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PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

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

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PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter


Our take on the PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

You want to install an aftermarket stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. PAC's SWI-CP5 adapter allows you to use the steering wheel audio controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select radios from Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony.


You want to install an aftermarket stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. PAC's SWI-CP5 adapter allows you to use the steering wheel audio controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select radios from Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony.

More features, easy programming

The SWI-CP5 adapter allows retention of steering wheel audio controls, rear seat audio controls, and retained accessory power (RAP) in a wide selection of vehicles. You can also assign two radio functions to each SWC button by using short press/long press functionality. The SWI-CP5 works in vehicles with either data or analog steering wheel control signals.

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. You can program this adapter with your smartphone, with your tablet or PC, from a USB flash drive, or manually. The direct connection to the stereo eliminates the need for an infrared emitter, allowing the adapter to function even in bright sunlight. Step-by-step LED confirmation makes programming easy. Once connected, the SWI-CP5's failsafe memory will learn up to 12 stereo functions, retaining them even if battery power is interrupted. Warranty: 1 year.

Important Note: On some vehicles, you may need a voltmeter to locate the correct wires to connect to the SWI-CP5. If you have no car audio installation experience, you should consider professional installation. The SWI-CP5 works with most Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony car stereos that have a wired remote control input or a dedicated steering wheel input.

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 wiring interface to connect your new car stereo to your vehicle, then it most likely will have a prewired connector for this PAC adapter so no wiring is required. PAC does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their web site.

What's in the Box:

  • Steering wheel control interface module
  • 18" SWC harness
  • 6" USB extension cable
  • Instructions
  • Trouble Shooting

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter Reviews

Average Customer Review:

45 Reviews

Works but setup not straightforward

Written by: Jeff from Pensacola, FL on June 26, 2016

2002 BMW 3 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works 99 percent of the time. Sometimes you have to work the volume before skip will work.

Pros: Works. Keeps steering wheel controls.

Cons: Complicated setup had to contact Crutchfield tech.

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Sterling, MA on June 20, 2016

2003 Acura 3.2TL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I tried wiring this product but the instructions were not very clear. I wired it up the way that the instructions told me to, but it does not work, I'll just have to do some tinkering to try and solve the problem. I am sure that it works great but to install it is confusing



Crutchfield response on June 21, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

GM Steering Wheel Controls Adapter

Written by: wkman from San Angelo, TX on June 10, 2016

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked like it is supposed to.

Pros: Easy Install.

Cons: N/A

Worked great

Written by: Mick from Maryland on June 2, 2016

2012 Chevrolet Traverse
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Made the install easy to integrate steering wheel controls




Written by: Chris m from Jacksonville FL on May 23, 2016

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Connections appeared simple. Didn't apply to my vehicle. Great return policy!

Pros: Easy hook-up

Cons: None

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Sheel Control

Written by: Karen from Indiana on May 10, 2016

2001 Chevrolet Camaro
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was not compatible with internet and had to manually program controls. Looked easy in the brochure but needed to call and ask for help.



A little tricky, but worth it

Written by: Youssef from Portland, OR on April 24, 2016

2000 Buick Park Avenue
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was going to dock one star because of the mess wiring this thing, but having FULL control over my steering wheel controls, even being able to reprogram some buttons I didnt use into more useful features, this is a five star product! BEWARE: wiring the CP5 took a phone call to crutchfield to resolve, and I made some silly errors on my part(based on instructions on the paper provided) Basically on my vehicle, there were some wires on the FACTORY/VEHICLE side of the harness that needed to be cut and connected directly, and that part wasnt obvious nor clear until I made that phone call. The crutchfield technician on the phone was GREAT! As I rewired the CP5 correctly based on his instructions, a twenty minute phone call later, I had a fully functioning product! He was very patient as he explained and confirmed numerous times which wires I needed, and helped me all the way through getting this thing working! I left the USB programming cable sticking out of the dash(in a non obvious location), in case I want to remap buttons, or change the way some buttons on the steering wheel work. Its a nifty little device, and if you can get past wiring it yourself, or having someone install it for you, I think its worth it

