Aftermarket Radio Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface Ford Thunderbird 2002 2003 2004 2005

biddle

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If you want your steering wheel controls to work in your compatible aftermarket double din radio, you will need to purchase a steering wheel interface. The most popular is the Metra Axxess ASWC-1 Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface. You can purchase online at Amazon here- https://amzn.to/3cdWADF (Using this link also helps support the forum at no extra cost to you)!


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biddle

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I can tell folks that ASWC-1 adapter doesn't work well with my expensive Kenwood radio, it seems to lose its programming quite often and requires reconfiguration using the steering wheel controls and then only works for a short time again.. It appears the adapter goes from the Kenwood configuration to a JVC configuration inexplicably every so often,
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biddle

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I can tell folks that ASWC-1 adapter doesn't work well with my expensive Kenwood radio, it seems to lose its programming quite often and requires reconfiguration using the steering wheel controls and then only works for a short time again.. It appears the adapter goes from the Kenwood configuration to a JVC configuration inexplicably every so often,
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Have you tried updating the firmware? On a side note, the AAMP PAC SWI-CP2 is definitely newer than the Metra ASWC-1 !

 
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I have updated the firmware, actually, no help there at all. on the recommendation of Crutchfield (where I purchased the radio, steering control adapter and custom harness). The AAMP PAC SWI-CP2 you mention above is what I would choose if doing this install today.
 
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