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  • Need help re: USA-SPEC iPod to Ford interface

    Title kind of covers the problem. Mine may not be working, but I can't tell if I screwed it up or just doing something wrong. Mine looks like this here. Anyone using one of these or other USA-SPEC interface modules might be able to walk me through a few questions. Thanks.
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  • #2
    Curious what's wrong with it, is there just no audio?

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    • #3
      In short, yes. No audio, or anything else. When connected, it's supposed to fool the OEM radio/tape/(optional)CD head unit into treating an attached iPod is a CD player such that tag info is displayed and able to control the iPod from the OEM head unit buttons. Mine just says no CD (player) present as if nothing was attached. I was hoping someone having one of these could tell me if the unit sounded fried or actually needs to be connected to the stock CD changer before it will work or something(see photo) here. I'm just grasping at straws now.

      Originally posted by anon View Post
      Curious what's wrong with it, is there just no audio?
      A computer helps you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history
      - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

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      • #4
        I have an aux in unit when I owned an Explorer. It acted funky a couple of times.

        Did it ever work?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Machinehead View Post
          I have an aux in unit when I owned an Explorer. It acted funky a couple of times.

          Did it ever work?
          First install for me, but I got it from someone who claimed it was never used (right) They've had some model changes. Did you have it operational w/ the CD player in place and when you had it hooked up, did it draw power from existing wire harness?

          I never had the CD changer and was given to understand that it would work with the CD changer or without it. The cables all go together nicely, but the head unit doesn't seem to care one way or the other.
          A computer helps you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history
          - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

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          • #6
            do you have ford1 or 2
            Is this the pa10 or pa11 and what ford vehicle do you have ?

            did you plug this behind the ford radio ?ford amplifier ? or at the ford cd changer plug that is in the center console/trunk ?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by partyd View Post
              do you have ford1 or 2
              Is this the pa10 or pa11 and what ford vehicle do you have ?

              did you plug this behind the ford radio ?ford amplifier ? or at the ford cd changer plug that is in the center console/trunk ?
              Glad you asked. The model is PA11-FORD. Must have been released prior to the development of the PA-FORD 2. I was given to understand that the difference between 1 and 2 was the new 1 was for 2003 and up vs. 2 for the older models.

              My system has the trunk wiring harness, just about over the left rear wheel.
              That would plug into the CD changer if I had one. You obviously know the set up. Sounds like I'm screwed right?
              A computer helps you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history
              - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

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              • #8
                PA11-FORD1 is for vehicles with amplifier rcu tuner box and some Lincoln and explorer

                sounds like you have a Taurus or sable you can not plug this at the cd changer cable,
                you need to plug this in to the rcu tuner box in the trunk use the 13 pin plug
                there is also going to be yellow and black wire

                what are you doing with this 2 cables ?

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                • #9
                  Any luck

                  I just tried installing tonight and had no luck getting it to work in direct mode. Crutchfield support walked me thru various troubleshooting steps and still didn't get it to work. I have a factory head unit that is capable of controlling a cd changer.

                  2002 Ford Explorer.

                  eric

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                  • #10
                    how new is your ipod? i have been hearing on other boards that some of the new ipods will not work with adapters and some will. not only factory radios but aftermarket as as well.

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                    • #11
                      I have a feeling that is my problem. It is an 80GB iPod video. It was purchased in April 07. If I place the interface into Playlist mode, the iPod does recognize it. It appears that the iPod interface isn't communicating to the head unit. I'm calling USASpec this afternoon.

                      thanks for the info,
                      eric

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by eswills1 View Post
                        I have a feeling that is my problem. It is an 80GB iPod video. It was purchased in April 07. If I place the interface into Playlist mode, the iPod does recognize it. It appears that the iPod interface isn't communicating to the head unit. I'm calling USASpec this afternoon.

                        thanks for the info,
                        eric
                        Did you ever get the head unit to recognize the interface? I've got a new one on order assuming the module I have is fried or wrong model.
                        A computer helps you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history
                        - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

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                        • #13
                          Just to close out this thread for anyone interested: I got it in and it works like a dream. I just run all the audio through the stock head unit, and since I'm not really into blowing the doors off, I'm quite happy now.
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