Fitting Steering Wheel Controls6th June 2020
Today I will have a go at fitting steering wheel controls to my Yeti; currently it doesn’t have any.
My Android infotainment system that I fitted two years ago supports them and I always knew that one day I would hunt down a set of controls and fit them.
Today is that day 💪
A search online reveals several different styles. I am not the world’s greatest fan of Bluetooth for anything, so I want to stay away from it if I can. Why I don’t ever like to use Bluetooth for anything I am not quite certain. It could be because Bluetooth is a buzz word for teenagers.
I really don’t like teenagers 💩
Still online, I spot a few controls that use a radio signal so I select the ones that take my fancy and I pay.
They arrive fast.
Not too shabby and they feel nice in the hand.
So I guess what has to happen is that I use the 3M double-sided sticky pad that is provided to stick to the bottom of the rubber holder then place that where I want it on my steering wheel then press it in place.
Inside each control unit is a thin circular battery
Possibly it’s a CR2032. I have seen them in the supermarket batteries section; cheap as anything.
The batteries apparently last about a year with normal use.
So let’s get these 3M sticky pads on the rubber holders and the holders onto my steering wheel…
So now it’s time to read the instructions. 🙄… !
Okay this radio signal box needs to be hard-wired in. It cannot receive power when my Yeti isn’t running or it will eventually drain my battery.
And it can’t be powered by any old source or the CAN bus will throw a wobbly 😏
I’m going to use the ‘piggyback’ fuse method. Thankfully I already have one. For some reason.
I will use fuse #6, which supplies ignition-switched power to the rear wiper.
And I’ll use a 15 amp fuse.
Out comes my system. Again.
Regular readers might remember that I had it out a couple of weeks ago when I fitted a dash cam.
I use the old stiff wire trick to do a bit of threading through gaps and connecting up wires.
The wires from my system that I need are ‘Key1’ and ‘Key2’
Now let’s get this radio transmitter in place.
Using double-sided tape.
The ‘Steering Wheel’ app on my system is what I need.
Now let’s assign the buttons and see if anything happens…
Yes. I can confirm that all buttons work. 😃
Right side buttons: volume up and down. Track skip forward and back. Mute.
Left side buttons: GPS. Call accept, deny, end. Radio. Hey Google. Menu.
Good times. 😎
Feel free to stay tuned for more modifications I have planned.
You can see what I have done so far, here: Yeti Customisation
And I am always interested to hear about your Yeti, whether customised or not.
If you want steering wheel controls for your Yeti, they are here on Amazon
Piggyback fuses are here
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