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Old 12-28-2016, 07:14 PM   #1
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DIY AUX Cord Warning (Ebay)

Hey everybody

I received this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Audio-Fe...-/321948466155 Aux cable for Christmas. I chose this one because I seen a lot of good reviews and it was cheap. I do understand the risks of unbranded "Ebay" quality items, but after so many good reviews, I thought it was a good item.
Anyways...here's what happened upon installing it





Any ideas on what cable I should invest in now? Whether that be Bluetooth or an Iphone Lightning end.... Also sorry for the shitty pics of my dads dirty hands.....

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Old 12-31-2016, 11:21 AM   #3
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It is extremely helpful to have some basic electronic skills if you are going to try a cheap easy cable for this. I bought a cheap one and found that it was wired completely wrong. I popped the plastic connector apart, carefully pulled each wire termination out, soldered the wire crimps so they don't pull apart like the ones in the OP's pics, then reinserted each wire into the correct location in the connector. Honestly, this was way more effort than was warranted given that I could have simply tossed that cable and purchased a correct one, but I'm a DIYer so.... And BTW it works fine now.
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:23 PM   #4
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I tend to purchase the majority of my cable supplies from http:/www.monoprice.com They have a vast supply of every type of quality cables as well as other electronic gear, for more than decent prices.

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Old 01-01-2017, 09:41 PM   #5
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wow, funny thing I had just bought same cord from ebay last week and had same exact issue, I didn't noticed until yesterday though.

I had installed the cable 2 days ago and didn't seem to work when plugged into the phone, I left it like that and pulled the cable out but didn't look at it just put the radio back in as was. I went on ebay and order a USA-SPECS pa12 from a local guy, picked it up yesterday and while installing it I had to remove the radio to plug in the cd changer plug which I had removed and saw something sticking out of the back of the radio, oddly enough was the plugged that had separated from that same cable which was still attached to my radio haha.
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Old 01-05-2017, 05:17 AM   #6
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Funny this, I bought this exact cable about a year ago to replace my old one. I'm in the UK, however my cable is identical and came with the exact same 3.5mm audio cable.

I noticed it's flimsy quality as soon as I got it out of the packaging, and proceeded to take it apart and repair it properly before it even went near my car. From memory, even the L or R audio wires were in the wrong pins so it all needed to be taken apart anyway.

Cheap cable, completely incorrect wiring, but couldn't ask it to do a better job than it has been doing for the past year (after my own repairs of course). As mentioned, some basic wiring/soldering/similar/related skills won't go amiss. I'm not great at all, but little things like this make good practise.
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