This carries on from my last thread - about my Pioneer AVIC-301 letter number letter number number screen thingy in the front of the car. The previous owner has it (badly) installed by a chimp.
For those who aren't aware of my problems so far, the story is so:
The sat nav intermittently doesn't work. It shows symptoms of a loose power cable. Unfortunately, it's not covered by any warranty. Because I'm a cheap-skate, I shall be climbing face-first into my dashboard as any great adventurer would. I'm annoyed that when the unit was installed, the chimp didn't make use of the existing equipment - Blue&Me USB socket and microphone. instead, I had a useless USB socket in the centre console and a hideous aftermarket microphone stuck to the windscreen.
Now though, I've wired up the Blue&Me USB and now have a spare 1.5 metre USB extension cable and an annoying hole in my glove box. The cable for the existing mic is yet to be found. (any thoughts where it may be lurking?)
Earlier today, I thought it was fixed...
Turns out it wasn't fixed, it just worked briefly.
I'm mainly in the centre console, but I've extended my exploration sideways too. I popped off the front fascia, then used single-prong keys (which a colleague "borrowed" from a Halfords employee stupid enough to lend his tools) that pushed in either side of the head unit. I also popped (I mean wrenched) out the glove box to give me more room so I could push it from behind as well.
I have no idea where the problem may be now - it still shows symptoms of a loose power cable (losing/gaining power over harsh bumps thanks to an unforgiving suspension - even on 16"s!), but like I said before, all connections have been heartily taped together.
I've left the front fascia off and the glovebox (plus light) out for now and will have another crack tomorrow. I probably didn't reach the end of the seemingly endless wiring loom, and still can't find an OEM microphone aux :/
I'm going to get a 3.5 mm stereo auxillary extension lead (headphone extension lead to normal people) to run through to the glovebox tomorrow as well so I'll (finally!) have aux-in (as was advertised when the car was bought) as well as USB-in!
Wish me luck.
Help/advice gladly received