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Old 06-18-2009, 10:21 PM   #1
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Radio Dismantle

I don’t know if anyone has tried this yet...

As I was trying to find the reason that my USB drive doesn't work.... I took apart the console, 4-pack gauges, and the Infotainment device (a.k.a. Radio)








I am pretty sure that this is the culprit...



I am taking the PDIM box to the dealership in the next couple days to see if they can get a replacement.



it was pretty easy... 11 screws (9 phillips heads and two 7mm hex heads), a few electrical connectors, and a few clips
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:46 PM   #2
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At first glance . . . this looks sooooooooooo easy for an aftermarket company to come out with - dare I say it - a double din bezel while at least retaining HVAC controls.

Anyway, good luck in getting a replacement.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:49 PM   #3
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I was thinking the same thing
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:54 PM   #4
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I'm sorry for the issues with your PDIM, but congrats on being the pioneer as far as removing the radio/HVAC unit with somewhat of an agenda to figure out how it works.
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:57 AM   #5
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nice! I agree about the aftermarket face plate.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:01 AM   #6
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btw...

A mini usb cable runs from the console standard USB connection to the PDIM unit. Both sides of the cable are male mini USB..... encased in one of those hard-to-remove automotive electrical connectors.

For you 1SS and 1LT owners....The 4 pack gauges pop right off, just give the whole piece a little tug.

there is a single electrical connection down there waiting to be hooked into the gauges.




Also.... the dealership wants to wait before they replace the PDIM unit... they want to hook the car up to thier "Camaro computer" that will not be ready until Wednesday.


They were pretty shocked to see that I had gone into the console
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:43 AM   #7
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Hey, I don't know if you checked out the other thread - but they are working on a firmware fix for the PDIM module. You might want to wait for that and see if it changes anything.

Is it just the drive that doesn't work, or the port itself doesn't work with anything you plug into it?
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:31 AM   #8
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Aux input doesn't work either

I have tried 3 different USB drives, and a mp3 player plugged into the 3-1/2mm analog audio aux input.




I tried one of the USB drives on a Camaro at the dealership and it worked fine.
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Old 06-20-2009, 09:56 PM   #9
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For you 1SS and 1LT owners....The 4 pack gauges pop right off, just give the whole piece a little tug.

there is a single electrical connection down there waiting to be hooked into the gauges.
Great pics thanks a ton for sharing! Is the black connector with the pink the connector for the 4-pack gauges? TIA!
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btw...

A mini usb cable runs from the console standard USB connection to the PDIM unit. Both sides of the cable are male mini USB..... encased in one of those hard-to-remove automotive electrical connectors.
Would you mind posting a pic of where the USB cable plugs into the stereo and a picture of the end of that USB cable. I'd like to buy this cable for my 1SS to have USB capability. Again, TIA!
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Old 06-20-2009, 10:05 PM   #11
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The double din may take alittle time only because how the Radio is part of the entire piece (HVAC)

This also makes it much harder to mod with leather or carbon fiber
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Great pics thanks a ton for sharing! Is the black connector with the pink the connector for the 4-pack gauges? TIA!
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Would you mind posting a pic of where the USB cable plugs into the stereo and a picture of the end of that USB cable. I'd like to buy this cable for my 1SS to have USB capability. Again, TIA!
The mini USB doesn't go to the stereo.... it goes to the PDIM unit (4th pic), it looks like the PDIM unit acts like an MP3 player and then sends analog audio to the stereo
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The mini USB doesn't go to the stereo.... it goes to the PDIM unit (4th pic), it looks like the PDIM unit acts like an MP3 player and then sends analog audio to the stereo
Thanks man!!
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Did you by chance pull what appears to be the actual radio brain out in pic. 1 to see what connections were back there? Wondering of RCA jacks are present?
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