BAMF
BAMF HalfDork
6/27/13 6:16 p.m.

My wife's Jeep Liberty had the common blower resistor module failure. I used that as cover for installing the new Alpine iPod/Bluetooth capable head unit I bought from Crutchfield.

I got the wiring supplied harnesses spliced up, and went from this:

To this:

So I tell my wife to come check out the HVAC blower working on all speeds again. It took her a second to figure out that I had swapped out the stereo too. After an appropriate time of being surprised and impressed, she asked which CD I ejected from the old head unit before switching it. Doh!

Luckily, it only took 15 minutes to get the old unit hooked up, CD ejected, and get the new unit buttoned up again.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
6/27/13 6:24 p.m.

nice save! I need to replace the headunit in my rover.. CD changers are so old school (and a pain in the ass when they are under the passenger seat)

BAMF
BAMF HalfDork
6/27/13 6:26 p.m.
mad_machine wrote: nice save! I need to replace the headunit in my rover.. CD changers are so old school (and a pain in the ass when they are under the passenger seat)

Yeah. It was one of her favorite CDs too.

I had never done a head unit swap on a car before, with what was provided with the unit, it was amazingly straight forward.

irish44j
irish44j UberDork
6/27/13 6:44 p.m.

done that before......twice.

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon MegaDork
6/27/13 6:46 p.m.

Happens to the guys in the shop sometimes too. Really embarrassing if the core unit has already shipped...

BAMF
BAMF HalfDork
6/28/13 8:10 a.m.
mad_machine wrote: nice save! I need to replace the headunit in my rover.. CD changers are so old school (and a pain in the ass when they are under the passenger seat)

But if you end up reaching over to touch your passenger and get shut down, you can always play it off like, "oh no girl, I'm just reaching for the CD changer".

scardeal
scardeal Dork
6/28/13 8:13 a.m.

If it's a single CD unit, you don't need to hook it up. There's usually a button that you can access with a paper clip to manually eject the CD.

SkinnyG
SkinnyG HalfDork
6/28/13 8:51 a.m.

The techies updated the computers in my High School Mechanics shop, but didn't remove the AllData DVDs that were left in the drive by the students. Sadness.

wae
wae Reader
6/28/13 8:54 a.m.

What's a CD?

Ashyukun
Ashyukun Reader
6/28/13 8:56 a.m.
wae wrote: What's a CD?

It's what people put MP3s on before iPods...

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 SuperDork
6/28/13 2:07 p.m.

Oh man I did the same for my wife a while back on her accord. Put a new head unit in with a front side usb port for her iphone to charge/play pandora and music.

Before saying thank you I got "Where's my Kenny Chesney CD?"

SEADave
SEADave Reader
6/28/13 2:13 p.m.

Same thing here when I put a Kenwood in the family Excursion. Easiest thing was to just plug it back in temporarily to eject the disc.

One major benefit was getting rid of the 6-CD changer that was taking up half of the center console. My 200++ CD changer now look like this:

Derick Freese
Derick Freese SuperDork
6/28/13 2:19 p.m.

The nice thing about Crutchfield is that they include pretty much everything for a perfectly smooth install. Add on top that pretty much any name brand head unit will sound 1000% better than the stock unit helps out a ton, too.

I still hate the MP3 thing.

novaderrik
novaderrik UberDork
6/28/13 8:43 p.m.
wae wrote: What's a CD?

it's a round shiny coaster/frisbee looking thing that some people think is better than cassettes for some reason.

paranoid_android74
paranoid_android74 Reader
6/28/13 8:48 p.m.

This NWA part goes through my head every time I hear a reference to an Alpine stereo:

Donald B's in the place to give me the pace He said my man JB is on freebase The boy JB was a friend of mine Til I caught him in my car trying to steal my Alpine

Sorry for the obscure reference...

Toyman01
Toyman01 PowerDork
6/28/13 8:48 p.m.
novaderrik wrote:
wae wrote: What's a CD?

it's a round shiny coaster/frisbee looking thing that some people think is better than vinyl for some reason.

FTFY

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