How to Install a Bluetooth Kit – Do Things the Easy Way


Bluetooth technology has found its way into the automotive area, and users now have compatible kits to integrate this innovation in their vehicles. However, Bluetooth is based upon the ISO standard which is rapidly becoming outmoded today. This method uses an older methodology to determine where each wire is located in order to perform a certain function. For an older vehicle based upon the ISO system, a Bluetooth kit will be installed rather readily.

However, since most of the modern automobiles are now using new technology, this presents a problem. The wiring system is not the typical copper bus, but rather a fiber optic or CAN type that is rather decidedly against convention. There are some things that a user can do to integrate the Bluetooth system to this new wiring method such as using splices to tap into the data stream. But with the different methods comes a newer problem altogether. These can be overcome though since there is always an alternative strategy for any kind of difficulty. For example an amplified power system may require the use of a device called audio2car in order to effectively install the Bluetooth kit.

But this is not the only duty that is difficult, as the microphone has to be routed into the proper location for uptake purposes. This path originates behind the Bluetooth device at the back panel. This is typically placed at the rear of the stereo system. The best direction to run the wiring is usually opposite to the driver’s position since there will be more room. The glove compartment should be removed whenever possible to allow more freedom of movement within the car.

The wiring can be continued up and under the “A” pillar of the vehicle (located between the windshield and the passenger’s side window), once the fascia covering is gently removed to reveal the compartment underneath this support column. There could be some screws in addition to the plastic clips that hold the fascia in place. These need to be removed also. After the wire is routed through here, the fascia can be pushed back into place and the remaining wire run through the headliner to the rearview mirror. This can be accomplished using a metal wire, being careful not to poke a hold through the fabric. The wire can be then snaked down the rearview mirror attachment to the windshield to position the microphone. It is a good idea to check that all wires are hidden and replace the glove box as well.

Then the wiring should be double checked to see that they are all correctly installed and aligned. Especially important to this process is the ignition wire since it will be providing the power. Many people install this incorrectly and believe they have a bad unit. For those units that don’t have an ignition wire in the harness, an alternative method uses a hot wire in the fuse box, or the cigarette lighter. When the wires are all connected the right way, the Bluetooth device will power on when the ignition key is turned. This will indicate that the device is installed properly.

Now the important thing for users to do is to properly place the microphone into position for the best sound pick up inside the vehicle. If all of the manufacturer’s instructions have been followed, the Bluetooth car kit will be up and running. This is great news to those folks who want to have a hands free cell phone experience while still being able to drive their car.

Believe it or not, this task shouldn’t take more than one hour if there are no complications such as a lack of available space underneath the dashboard of the vehicle.

These kits have been shown to increase safety on the road since Bluetooth technology allows drivers to keep both hands on the wheel when talking. This reduces distractions and makes it safer for everyone.

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