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  1. Australian Specification (2017) CH-R's do not have a Toyota Original USB Charger Port option and the aftermarket USB Ports do not fit in the blank in front of the gear shift, which is the logical place for the port to be located. I have developed a Plug and Play option that any handy person can do to give your C-HR the missing option. NOTE: This is a USB charger only and does not connect into the entertainment system. STEP 1: Buy a suitable aftermarket USB Charging Port. I purchased one that has 2x 2.1 amp USB ports and a Blue LED Volt Meter. Buy a Twin mini blade fuse holder. These are a piggyback double adapter with a length of wire, usually with a crimp fitting on the end STEP2: Prepare the USB Port Unit that you purchased. This is the scary part and done incorrectly will quickly destroy your USB Port. Cut the back off the USB Port flush with the back plate of the USB Port. I used a small high-speed hobby cutting tool with a less than 1mm thickness cutting disk. You may choose to use a fine hand saw. Take care to only just cut through the plastic and not cut into the circuit board or components below. You will also need to cut around the connection pins on the back. Take your time and plan your cuts carefully. Always wear suitable Safety Glasses or goggles and Cut Proof Gloves. Mount the USB Accessory in a vice or clamp as in-hand cutting is dangerous and your blood will damage the circuit board. Depending on the design of your accessory you should now have an exposed circuit board attached to the plate as per the picture below. I would highly recommend that you use an epoxy glue to glue the circuit board to the front plate as most designs only have a small tab either side that the board sits in. Apply voltage to the power pins on the circuit board to ensure correct alignment if using the voltage meter option. Ensure the circuit board is correctly located in the tabs on the body. Ensure the glue you use does not flow into the USB ports or again you have wasted your money. Wait for the glue to completely set. Wrap the circuit board in good quality heat resistant electrical insulation tape to prevent dust settling on the board causing short circuits. Congratulations, you now have an ugly circuit board attached to the front plate ready for installation. STEP3: Remove the Accessory blanking plate from in front of the gear shift. You have two options to do this: Use a sharp tool between the edge of the blanking plate and the trim panel (Not Recommended) Remove 3 trim panels from your car. This sounds the hardest but in fact, Toyota have made this very easy to do and it exposes some fantastic engineering and opens your eyes to how little wiring is visible in these cars. I found the European Spec Hotspot Installation Manual (RHD) - AIM 003 833-0 provides details for removing the trim panels that match the Australian Spec C-HR. You should remove: the passenger central dash cover, the passenger side trim panel on the front of the center console and the trim panel that holds the blanking plate from the back press the blanking plate out of the trim panel. Remove the fuse panel access cover under the dash on the passenger side. The instructions for this are in your manual and the clips are difficult to locate, take your time and you will have no problems with this cover. Removing the large plastic cover gives you access to the interior fuse panel which is located on the left side under the dash. STEP4: Connect the wiring. Cut a suitable length of wire to reach from the internal fuse panel and the USB accessory port. Connect a female spade connector on one end and Connect the wire from the fuse double adapter to the other end. Cut another suitable length of wire to reach from the accessory port to a grounded bolt. There is a bolt located on the transmission tunnel that is well located and easily accessible. Crimp or solder a suitable terminal ring onto one end of this earth wire and a female spade connector on the other. Remove the bolt and place the ring terminal over the bolt retorque appropriately. Identify the correct positive and negative lugs on the circuit board Connect the positive and negative spade connectors onto the correct lugs Use good quality insulation tape or shrink wrap tube to ensure no shorting across the terminals. Tie the positive and negative wires together with tape or shrink wrap near the terminals to support each other. STEP5: Remove the fuse cover Locate the 15amp accessory fuse (Blue) in the fuse box and remove it. Attach a new 15amp fuse into the direct line of the piggyback plug and a suitable (5amp) fuse into the takeoff port. Note the genuine Toyota fuses do not fit into the piggyback adapter. Keep the fuse for future reference and the blanking plate for if you change your mind. Connect the piggyback adapter into the place where the original accessory fuse was located. Stick cable-tie bases at various locations between the fuse box and the USB Port. Attach the cable to the bases with cable ties. Apply some cloth tape from one side of the fuse box across the piggyback connector to the other side of the fuse box for added security STEP6: Replace the trim panel through which the USB Panel and wiring are located. Use automotive trim double sided tape to stick the USB ports to the trim panel. Wipe the area where the tape will stick with suitable cleaning fluid to remove any wax or product that may affect the tape from sticking. Sit back and admire your work. but not for too long. You did put the fuse cover into the glove box for potential future reference, didn't you? Refit all the other trim panels. Walk around the vehicle to the driver's side. Don't forget to let your eyes drift over the great lines of the C-HR as you walk around. Seat yourself in the driving position and smile, because you have the coolest car Toyota ever designed. Turn the ignition to the accessory position. (Keyless vehicles, press the start switch without depressing the brake pedal. CONGRATULATIONS If you bought the USB with Volt Meter you will have a lovely new display on your dash. Connect a USB lead into one or both ports and plug it into your phone or other USB accessory and check that the device is charging. NOTE: Do Not Connect a cable between this USB charger port and the entertainment system. EVER! Standard Rider: Do this project at your own risk. I accept no liability for the work of others who follow these instructions.
