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P.I.E Aux / iPod Install w/ Factory Nav

I just purchased a P.I.E kit with Aux ports for an iPod player. I installed everything according to the directions but the problem I am having is switching the mode of the stereo to access the Aux. I am stumped at the moment, does anyone have any suggestions?

Here is the kit that I installed:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN:IT&ih=005

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Re: P.I.E Aux / iPod Install w/ Factory Nav

That is what I would expect to have to do. How else were you thinking to tell the stereo to play the ipod?

Question for you on sound quality. What is the SQ like? At least as good as CD? Can you listen to 4 channels, or does it only play in left/right?
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I worked on it last night and today my check engine light turned on. I spliced into 3 wires, black, red/orange and magenta/green (switched for the cigarette adapter). The check engine light did not pop up last night or this morning, but when I took out this afternoon it came on. I noticed it after the remote start started the car then quickly shut it off. Would a loose connection on any of those wires cause this problem?

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Re: P.I.E Aux / iPod Install w/ Factory Nav

Got everything working, looks like I need to have the mode set to Sat, then switch to Aux 1 on the P.I.E device.

I used the following wires:

Constant Power: Red/Orange
Ground: Black
Switched Power: Magenta/Green (cigarette adapter closest to driver)
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Re: P.I.E Aux / iPod Install w/ Factory Nav

How's it sound?
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Re: P.I.E Aux / iPod Install w/ Factory Nav

Sounds great, and it keeps the ipod charged. It charges an iphone however it will not play music from the iphone.

I think this is the way to go for the best sound quality. The hardest part of the install was finding the switching power supply (cigarette adapter).

Another bonus with this adapter, I can have two more Aux's, I will eventually have my aftermarket VES hooked up to it instead of the static FM mod it currently uses.

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UPDATE: After a full day with the ipod I have found a slight problem with this adapter. Since you have to have the stereo set to Sat mode, and if you change stations on the sat radio you will have an interuption in music from the ipod. Easy work around, don't change channels. Another issue I had stems from the same issue with the channel changing, I noticed while driving the music would cut out, just like the sat radio does when there is No Signal. I put the the adapter to the test, went to a spot where there is no signal, and the music from the ipod stopped playing through the stereo. In conclusion, if there is no signal to your sat radio then your ipod won't work with this adapter. You must have a signal. This can be real problem driving in the mountains.

I am going to email the manufacturer and see if the have a workaround to this issue.
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hmmm, strange. Isn't it supposed to work even if you don't have satellite radio?
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Keep us posted....I want to put one of these in my Commander......maybe

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Re: P.I.E Aux / iPod Install w/ Factory Nav

Just got done talking with PIE tech support and they said that the unit only works in SAT mode. The problem I am experiencing is when the signal is lost, the radio becomes muted. Tech support suggested turning it to the station where it lists your radio ID (1 i think), since it does not require a signal it may not have the same muting as the other stations do.

Unfortunately I did not drive the Commander to work so I have to wait all day to test it out. I will test it first thing tonight and let you all know.
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