Pros: Able to reprogram buttons on the steering wheel that were barely used to do more useful stuff(Scan button now answers incoming calls) Able to program single buttons to do two different actions based on the amount of time a button is pressed(pressed vs held actions) Can easily reprogram the device with supplied usb cable, as long as that USB cable is somewhere accessible(either hidden or sticking out)

Cons: Wiring can be a bit frustrating for the inexperienced

Does what it's supposed to do

Written by: John B from cocoa, FL on March 27, 2016

2003 Buick Century
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It does what it's designed to do, no worries. Neither the provided manual nor the free app correctly identified how to tie the unit harness into the main wiring harness, but a quick call to the manufacturer resolved it. Easy enough to install.

Pros: No complaints on function!!

Cons: My only disappointment was having to contact the manufacturer on wiring instructions. The paperwork or the app should have clearer instructions, it would be easy enough to provide. If you buy this unit, be prepared to make the call, and do so during weekday business hours. Weekend warriors like me have to pull the dash apart twice...

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: kenny m from marlboro, NJ on March 18, 2016

2010 Chevrolet Corvette
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

very good product little bit more money then the other ones but well worth it works perfect easy installation easy instructions step by step great no problem and thanks crutchfield for super fast delivery 2 days at my door and for the follow up great company and staff

Pros: very good if you have any doubts this product works great highly recommend it

Cons: no

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Keith from Old Bridge, NJ on March 17, 2016

2001 Dodge Durango
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works just like the factory controls in my Dodge and I like that you can program it with the mobile app to customize the button functions to your liking. Some of the wiring instructions on the app are wrong but I called Crutchfield and had it fixed in a few minutes.There are about 20 wires on it so it might look confusing but they're all for different vehicles. I only ended up needing 5 wires.

Pros: Great if you love your factory controls and don't want to give them up. It is pretty easy to install. You can program the buttons.

Cons: Just as an FYI, if it ends up telling you in the instructions to connect both the red wire and red/white wire to the same power wire it will backfeed and the head unit and this adaptor wont turn off. Use only the red wire if this happens.


Written by: Adam from Williamsburg, VA on March 14, 2016

2001 Chevrolet Camaro
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unit was DOA, seems to be a common issue

Pros: Android was actually helpful

Cons: Confusing at first until you realize you only need about 2-3 of the 30 wires that come with it. Would not power on.

Crutchfield response on March 15, 2016 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. In this case we would've sent out a replacement free of charge. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Great product.

Written by: Dave from Auburn, AL on March 12, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy install and setup. Definitely recommend.


Cons: None

Works as intended (with a few drinks)

Written by: Colton from freeport, IL on March 5, 2016

Very very difficult install, however once installed correctly it works great. I'm not docking this review because of my lack of wiring experience. This unit works very well, it's just a pain to install. Using a 2004 Cadillac CTS works great with my Pioneer X2800

Pros: Works, even with my rotary know and all buttons. Very reliable once installed correctly.

Cons: Software is a pain to program the unit. Very difficult to install and get the wires correct.

Good history, bad experience

Written by: ChrisM from Kearney, ne on January 16, 2016

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have had pax products on the past and have been very impressed with the results I have had. So when it came time to look for a steering wheel control adapter, PAC was the first name I thought of. Even after discussing the application I was to use it in with a member of the Crutchfield tech team, it reassured my choice in staying with the pac product. After receiving and having multiple attempts to install and program, I found that this product was a piece of junk. Very dissapointed with the install instructions, especially when it came down to having the app downloaded on a mobile device to do so. After 2 call in to the tech team to troubleshoot programming issues, it still did not respond with my alpine head unit and I ended up removing it and sending it back to Crutchfield. As of now I am still awaiting a refund. I did not want to try a replacement unit, as I figured if one was junk, they probably all are. I will definitely consider a different brand next time I consider an electronic adapter.



