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Wiring an ipod into a CD-Changer Mini ISO. Would this work?

Discussion in 'Car Repairs / Maintenance' started by DIYNotIan, 2 Jan 2015.

  1. DIYNotIan


    8 Sep 2010
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    United Kingdom
    Hi all

    I was hoping that some technically minded car audio wizard might be able to help me out here.

    I currently have an OEM CD changer hooked up to a stereo via mini-ISO. As I understand it, if I were to unplug that and plug in one of these:


    it would not work because the stereo would not register the fact that anything was plugged in. The mode button would just cycle between tape and radio and no longer let me choose CD.

    QUESTION1. Would that definitely be the case or is it worth a go?

    Presuming for a moment that it would not work, my plan is to keep the CD Changer connected so that the stereo recognises it and lets me choose "CD", but remove pins 19 and 20 from the mini-ISO and in their place insert the left and right wires from a chopped end of a jack to jack audio lead. The unchopped end can then go into my iPod.

    QUESTION2. Would this work?

    If so, what I'd also like to know is:

    QUESTION3. Could I possibly harm my iPod by doing this? I have an old mp3 player that I will try it with first, but it would still be nice to know of any potential damage risks.

    QUESTION4. Pin 18 on the mini-ISO is for the ground. Should I use the ground from the new cable that feeds the iPod? Or the old ground from the CD Changer?

    QUESTION5. Is there anything huge and glaring that I have failed to consider?!? I'm new to car audio and a few days ago I didn't even know what a mini-ISO was!

    Any help on this would be hugely appreciated.



    PS - Just to add - I have taken a number of photos of the stereo (front and back), and the mini-ISO as it is currently wired up. If they are of help, they can be found here:

    http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Maxdread/library/Citroen Stereo
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