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steering wheel mounted radio buttons

This is a discussion on steering wheel mounted radio buttons within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; My steering wheel stereo controls quit working recently all of a sudden. is this an easy fix, any ideas?...

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    steering wheel mounted radio buttons

    My steering wheel stereo controls quit working recently all of a sudden. is this an easy fix, any ideas?

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    I lucked out and found a whole new steering wheel on ebay for $10.
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    I just got through replacing the clock spring in my column. The radio wires connect through that harness. Is your airbag light on?

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    No airbag light on. Volume still works, its just the buttons on the left side of the wheel.

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    maybe it's something by the radio it self, and by the way maybe anyone knows how to connect those buttons to a aftermarket radio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dzikusnj View Post
    maybe it's something by the radio it self, and by the way maybe anyone knows how to connect those buttons to a aftermarket radio?
    +1... Is it possible?
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    98 Vert- Check the connection behind the airbag. Unhook your battery, wait 10 minutes, then pull your airbag. There are two screws holding it from the back side. Test the connection to rule out bad buttons. I don't have one, but you should be able to find a schematic for the buttons online.

    As for connecting an aftermarket, some radios have an optional input you can buy from the radio manufacturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrKid View Post
    As for connecting an aftermarket, some radios have an optional input you can buy from the radio manufacturer.
    So on a five or six year old alpine i'm probably out of luck eh?

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    Probably. I have a Pioneer that will not work, but he newer version of this radio does.

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    Thanks. Oh well. I guess I can reach the 10 inches to the radio...

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    I just bought a Jensen 7in flip up touch screen and it doesn't work with my steering wheel controls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Young11b View Post
    I just bought a Jensen 7in flip up touch screen and it doesn't work with my steering wheel controls
    Our life sucks. Lol sorry!

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    Get a steering wheel control adapter. I just replaced my head unit with an aftermarket and I saw a separate harness from the familiar stereo stuff. I fig it had to be the SWC harness....so I looked one up on-line I love my SWC and just don't want to be without em

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    Get a steering wheel control adapter. I just replaced my head unit with an aftermarket and I saw a separate harness from the familiar stereo stuff. I fig it had to be the SWC harness....so I looked one up on-line I love my SWC and just don't want to be without em
    So you have to buy a separate adapter? If so, where did you get yours? If you can't post it on here, could you please pm me?

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    Got mine off Ebay- part differs depending on the make of radio. Very simple to install and set up as long as you have a remote controls wire for your radio. I think I paid around $65 for the SWC adapter.

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