At your fingertips

Written by: David T. from Louisville, KY on December 30, 2015

2001 Acura 3.2TL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Functions just like factory.

Pros: Keeps factory functions. Not very hard to install.

Cons: May need tech support help programming.

Steering wheel controller.

Written by: Johnny from Alabama on December 26, 2015

2004 Lexus RX330
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Went to web sight to get wiring information. A connector for the C2 would of been nice so the factory wiring does not have to be cut.

Pros: Works great

Cons: Getting it wired up was a bit difficult.


Written by: Trent from Utah on December 23, 2015

1999 Buick LeSabre
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had problems connecting this to my LeSabre. However after contacting the support at PAC I will always buy from them. They helped me step by step to install this product into my car. After which all my controls worked perfectly.

Pros: *Great customer support *Works as intended

Cons: *All diagrams are for connecting to the cars wiring harness not the adapter you get from crutchfield. (This really isnt a con as much as it is an FYI)


Written by: RI from Anchorage, AK on December 17, 2015

2006 Acura MDX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as intended after wiring as per PAC tech support instructions. Crutchfield support didn't quite understand my problem with this unit but did help with other parts of my installation.

Pros: Steering controls work as promised. Unit attaches near radio with Velcro tape and is out of the way.

Cons: none

Very dissatisfied

Written by: Rico from Louisville, KY on November 27, 2015

2000 Acura 3.2TL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2000 Acura 3.2TL. Mitgrad's review is spot on. Appears he actually got it to work. After all of the same frustration he encountered, mine physically broke. The USB port fell back into itself. Crutchfield took it back no problem. I really wanted it to work, and am pretty good with stuff, but I found this product to be substandard.

Pros: Can't think of anything.

Cons: Just about everything. A total failure.

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Florida on November 24, 2015

2004 BMW 3 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works Pretty well... the next button on my car needs to be hit more than once at times to advance to the next track etc (bmw) but it does work.

Pros: volume control works fine

Cons: need to hit button more than once at times

Did not work in my car

Written by: Pfluff from Oklahoma on November 24, 2015

2006 Acura MDX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After several calls with support and a few hours of sinking around they told me to return it - it was not compatible with my car.

Pros: Program using your phone.

Cons: Not compatible. Tech support. Waste of time.

Smart adapter

Written by: JohnC from Virginia on November 23, 2015

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This intelligent adapter is easy to program and reasonably easy to wire. Hook it up to your computer and the PAC app will quickly program it for your make/model/year car. It's best to wire it along with your new radio since some connections are common to both and it will save time.

Pros: Easy to program Wiring reasonable

Cons: Lots of wire on the PAC plug - intimidating - but I only needed to use a few per instructions

Very good device, takes a bit of work

Written by: LiamD from Ohio on November 22, 2015

2001 Acura 3.2TL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was a great choice a feel for my installation, it took a bit of work to get working but it was worth it to keep my wheel controls. The documentation for installation is not very good and was a bit confusing.

Pros: -Works flawlessly

Cons: -Documentation sucks

It works, but you will pay for it with your sanity

Written by: Mitgrad from Texas on November 14, 2015

2004 Lexus RX330
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I can't believe that Crutchfield actually sells and promotes this device. It's not that this device doesn't ultimately work...because it does. It's the Abysmal install documentation, and the super-buggy configuration app that will push you to the edge of your sanity. To begin with, the installation documentation on this company's website is nearly absent. Nearly every reference to the installation/wiring diagrams tells you to run their app. BUT...the app will only work (and by that, I mean it won't just immediately crash on you) unless the device is attached. I found this true on both iOS and Windows platforms. And, even with the device attached, I found their app to be highly reliable. Once I finally managed to find the right delicate combination of things to make the app work long enough to spit out the wiring diagrams, I was able to get a REALLY *&!$@ing confusing set of wiring instructions. Even with two (fairly worthless) calls to Crutchfield's tech support, it still took a couple hours to figure out how I was really supposed to connect it to my car. Shame on you, Crutchfield, for selling such a horrible product, and for putting it your bundle of recommended installation parts!

