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post #1 of 16 Old 12-13-2011, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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adding steering wheel u-connect buttons to the 11 compass - POSITIVE UPDATE!!

i still have a sore taste in my mouth from chrysler from when i bought my compass. according to the brochure, if you get the 430 radio, it comes with u-connect on the latitude. that was not the case, and i wound up installing the kit, but it does not include the buttons on the steering wheel, which i want.

Gramps, do you think you can find me the wiring schematics for the OEM u-connect system, and for the mopar accessory? i'm trying to see what each of the wires do in the accessory kit, which i believe is the same as the OEM. if i'm right, there are two wires that go to the control box to tell it when either the voice command or phone button is pressed. if this is the case, then it's as simple as splicing into those wires to wire in additional switches to the system. then, its a matter of finding out how to replace the left panel on the steering wheel with the one with the two buttons, and finding out how they're wired in. i can feel a screw on the back of the steering wheel that feels like it holds that panel in.

for reference, here are the buttons i'm talking about. they are the two in the upper-left corner of the steering wheel:

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-12-2012, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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so, after a call to chrysler's engineering team (yes, that's how hard this part number was to find), i was able to get a hold of a switch for the steering wheel mounted uconnect controls coupled to the evic buttons. here's the best part: this part is only $35! which is amazing considering that the part it is replacing is $80!

so, anyone with a 2011-2012 compass who has added the u-connect accessory after the fact and is upset they don't have the steering wheel bluetooth controls, no need to worry, they can be added. here's the thing: you must have the EVIC display in order to do this upgrade. if you don't know what that means, look at the controls on the left side of your steering wheel. if you only have 2 buttons ("Step" & "Reset"), then you can't do this upgrade. you would have to have 4 buttons ("Menu" N > V) in order to upgrade. the buttons are entirely plug and play, the wiring between the two cars is the same. you just plug it in and go.

you have to unbolt the airbag to get to the bolts, but it's not hard at all. you can do the swap in 20 minutes. when i get to work tomorrow i'll post some PDF files on how to remove the front of the steering wheel to access this switch.
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Just as a side note to this - I do not have the EVIC in my Jeep, and was able to successfully install the switch panel. The Menu and Compass icons now substitute for my Step and Reset buttons, and the Voice Command and Phone buttons work perfectly!

It was quite a bear to get the whole assembly out, since the directions I was working with were from the previous steering wheel. I counted 2 bolts for the Air Bag, 6 T-25 Torx screws for the plastic surround, two phillips screws on the bottom part of the wheel, and then the three small torx holding the switch panel in.

I had just enough room to sneak the whole airbag assembly underneath the wheel and on top of the column to keep it out of the way while I was working.

I appreciate the hint - this was a very worthwhile upgrade (along with the UConnect itself.)

-Daniel
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Just as a side note to this - I do not have the EVIC in my Jeep, and was able to successfully install the switch panel. The Menu and Compass icons now substitute for my Step and Reset buttons, and the Voice Command and Phone buttons work perfectly!

It was quite a bear to get the whole assembly out, since the directions I was working with were from the previous steering wheel. I counted 2 bolts for the Air Bag, 6 T-25 Torx screws for the plastic surround, two phillips screws on the bottom part of the wheel, and then the three small torx holding the switch panel in.

I had just enough room to sneak the whole airbag assembly underneath the wheel and on top of the column to keep it out of the way while I was working.

I appreciate the hint - this was a very worthwhile upgrade (along with the UConnect itself.)

-Daniel
you got the wrong panel, they make one with the step, reset, VR, and uconnect buttons only with dead buttons on the lower right section. they come from the avenger i think. but either way, as long as it works that's all that matters
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Now I have two buttons to mess with people... The right arrow is for ejector seat and the other one is for turbo boost!

Hrm... that will have to be the next mod.
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My left-hand panel just has the Set & Reset but there are what might call "pop-outs" for other features: 2 to the right of and just like the Set & Reset then 1 larger plate above these 4, any idea what for?

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Sorry for not looking over this thread for so long! My FSM is for the 2007 and covers up to the 2009 very well, somewhat on the 2010 but really falls short after that. I am glad that others are helping out.

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My left-hand panel just has the Set & Reset but there are what might call "pop-outs" for other features: 2 to the right of and just like the Set & Reset then 1 larger plate above these 4, any idea what for?
they don't pop out, you would have to replace the whole switch panel like we did. scroll to my original post to see what the panel looks like with all 6 buttons in place.
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What was the part number for that? <--Nevermind found the p/n Where did you end up getting it from? <--Nevermind got this too And it's probably too late now, but pictures of the install? Maybe a quick and dirty how to.

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What was the part number for that? <--Nevermind found the p/n Where did you end up getting it from? <--Nevermind got this too And it's probably too late now, but pictures of the install? Maybe a quick and dirty how to.

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i got it from my parts department. i didn't take any pictures of the install, sorry. i had a PDF from my service department on how to take everything apart, it took probably 15-20 minutes to swap the module in. just be careful when taking the silver T trim off the steering wheel, those mounting tabs are fragile and i broke one.
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"just be careful when taking the silver T trim off the steering wheel, those mounting tabs are fragile and i broke one." -- IRSmart

I dove into the steering wheel today on a side project of swapping the uconnect audio controls from volume on the right to volume on the left. In the process, I broke those little tabs off on the left side ;-) doh! Went to the dealer today and told them I just noticed it felt like it wasn't connected (the Pat is only a week old) so they're going to replace that little T bezel for free.
So basically the whole thing was a bust today, I'm not as easy as i hoped able to wire the audio controls the way I want and I broke it. Oh well, on to the next project.

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you won't be able to swap the audio buttons unless their shapes are mirrored. IIRC, the buttons themselves are what sends the signal to the radio to tell it to turn the volume up or down, not the wiring. the whole car has a communications system (CANBUS) which is why this mod is plug and play. the module does all the work and sends the appropriate signal through the canbus wire. if i'm right, you'd need to swap the buttons, not the wiring.
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Ah, oh well none the less. Thanks for the info!

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I want to do the same on my compass' steering wheel with the uconnect buttons. What part number is it and where do i find it?
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