  2. I have a 2014 Toyota Rav 4, which has USB compatibility. I have been able to get the 'entune' system to play a USB that is 16gb, but was hoping to format a 240gb harddrive to leave in the car with music on it. I have a mac computer and have formatted at MS-DOS (FAT) and ExFAT neither have worked. Was wondering if anyone has the same issue or ways to resolve it.
  3. Hey everyone, First post! I've bought one of these: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/161722777179?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT And i'm wondering what the easiest way to install it will be? I'm going to use one of the ports where you would put the fog light switch as it's made for that space. It's purely to power my phone no audio. Is it a easy install or should I just take it to my local auto sparky to get it done? Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  4. Hi everyone, I'm her seeking advice on behalf of my step father. He own's one of the earliest VX40 Camry Grande's, it was built in 2006. It has the top spec Navigation infotainment system however it seem the AUX cable to plug an i-Pod/Phone/USB etc feature was not added until 2007 or 08. What he wants me to do is install one. I can't find a legit guaranteed method of doing this. eBay has multiple listing with plug and play adapters that are said to plug into the free slot at the back, however being the nav model it doesn't have a free slot, it's for steering wheel controls, extra nav plugs etc (I took it apart and had a look at it today) but not a single free space. eBay also has a double adapter, I want to know if it would work, i.e. the double adapter plus the AUX plug cable. Links; 1. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Brand-New-Car-Aux-in-Adapter-Cables-for-Camry-Corolla-Highlander-RAV4-Yaris-/111551748407?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item19f9009937 2. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Car-Accessory-3-5mm-Jack-AUX-Audio-Input-Cable-For-Toyota-Camry-Corolla-Salable-/191409240341?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2c90e13915 I'll add photos on the Nav system I took out earlier today. One more question, are these eBay aftermarket infotainment system any good? I've got a Sony one in my Mazda and it's great but for what my step father wants it for would it be another option to consider (he just wants Nav, AUX, CD and Radio, no sub installs and no new speakers)? - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/161082441119?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 Thanks, Dan
  5. Hi Mates, i have toyota aurion ZR6 2009 with sat nav , i would like to fit a usb/aux to the HU, so i could enjoy listening to music from Flash stick or ipod ,if anyone has an idea in how to do this , i will be so appreciated.
  6. Most days the Audio System cannot see the USB stick. Once you have managed to convince it that it's there, by wriggling the stick then it's OK. Next time it's turned on, the Audio will be Off! Any ideas - could be a dry joint in the back of the socket?
  7. Hi all, Like it says, easy one, I hope. The stock stereo in my '13 KX-R returns back to the beginning of the USB thumbdrive each time the car is turned off. I was wondering if this is normal? It remembers where its up to on a CD, mp3 or otherwise, but not on a USB. PITA having to navigate through multiple folders each time you start the engine. The stereo will go eventually, but I'll put up with it for a while. I asked the dealer, and "they all do that, sir". Anybody else got the same thing? Cheers.
  8. Hey guys and girls, ive purchased an easydeals aftermarket headunit with sat nav, dvd, ipod usb the lot. Having trouble with getting the usb to work. Ive put some music videos on the USB and when i plug in the usb and select the USB icon, it says no USB device is found. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Jono :)
  9. Hi, I have just purchased a new RAV 4 Crusier 2012. (Stereo P/N is either PZQ60-00521 or PZQ60-00522 or PZQ60-00523 - I belive its the 522 as the 523 is the NAV) It has a 6.1" LCD Touch screen Audio system with a USB input on the front, when we went for a test drove it was a 2011 model and it had USB & 3.5mm jack next to the hand break. What appears to of happened is they have moved the USB to the face panel and removed the 3.5mm Jack. What I would like to know without pulling apart my Dash is there still a 3.5mm jack on the back of the head deck? Called the dealer and they claim that I can use a 3.5mm to USB converter which I keep explaining to them something like that cannot exist. They also claim that a USB drive plugged in will light up the AUX section on the screen but it doesnt, the IPOD botton just changes to USB and the AUX button stays greyed out. This is very annoying to try and get out Digital radio connected into the system. Any help on this would be awesome. Cheers. EDIT Just found out the 521, 522, 523 are just differnt colours so the model is a PZQ60

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