Pros: After wading through Horrible documentation, and dealing with a super-buggy configuration app, the thing actually works. That's the only reason that I'm giving this product any stars at all.

Cons: Some of the worst user/installation documentation that I've ever encountered. As of this writing, their configuration app crashes/hangs on both iOS and Windows platforms unless you have the device connected. Even when the device is connected, the app is completely unreliable.

Doesn't work

Written by: Tim from Spokane valley, wa on November 3, 2015

2000 Chrysler Town and Country
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Did not work for my Chrysler town and country... Need to return



PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: DaveG from Illinois on October 5, 2015

2006 Chrysler Town and Country
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works very well and easy to use




Written by: ChrisM from Colorado on October 2, 2015

2003 Acura 3.2TL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great easy to install unit that makes your factory controls on the steering wheel work like a charm.

Pros: Easy to use, easy to install

Cons: Not all the instructions were great. I had to call customer service to walk me through some of the wiring. Of course the (should be award winning) customer service was amazing at walking me through a mystery wire.

Does what it says

Written by: Ryan from North Carolina on September 28, 2015

2003 BMW 3 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit does what it says, but it definitely isn't an easy install. It isn't difficult, but the documentation is poor at best and the resources online to get it done are lacking. Luckily, Crutchfield support fills in that gap. One of those stars is because of them.

Pros: It works

Cons: difficult to install. Poor documentation

Can Program Additional Controls

Written by: Dane H from Kansas on September 11, 2015

2002 Chevrolet Camaro
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The PAC SWI-CP5 works great. I love the fact you can keep you factory controls with aftermarket radios. The ability to program additional commands to the existing steering wheel control buttons is a big plus as I can now answer & end phone calls with the buttons that I want. My 2002 Camaro SS did not come with Bluetooth from the factory & this makes using my phone easy. Installation can be confusing as you definitely need to reference their website or use their ControlPro app as you may have MANY unused/unneeded wires as I did. The general wiring instructions that are included in the box is very generic as the needed wire connections depends on not only your vehicle, but also on the brand of head unit you are installing. When you are installing it, make sure you wire the 12V ignition source in a series circuit and NOT a parallel circuit. You should separately connect the solid RED wire from the PAC SWI-CP5 to the solid RED wire on the WIRING HARNESS ADAPTER for your vehicle & THEN connect the RED/WHITE wire from the PAC SWI-CP5 to the solid RED wire on your AFTERMARKET HEAD UNIT. DON'T wire all the wires together as it will create a "power" loop & the head unit will then NOT TURN OFF when you turn your vehicle off. Programming the PAC SWI-CP5 was a breeze with the ControlPro app on my android phone. Once again, being able to program additional controls to the buttons is awesome, especially for a vehicle that did not have Bluetooth from the factory.

Pros: Retains ALL factory steering wheel controls PLUS the ability to program additional controls to the existing buttons. Programming was simple with the ControlPro app.

Cons: May have numerous unused/unneeded wires to tuck away in the dash & wiring instructions were not 100% clear.


Written by: KevinK from Montana on August 16, 2015

2003 Dodge Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The wiring instructions were poor and even incorrect but the Crutchfield tech support was awesome. Programming the unit was super easy with the phone app and it works great. Seems a little pricey for what it does though.

Pros: Does what is supposed to do

Cons: Poor wiring diagram and instructions and pricey

Had to Return it

Written by: Whitetiger from WY on August 13, 2015

2004 Buick Regal
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had to return this item because I could not get it to work on the 2004 Buick Regal. I emailed the company 6 times and talked to Crutchfield 3 times before it was decided that I needed a different interface. I think it would have worked IF the wiring instructions from PAC was correct for this car. Crutchfield even had the wrong wiring diagram and manufacturers connection for this car. I was not impressed with PAC Customer service . They were very vague on helping me. They would not give me answers to my questions or offer more help. Crutchfield was wonderful in trying to help me the best they could having incorrect information too.

