Adding steering wheel music controls to a SE... Not so fast.

dieKatze88
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Adding steering wheel music controls to a SE... Not so fast.

Postby dieKatze88 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:40 pm

OK So Spoiler Alert: It didn't effing work.

So Ford only makes one clockspring for our cars. You get all the wires either way, and I'm clearly missing the wires going from the clockspring to the radio. BUT, Here's how I was able to install the buttons anyway.

Obviously get the wires and the module from ebay.

1. Remove the airbag module.
This, is not for the faint of heart. It's scary as f*#k. Pardon the language but it's really out there. Just STOP HERE if you read all the instructions below and go "I don't want to do that."

    * Move the front seat all the way back.
    * Disconnect the battery negative. (Hint: Move the front seat back first.)
    * Give the car a few minutes to drain all the power from the system.
    * Open the bottom of the steering wheel using a flat head screw driver. There are two tabs on the human side
    * You will see two snap rings. Take a picture so you know what this is supposed to look like. These seem evil, but they ain't teebag. There are two 1cm thick pieces of black plastic that the loop closest to the edge will rest on, move them in and onto those.
    * Entire airbag module pulls straight out, be gentle.
    * Disconnect wires.
    * Remove the blank plate from the module using a torx whatever screwdriver.
    * Put the buttons in and remove the old button wiring harness.
    * Put the new harness in and be sure to tuck the wires under the tabs. the side with the horn connectors (Black and blue spades) is the speed control side.
    * Put the connector with 3 wires into the bottom connector and the fully populated one into the top.
    * Put the airbag module back in place and move the snaprings back to their position.
    * Reconnect negative terminal
    * START CAR FROM PASSENGER SIDE SEAT FOR FIRST RUN TO BE SURE YOU DIDN'T SCREW UP THE AIRBAG
    * Do Engine idle programming procedure (05 manual page 246)
    * Enjoy the lights but not the buttons.

I'll be working on finding the wire I need, so don't take this as the end of the saga.


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Re: Adding steering wheel music controls to a SE... Not so fast.

Postby RVAFreestyle » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:23 pm

Leave the key in the ON position with battery DISCONNECTED following repairs.

THEN RECONNECT the battery. If you shorted, damaged, goobered up the SRS leaning over a side air bag, under a curtain air bag and IN FRONT of the passenger bag is NOT where you need to be.
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dieKatze88
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Re: Adding steering wheel music controls to a SE... Not so fast.

Postby dieKatze88 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:16 pm

I would imagine the Freestyle would not detonate the Passenger side airbag if there was an SRS error considering it's smart enough not to detonate the passenger side airbag in an accident if the chair is empty. I'm not afraid of the Freestyle detonating the passenger side airbag because it thinks there's an SRS Event, I'm afraid of the Driver airbag detonating because of a colossal screw up in the wiring.

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Re: Adding steering wheel music controls to a SE... Not so fast.

Postby RVAFreestyle » Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:38 pm

Negative, I have seen it happen before in a shop, a major screw up in diagnosis/repair denotated every bag in the car.

Thats why standard SRS precautions in the entire auto industry is to do exactly what I told you to do.
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Re: Adding steering wheel music controls to a SE... Not so fast.

Postby dieKatze88 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:05 pm

AH Ok.


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