the steering wheel controls. Unit came with a remote, so that will have to work. Good luck.

Steering Wheel Control harness

Written By Desert Fox, Colorado on Sunday, August 28, 2011

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The harness works great and is easy to install, actually easier than I expected it to be.

It is a little hard to program. You have to follow the instructions exactly. I had Crutchfield tech support on the phone with me and it works fine now.


Written By Rob, Spinnerstown PA on Friday, July 08, 2011

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The PAC SWI-JACK was fairly easy to install, although soldering resistors into a wire harness was at the threshold of my comfort level. Programming instructions did not apply to my vehicle, contact with PAC was of little help. I probably should have called Crutchfield, but I guess in my Flux induced haze, I got through it on my own.


Written By Anonymous, grand raoids MI on Saturday, July 02, 2011

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it works pretty good, but im a little bit disappointed because I paid this much to retain the function of 5 buttons when the steering wheel has 8 thats why I think its a little overpriced, I installed it myself in a 2006 trailblazer therefore i can say it easy to install after a little bit of reading.I also like the fact that it comes with a web link with instructions and a picture specific of your car.

1 year after install

Written By 2006 Magnum, Mass. on Thursday, June 02, 2011

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This is not an install for a beginner, leave it to the pro or semi pro's I installed this 1 year ago, long story short, I have a 2006 Dodge Magnum with an AMP but no sub. I installed an Alpine GPS Blue Tooth radio. Out of the blue, I would shut the car off and the AMP would shut off, as it should but the radio would stay on. Further review of re checking my install (which was working fine for a year) everything is hooked up the way it should be. Well the culprit was the RED WIRE to the PAC. There is no need for this wire to be hooked up. I cut the RED wire to the PAC and all is working as it should. Radio stays on until I open my door. No more dead car battery. This info could have been useful for most newer Dodge vehicles, if they would have done some testing.

A necessary evil

Written By Chris, Lehi, UT on Wednesday, June 01, 2011

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I gave it a relatively high three stars, because it does work as advertised. I won't go into the merits of why I needed this, as that is obvious.

People have trouble setting it up, because the directions are confusing. They take eight pages to explain what should take two. I spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out what a step was wanting me to do when I realized it wasn't telling me to do anything! It was just rehashing previous steps and "preparing" me for what was next. Here's a hint: read through ALL of the instructions before you even start. If a step confuses you, move on, as it will most likely be explained better in the next step. Then, once you feel you understand, write down your own short instructions. If you do that, it'll take you 10 minutes to set up.

My other complaint is that it's definitely NOT as good as the factory system. My factory radio (Mazda) responded instantly to every little button press. So, one quick press of Vol+ instantly increased the volume by one. With this device, there is a hesitation, so you have to press and hold it. Then, of course, the volume goes up several notches. So I find myself in a constant battle of holding it for a 1/2 second at a time, hoping it will only go up one or two notches. Ultimately I reach for the radio knob for volume adjustments.

I'm glad this product exists, and it was worth it. Just don't expect it to function as well as your factory unit, unless the description above describes your factory radio.

It does what I need it to do! YAY!!!

Written By Paul S., Greenville, SC, USA on Sunday, May 29, 2011

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I would actually give this 4½ stars for these three deficiencies: (1) the wires were just the right length, but needed to be just a little bit longer and (2) the hardcopy instructions that came with this were in microscopic print and (3) the car-specific online instructions did not include pictures or diagrams.

Once I got out the magnifying glass, the microscopic instructions did help. However, this installation is NOT for total newbies or people who are afraid to cut a wire! Fortunately, I found the right wire in the factory harness in the steering column and was able to verify it was the right wire before cutting it and splicing the SWI-JACK in. Programming instructions were spot-on. It works wonderfully with all six of my Jeep Gr Cherokee's steering wheel controls! That's what I needed!

I round up to 5 stars.


Written By Art, Vancouver, WA on Sunday, May 22, 2011

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I tried to follow the instructions for installing this product. 1st it states that you will only use 3 wires, but 4 are necessary; Red, Black, yellow/green, and 4 my Jeep GC a white one. Next it tells you to remove covers on the steering column, yea right one torx screw (I have torx;s from size T5 thru T60). It was a phillips head screw but the bottom cover of the steering column would not come off. I tried sliding, prying, pushing, etc After over an hour, I gave up. There was no way I was going to ruin the Leather pieces. So I cut the other 3 wires I had soIder together & have the PAC-jack parts in the house just sitting there possibly forever. OK, Don't think I am a complete incompetent, I have managed to install amplifiers and sub woofers in 2 PU trucks, and 2 Jeeps and a Honda Accord coupe. Also new radios into the same Jeeps and PU trucks. including Sony Explode and Kenwood receivers and new speakers, etc etc. So I am driving the Jeep with the new blue tooth radio without steering wheel controls.


Written By Wright936, Pittsburg, TX on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I bought this in order to keep my steering wheel controls in my '05 Silverado when I bought my Kenwood XDC-X935 receiver. The installation was a bit of a pain, but it wasn't too difficult. The most confusing thing was that it included several resistors in a little bag. This made me a little nervous, and it actually said that my vehicle required me to use them to get it to work. There wasn't much of an explanation of how to wire them, so I just figured I would try it without using them and see how it went. It worked just fine! Not exactly sure what they are for, but apparently I didn't need them.

