"xcarlink" MP3 Unit Install

Accord 03-08

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    1. The xcarlink comes with a lead attached to plug directly into the back of the Honda Head Unit and a separate cable to plug into the dock connector of the iPod/iPhone :

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    2. Using a trim removal tool (I used one from a set of bojo trim tools), carefully pry up the shifter surround trim panel.

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    This piece has 4 clips :-
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    3. When it is free you will be able to see the heated seats switches, press the plastic tab on the connector to allow you to pull it out of the back of the switches :-
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    4. Remove the ashtray insert by pulling upwards
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    5. To gain a bit more room, move the shifter back to Drive and undo the 2 screws revealed underneath the ashtray insert :
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    6. Now pull the ashtray upwards
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    Then unplug the wires attached to the lighter socket, twist the ashtray bulb a quarter turn to remove it :
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    7 Remove the 2 screws revealed underneath the ashtray, these hold the bottom of the sat nav panel in place :
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    8 Now pull the trim panel towards you, easier to do with fingers than a trim tool. There are 2 clips holding it in place at the top :
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    9 Using a 10mm socket, remove the 4 bolts that hold the DVD Rom / Sat Nav unit in place. These were quite hard and the upper brackets bent a bit trying to undo them, but no damage done !

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    10 Put some masking tape on the edges of the centre console to protect the trim when you remove the DVD ROM drive (the brackets are very sharp and can easily scratch the trim) :

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    11 Remove the 5 connectors from the back of the DVD ROM drive :

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    12 Using pliers, gently squeeze the clips that hold the DVD cabling into the bracket, the DVD ROM drive can now be removed.

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    13 Using a trim removal tool, carefully pry the upper dash panel underneath the vents as shown. Trying to pry on the sides is likely to ripple or damage the surrounding trim, doing the pry here is safer as the sat nav screen surround is harder plastic :

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    When you've managed to lift the upper task piece a little you will be able to get your fingers underneath it, pull the whole piece forwards (towards the rear of the car) and then upwards to remove it :-

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    The upper dash panel is held on with 3 clips at the front and has plastic hooks that fit into 3 holes at the back (nearest the windscreen) :

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    14 You don't need to unclip anything from the top dash panel, just move it carefully to one side and then undo the 3 screws shown :-

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    15 Now, placing your hand underneath the head unit from below, pull the whole unit fowards out of the dash :

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    16 You will now be able to see the empty white socket on the rear of the head unit which the Xcarlink plugs into :

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    17 Plug in the Xcarlink then replace the DVD ROM drive, fitting the 5 plugs back into it. Then fire everything up, the sat nav will ask you for system language then go into GPS initialisation :-

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    18 This only took a couple of minutes then the normal sat nav screen came up. Having tested everything worked ok, I then stuck the Xcarlink unit on top of the black box below the DVD ROM using doublesided tape :-


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    19 I chose to route the iPod cable through into the little cubby underneath the DVD ROM drive, so I drilled a hole in it and fed the cable through a rubber grommet :-

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    20 Reassemble everything and you're all done !

    21 To use the iPod/iPhone, plug it into the dock cable from the Xcarlink and hit the CD/Aux button on the dash, this alternates between the In-dash CD Changer and the Xcarlink. When you're on the Xcarlink the upper dash display shows 'CDC' followed by a number, indicating the playlist and track. So here, CDC 2-03 shows that we're playing from the iiPod/iPhone playlist 1, track 3. The first virtual CD allows you to use the iiPod/iPhone interface to select your music - the display will show CDC 1-01 etc., CDC 2/3/4/5/6 plays tracks from playlists 1 through 5 (the first 5 playlists on your iPod/iPhone).

    The steering wheel controls work - the CH +/- button skips between tracks and the volume works as normal. To change playlists you need to press the CH DISC on the dash.

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    The main display shows 'Extension' when you have selected the Xcarlink :
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    The iphone is just connected to the cable in the cubby - I may look for a mounting bracket now, although if you're using playlists there's no need to have access to the iphone anyway.

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