Hacking Aux-IN to a car’s CD player

I’ve seen this a few times, and it’s a hack worth to share.

Many times, we found ourselves owning a car with a CD player, but no AUX-IN. Who uses CD’s these days, anyway? Noah decided to un-crapify his car audio on a 2001 Ford Focus.

The hack itself is pretty simple. Open up the unit, and you’ll find two separate modules: CD player, and radio/amplifier unit. Both are connected through a flex cable.

Taping the CD Player
Taping the CD Player

Noah was fortunate, since he had taps for each pin, so he didn’t had to solder directly on the plug’s pins. So, he identified ROUT, LOUT and a ground connection, soldered the pins, and he’s ready to go.
Since he tapped on the CD player’s pins, a CD must be inserted in order to trigger the input.
Easy as recording an audio CD without any tunes in int: plain old silence.

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