The programming took me a few minutes, but it was fairly painless. I do not experience the lag that other people mention in other reviews. When I push the volume or track button on my steering wheel, it does it instantly. It works great! I just gave it 4 stars for the confusing installation.

Saved my steering wheel controls!

Written By DanD, Atanta, GA on Monday, April 11, 2011

Works as advertised. It was a bit challenging to install and configure, but the
directions were very complete and accurate. You could use an extra pair of
hands to push the programming button, while you are ready at the steering wheel
controls. One gotcha is that it is a bit slow to respond. You have to hold the
steering wheel control down for about 1/2 second for the head unit to respond.
Only problem is for volume, it does nothing for that 1/2 second, then shoots up
abruptly. Also, for "next track", it often goes to fast forward instead because
of the delay.

On the plus side, you can assign any remote function that you want to any
button, so it gives you some freedom. And, freedom is good!


Written By Steve, San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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The controls work fine, but I notice I have to push my steering wheel controls a lot
harder for any of the functions to work. For example, with the factory stock radio I
was able to tap the volume button up and down. Now I have to firmly press the
button down for the volume to change.

Get the one from Axxess

Written By Carl, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, March 26, 2011

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I had this controller first as it was "recommended" on the site. the install was a nightmare. I should had known when it came with resistors that is going to be a no go. PAC support wasn't much help so I returned for the one from Axxess (AKA Metra) steering wheel controler for the same price.


Written By Jeff, Forest Hill, MD on Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Was not able to program. Worked with tech support and still was not able to program. Physical install was easy only 3 wires. Unit was returned for a full credit without issue.

Works, but involved

Written By Andrew, Ypsilanti, MI on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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Controller works ok. The installed is can be very confusing with all of the wires
involved. Over all it works on my F150 with just a little delay when the button is

Not as easy as you think...

Written By Jim, South Jersey on Monday, March 07, 2011

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This item is more universal than I thought. This was bought for a Toyota Tundra, maybe I should have researched deeper... Included are resistors that may need to be wired into all sorts of different wiring schemes. I've installed several head units, amps, sat. radios, but this was my first steering wheel contol unit. I will never buy another one. Best of luck to anyone who buys this.

if you can get it to work... must be awesome

Written By jonny, winston salem, nc on Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Included directions were terrible, online directions worse, provided wrong diagram for connector in my truck. after multiple emails and calls to PAC, got it sorted...following frying of the oem bluetooth module. awesome. luckily, new kenwood headunit works better with bt anyway. check PAC website for your instructions on your car before you buy!

Worked alright once wired correctly

Written By Ol' Beaks, Raleigh NC on Monday, February 21, 2011

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This product worked ok once I wired it up correctly. Having my steering wheel
buttons back is very nice. The only drawback to this product is that there is
around a 250ms delay before a button is registered as pushed. This means that
you must hold down the button for around 1/4 second before it detects you have
pushed it. You get used to this quickly, and it is not a major problem.

I'm very glad this product exists, and I'd recommend it, even with its minor flaw.


Written By Andy, Adjuntas, PR on Monday, February 14, 2011

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This steering wheel control adapter is quite good since it allows you to use this factory feature with an aftermarket stereo. I had issues while programming it and had to call a Crutchfield Tech for assistance, but even then I can only access volume and tuner controls. There are two buttons that I was unable to program.

Not the best

Written By Anonymous, Green Bay, WI on Saturday, February 12, 2011

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Well this is the only component that I have yet to get to work. Sure wish I hadn't spent
the money on it. Every time I attempt to program it the light stays on and then after about
20secs flashes three times and goes off signifying that it has been programed even
though it won't accept anything. Very dissapointing.

Not plug and play

Written By Steve, Corpus Christi, TX on Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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This is not a plug and play type controller. Every steering wheel control has to be
programmed in order. Not all that diffcult...just frustrating, because I thought it would be
plug and play.
Dont be affraid of the crazy instructions that it comes with, just go to the website
(address is included in the packaging) and use those directions. They are vehicle
specific. You do have to use the packaged instruction to find out which Resistor to use.

Does some of what it is supposed to...

Written By BK, Tallahassee, FL on Tuesday, February 08, 2011

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It took me a long time to install this item. I had to go to the store and purchase solder to
install the resistor in one of the wires. In the end I am dissappointed. The volume
control works. I can change the input from FM to CD to USB, etc. I can't get the track to
change. I can't get the radio stations to change. Most of the functionality of the original
Toyota radio is gone. I wish I had not spent the money on this item.

At least they work sometimes

Written By Paul, Illinois on Monday, February 07, 2011

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We have messed with it a couple of times, unfortunately the steering wheel controls only work about 60% of the time.


Written By Jim, Cosmos,MN on Sunday, February 06, 2011

Need to read instructions for programing before you start. Goes a little quick
if you are not ready. Otherwise it works without hesitation.

Would Recommend

Written By Anonymous, Kingwood,WV on Saturday, February 05, 2011

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There is a little delay but not real bad. I use it and like it. Make sure when hooking it up
you use the ground wire at wiring harness steering wheel and combine it with the
chasis ground. The directions are not real clear. I used this on Toyota Tacoma and the
wiring for the steering was located by the car audio w