Pros: It had features that I wanted to adapt to my bluetooth phone.

Cons: Need a proper the wiring diagram for a 2004 Buick Regal.

Kind of Works

Written by: Garey from Texas on August 10, 2015

2014 Chevrolet Spark
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I found this hard to program. I had to reset it and reprogram it several times. Not all functions on my steering column work with this unit but the important ones do. So, I do not think it is great but it is not bad either.

Pros: Somewhat easy to install.

Cons: Lots of wires. Does not functionally work with all steering column buttons. Had to use a cable tie to hold plug in to stay in. Reprogrammed it several times by both iPhone and Computer.

It does what it's supposed to

Written by: GBTheater from Washington on August 6, 2015

2011 Chevrolet Traverse
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well, it does do what it is supposed to in my 2011 Chevy Traverse. All of my steering wheel controls work as they are designed to with the stereo.

Pros: Easy to program with an iPhone. Works as designed. All of my steering wheel controls work.

Cons: Challenging to wire. Certainly not Plug and Play. One more bulky thing to cram behind the stereo, wish it was smaller.

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Chad S from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 1, 2015

It took me a while to get to work when I originally installed it & then I had to get some work done at a local stereo shop & it stopped working all together. The tech contacted PAC & he couldn't get it to work even with their help. I tried to reprogram it again myself, but I could never get the app to work to program it, so i had to do it manually. The green light blinks when I hit the buttons on my steering wheel, however nothing works. The only time the volume works is when I hit the programmed stations button down & hold it. At that point the volume goes up (not exactly how I want it to work). To me this is a piece of garbage & I wouldn't advise buying it. Save your money, because it probably won't work anyway. I'm very disappointed with this purchase!

Pros: It lights up when you hook it up.

Cons: It doesn't work & the app that is supposed to help you program it doesn't work either. This product is garbage & not worth the money!

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Joe from Chicago on June 9, 2015

2001 BMW M3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect fit

Pros: Works as intended


Steering wheel adapter

Written by: Aaron from South Portland Maine on April 21, 2015

2004 Cadillac CTS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So glad I bought this. I didn't in my last car and missed my steering wheel controls

Pros: Keeps controls on steering wheel working.

Cons: No easy to install.

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Waikoloa, hi on April 3, 2015

2004 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked great



Didn't work with my vehicle

Written by: LarryB from Amarillo, Texas on March 26, 2015

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I can't say that it is a bad product... it may work very nicely in other vehicles. Unfortunately it was not compatible with my 2005 Chevy Cobalt. That vintage of Cobalt doesn't put a switched control voltage on the line to tell the CP5 unit to turn on. Therefore, it never recognizes the steering wheel control signals. The folks at Crutchfield were very helpful in advising me on installation and testing and then were most gracious to allow me to return the item for refund when we discovered the problem. The installation instructions that accompany the product were not easy to follow.

Pros: Unknown - since it was not compatible with my vehicle.

Cons: Inadequate installation instructions. I was able to figure out how to install it, but when it didn't work due to incompatibility with my vehicle, the instructions were not adequate to help me determine the problem.

Crutchfield response on March 31, 2015 Thank you for taking the time to submit a review and, more importantly, for your patience in troubleshooting the problem. Oddly, PAC's site says that the CP5 is compatible with your car. We'll investigate further and update our database accordingly.

pac cp5

Written by: Kameron from Mo. on March 23, 2015

2002 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

To many different sets of instructions.. paper instructions .. mobil ap car specific head unit specific instructions.. that have a diagram at the top and then say something completely dif at the bottom... wire diagram also didn't match my new jvc unit.. so it didn't work.. $89 down the drain... good luck if you buy it expect to call support.

Pros: looked to be well made very versitile in the videos.

Cons: Poor poor poor instructions...

