Audio Express Steering Wheel Controls

Buying Guide: Why Do I Need a Steering Wheel Control Interface?

A steering wheel control interface isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of car audio. However, having one in your car can make a big difference in both safety and convenience. What was once an exclusive addition to luxury automobiles, steering wheel control adapters make it possible to add these controls to practically any automobile.

A New Stereo Requires a New Adapter

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If you are taking advantage of one of our fantastic sales and upgrading your automobile’s factory installed stereo system, you are going to need to install a new steering wheel radio control adapter if your car has this feature. If you don’t, then the existing controls won’t control the stereo functions in your new aftermarket unit. A steering wheel control adapter connects the controls to the stereo so that you can control the new stereo the same way that you controlled the old one.

Steering Control Interface Improves Safety

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Changing the radio station and adjusting the volume are some of the most common causes of distracted driving accidents. A steering wheel control interface all but eliminates this potentially dangerous distraction because there is never a need to take your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.

Choosing the Right Steering Wheel Control Interface

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There is no one size fits all solution in this regard, so it is important to choose the device that works best with your vehicle, stereo, and speakers. At Audio Express, the Axxess AX-AESW steering wheel control interface is one of our most popular options because it is easy to install, easy to program, and fits practically any Metra harness.

However, this steering wheel audio control interface won’t work for every system and every vehicle. Some older vehicles and those that use analog systems may require something more like the PAC SWI-RC or the PAC SWI-CP5. It all boils down to the design of the head unit and whether it’s designed to accept a universal adapter or not. 

Professional Installation is Highly Recommended

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Installing a steering wheel control interface requires skill and patience to complete. Because the installation involves programming and potential interactions with other controls, airbags, etc., it is not something that should be attempted at home in the garage. Leave it to the experienced professionals at Audio Express.

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At Audio Express, our trained technicians will use their expertise, technical charts, and every customized tool in our arsenal to help you select and install the right adapter for your stereo. This will ensure the highest degree of functionality and reliability as you take the car for a spin and put the stereo through its paces. We invite you to contact the nearest Audio Express to discuss which steering wheel control adapter would be best for your car and stereo system.  

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