I have a 2006 Honda Odyssey. Yeah, it’s 10 years old, but it’s still a really good car. There was just one thing I didn’t like about it. I couldn’t listen to music from my phone through the speakers. I drive about 15 minutes to take my son to school so it’s fun to listen to our Kids Pandora station on the way to school to get him in a good mood for the day, and that was difficult, until my husband installed an AUX chord into my car. Now I can listen to Pandora and my digital books while I drive. Yay!
“Now I can listen to Pandora and my Digital Books in the car while driving the kids around!”
We are going to teach you how to do it too. You don’t need to take your car into a shop to do this quick fix. We have a step by step tutorial to show you how to do it yourself for only about $30.
Disclaimer* This is only possible if your Honda radio comes with the aux button and works only if you don’t have the satellite radio and a rear DVD Player connected to the radio at the same time. This is only for Honda, but there are aux cables available for almost any vehicle.
Here is what you’ll need: (affiliate links)
Car Radio Audio MP3 Player AUX IN Adapter Cable (click to purchase)
9/32 inch Rubber Grommit
Drill and Drill Bits
Flathead Screw Driver
Box Cutter or Sharp Knife
Start by opening your glove box and using a flat head screwdriver, carefully pop off the decorative surround around the heater controls. *HINT: Open your glove box and there is a slot where you can insert the screw driver. The slot is right under my husbands left index finger. It’s plainly visible when you open your glove box.
There will be two green plugs that you will need to pull out to remove this cover. One plug is for the climate control and one is for the emergency flashers.
This is what it will look like with that piece is removed. Then you’ll start unscrewing all the screws holding on the storage tray.
Now unscrew the screws holding the radio in. One is way up inside so make sure to get that one.
Pull out the storage tray after removing the screws. You may have to give it a little help with a screw driver.
Now carefully pull out your radio.
You will remove the white plug that is already on the radio and replace it with your aux cable plug. (the AUX cable is the black cable in the picture)
In the picture above the foam wrapped chord is a channel that your AUX chord will come through. While holding the radio with one hand, take the entire AUX chord, put it into the radio cavity and fish it through that channel where the foam covered cord is coming out. This is a channel between the air vents, so it’s wide open and it won’t get in the way of anything. In the picture below you can see it coming out. Slide the radio back into place.
Now drill a hole the size of your aux cable head in the left hand top corner of the back of the storage box. The head of the chord is the biggest part that will need to fit through the hole. You might have to try a few different sizes to get the right size hole for the cable to fit through. HINT* Only drill the hole barely big enough for the head to fit through.
Shave the sharp pieces created from drilling with a sharp knife or box cutter.
Use the rubber grommet to keep the cable from getting rubbed raw by the sharp edges of the hole and to keep the cable from slipping back through the hole.
MAKE SURE THE CHORD IS FED THROUGH BELOW THE BAR PICTURED.
Thread the chord through the hole and shove the rubber grommet into it’s place. RUBBING ALCOHOL WILL HELP YOU GET THE GROMMET INTO PLACE.
Put the storage container back into place and screw it tight. Make sure the radio is screwed back into place also.
Now you can switch to the AUX input on the radio and play Pandora, Digital Books and your own music. Yay!