Crutchfield response on March 24, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

It doesn't work

Written by: Anonymous from oshkosh wisconsin on March 7, 2015

2002 Buick Rendezvous
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well I have this product and it did not work memory kept on clearing I'm sending it back



Doesn't work

Written by: Anonymous from Belen NM on February 14, 2015

1999 Dodge Ram
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product does not work even with the team of experts giving advise

Pros: None

Cons: Wouldn't buy ever again can't get it to work

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Ohio on February 1, 2015

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Product. Love the App and how easy it was to program. Also Made my Install much easier.

Pros: App Programming, small, easy to install

Cons: Wiring Diagrams could tell you a little more about where you hook up to but I figured it all out

PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Wyoming, IL on January 17, 2015

2003 Buick Regal
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A little difficult to setup, but I called tech support a they helped get it working in about 30 minutes!




Written by: Guyhonda from Yonkers,ny on November 30, 2014

2006 Pontiac GTO
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not happy

Pros: Never got it to work. I've hooked up count less radios. cant say theirs a pro

Cons: The instructions in the papers it comes with an the instructions in the app will confuse you. I ended up burning out the unit cause it says hook up yellow blue wire an the paper instructions say only certain models but I entered my radio an car info in the app said used blue yellow ,an the unit started smoking. I threw it out wasted a 100 bucks

Crutchfield response on December 3, 2014 Installing a steering wheel audio control adapter can be tricky, and we always recommend contacting our Tech Support Team before you begin. They can confirm which wires are used and where they should be connected in your car. Crutchfield Tech Support is free with every order.

confusing to install, but worked

Written by: Charlie from Garner, nc on November 17, 2014

2006 Dodge Durango
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The instructions from Crutchfield were confusing. Took three calls in to tech support to get the wiring correct. If you get this it works great if you use the app to get the wiring and use it to program.




Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download the PAC SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Adapter manual

  • Steering wheel control interface module
  • 18" SWC harness
  • 6" USB extension cable
  • Instructions
  • Trouble Shooting

Product Research


Steering Wheel Control Interface: The PAC SWI-CP5 interface allows the retention of steering wheel controls (SWC), rear seat controls (RSC), and retained accessory power (RAP) when replacing the factory radio in select vehicles. The SWI-CP5 works in a wide range of vehicles and eliminates the need for in-line resistors and massive rewiring. It can be auto-programmed for your vehicle simply by using PAC's ControlPRO app on your Apple iOS/Android device or through your Windows 7 computer; it can also be programmed manually.

Vehicle Compatibility: The PAC SWI-CP5 steering wheel control interface is compatible in vehicles equipped with CAN Bus, GMLAN, Class II, LIN Bus, I-Bus, and Analog or Serial Data SWC. Compatible vehicle makes include Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Scion, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Click here for complete list of compatible vehicles.

Note: The PAC SWI-CP5 is equipped with a manual learning function for compatibility with unlisted analog vehicles.

Programming: The PAC SWI-CP5 steering wheel control interface is configurable using either App, Manual, or Flash mode.

  • App Mode: In App Mode, the SWI-CP5 is easily configurable using either a PC, smartphone, or tablet using the SWC module's USB port and PAC's simple downloadable app. Simply download the ControlPRO application (from iTunes, GooglePlay, or Windows) onto your Apple iOS 6.1+ device, Android 3.1+ tablet/smartphone, or Windows 7 computer/laptop. Once the app is installed, plug your Apple, Android, or Windows device into the SWI-CP5's USB port and the ControlPRO app will provide the ability to custom configure the SWI-CP5 interface and your vehicle's original steering wheel controls, to operate the functions of your new aftermarket radio. Click here for tutorial.
  • Manual Mode: In Manual Mode, the SWI-CP5 uses a pre-determined dipswitch configuration to assign the vehicle and SWC button functionality. The dipswitches on the side of the interface must be manually set to the proper configuration by the user. This mode is only compatible in vehicles with both analog SWC and a discrete 12-volt Accessory wire; vehicles with CAN-Bus cannot be manually programmed.
  • Flash Mode: In this mode, the SWI-CP5 can be configured using a USB flash drive and the supplied USB adapter. Simply download your configured vehicle file from the ControlPRO application on your Windows 7 computer or laptop to a USB thumbdrive and plug it into the SWC interface for auto-programming. The dipswitches on the side of the interface must all be set to down which is the default position. When using this method, it is not required to manually program the SWC buttons.
Note: All ControlPRO applications are dynamically updated and include the latest installation documents, control schematics, and product information for your vehicle.

