How to Add an Auxiliary Jack to a Car

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So you'd like to plug in your iPod to the dash of your Chevy Cavalier and pump the music through your rather large audio system that you installed. Putting in an auxiliary jack into your car is easy enough if you have the right tools, equipment and knowledge. Here's how to install an auxiliary jack into your car so you can play your iPod on the road.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Aftermarket stereo (unless you already have one)
  • Audio to mini-jack
  • Mini-jack extender with female mini-jack port
  • Auxiliary port washer
  • Dremmel tool with cutting and sanding bits

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check to be sure your stereo has an auxiliary input for your iPod. If you have an after-market stereo, there is a good chance it most likely will have one.

  2. 2

    Find a good spot on your dash for your auxiliary jack. You'll want to place it near the stereo.

  3. 3

    Go to your car audio supplier and buy an audio to mini-jack, a mini-jack extender with a female mini-jack port and a washer to set the auxiliary jack in place.

  4. 4

    Cut a hole big enough for the auxiliary jack in the selected location in your dash. Be sure to sand the edges of the hole. A Dremmel tool works well for this job.

  5. 5

    Test your setup before continuing. Hook up the mini-jack and extender to your stereo and run a test. If everything is working, disconnect the red and white ends from your stereo and continue.

  6. 6

    Set the auxiliary port into the dash. Use the washer to secure it in place.

  7. 7

    Reconnect the red and white ends to the stereo. Now you can enjoy your iPod while driving down the road.

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