Two-Function Assignment: Use of this interface allows you to program two radio functions to each SWC button by using short press/long press dual command functionality.

Programming Feedback: The SWI-CP5 interface offers audible feedback for programming confirmation and a highly visible tricolor LED  keeps you informed of the SWC module's status.

  • The red LED on the interface will turn on and the +12V accessory output wire will turn on. The green LED will flash each time it sees a steering wheel button pressed.
  • In vehicles equipped with retained accessory power (RAP) the accessory output and the red LED will remain active & keep the radio on for 10 minutes unless the driver side door is opened. In vehicles that do not support RAP the LED and accessory output will shut off when the key is switched or removed from the ignition.

Memory Retention: The PAC SWI-CP5 steering wheel interface retains memory even if power is lost.

Wire Code Chart:

Wire Color Function
Black (-) Chassis Ground
Yellow (+) 12V Constant Input
Red (+) 12V Accessory Input
Red/white (+) 12V Accessory Output
White (-) Analog SWC Input 1
White/black (-) Analog SWC Input 2
White/red (-) Analog SWC Input 3
Light Green (+) 12V Analog SWC Input
Pink (+) Dual Wire CAN Hi input
Pink/black (-) Dual Wire CAN Low input
Dark Green SW CAN Input
Purple Class II Data Input
Yellow/black 12V Serial Data Input
blue HVAC Output
Blue/yellow SWC output for Kenwood and Newer JVC
3.5mm Jack SWC output for Alpine, JVC, Clarion, Pioneer, Sony, Boyo, Dual, Advent, Lightning Audio, or Visteon
Note: We recommend that all wiring connections be soldered to ensure a sturdy and reliable connection.

Product Updates: The SWI-CP5 can be updated with new firmware as it becomes available using the device specific application or a USB flash drive.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

retaIM STEERING WHEEL FUNCTIONS [ Armando  Jul 01, 2016 ]
Best fit for vehicle to keep steering wheel controls [ Brandon  Jun 09, 2016 ]
Because I wanted the new head unit to interface with the existing steering wheel stereo controls [ JOHN A  May 18, 2016 ]
Steering wheel controls help keep my hands on the wheel and my eyes on the road. [ JOSH  Apr 01, 2016 ]
To retain my steering wheel controls. [ Simon  Mar 11, 2016 ]
I didn't want to lose my steering wheel controls when removing the stock radio. Plus this adapter was at a great discount when purchased with the receiver and you can customize the button functions. [ Keith  Mar 03, 2016 ]
required to keep steering wheel control [ stephen tyler  Jan 07, 2016 ]
Retain Steering Wheel Control [ DAVID  Dec 05, 2015 ]

5 questions already asked

I actually bought this for my 2000 Buick Park avenue. after removing the rear mounting bracket(which in my case, I simply broke it off), I stuck it behind the passenger side air vent next to the airbag. [ AMIR W  May 07, 2016 ]
Generally the steering wheel adapter will install in your dash behind your new radio once it's installed. When you purchase from Crutchfield, we include Tech Support who can help figure out the best installation location in your Buick. I hope that helps. [ Larry  Apr 15, 2016 ]  Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Kenny  Feb 28, 2016 ]  Staff
This PAC interface will work in your Kia to keep your steering wheel radio controls working with that Pioneer receiver. [ Paul  Oct 20, 2015 ]  Staff
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Apr 28, 2015 ]  Staff
The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Dec 07, 2014 ]  Staff

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