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By Michael sammy
So i have been looking to replace my sound system with an android screen, however there's a lot of aftermarket options in the market which is confusing. Every time i find a good screen i start hearing bad reviews about it,
I would appreciate some advices from our pajero owners.
By Lisa Pemberton
I have acquired about 5 different dash mounts for a phone holder/ go-pro over the years all of which are useless. Looking for a recommendation for a mount which can be positioned sufficiently out of the direct sun to prevent phone failure or melting the mount... both of which have happened. The air vent mounts are too close to the steering wheel and make visibility and using hand controls awkward. The suction mounts don't seem to like the curved pajero dash and the magnetic holders never seem to hold on off road terrain. Advice welcomed!
When using your vehicle in the desert, certain electronic aids like Active Stability Control (ASC) or ABS need to be disabled, as the soft and slippery sand will make the traction aids kick in and you won't be able to spin the wheels, which is something that is unavoidable when driving in the sand.
Below i will describe the easiest two methods to disable your ABS and Stability Control (ASC) at the same time. There are ways of installing a kill switch too, which will need to be done by a professional workshop. I will not explain this method now as it requires opening the center dash console and grounding a wire. Below steps are easy and non intrusive and will not bring up potential warranty issues.
You can choose either method 1 or method 2 as per your own preference.
Method 1: Removing the ABS relay
1) Switch off the engine and open the hood.
2) Locate the relay box and open it.
3) Locate the ABS relay on the upper right hand. Remove it by pulling it out.
4) Close the cover and hood, and switch on your engine. You will have no specific alarms on the dashboard but they will start to flicker after a while (ABS light, ASC light, etc...) and eventually they will stay on which indicates they are completely disabled.
Method 2: Unplugging the ABS connector
This method obtains the same result, but faster. After unplugging you will have immediately disabled ABS and ASC, hence you will have no restrictions.
After your drive, there could be some sand inside the connector, so carefully remove it with some compressed air or a small brush.
After your offroad drive, you can open the hood, plug the relay or connector back in, and restart your car. The ABS and ATC dashboard lights will be off again.
Most of the early GEN4 Pajeros do not have an AUX connection, so it does not allow for other music sources to be connected. Later on they started installing the AUX jack connector in the glove box. But for the people with early 4th generation i made this tutorial on how to install an AUX cable, allowing you to hook up your phone or Ipod.
Until now i did not find the time for this install, and used a Bluetooth FM transmitter with a USB stick which i stored my MP3 files on. It's a cheap option, but sound quality was horrible and did not do justice to the nice sound quality the Pajero has with the Rockford Fosgate Setup.
- Plastic spatula or knife to remove the AC vents
- Soldering gun and solder wire (tin).
- Aux cable (cable with headphone jack on it).
- Philips Screwdriver
Step 1: Remove the vent channels on both sides
Do this gently by prying the knife inbetween the vent and the soft part of the dashboard. Work your way around and take your time. It's very easy to do but do not use excessive force. On the vent channel with the warning light indicators, you'll need to unplug the connector on the backside.
Step 2: Remove the head unit front panel
Put your hands on both sides of the headunit and pull towards you. The complete unit should pull out without any issues.
Unplug the connector on the back side.
Step 2: Remove the CD unit
There are 4 Philips screws thay you need to unscrew to remove the CD unit. On the backside, remove the antenna connector and the two white connectors.
Step 3: Prepare the AUX cable
In my case this was a cable i had lying around for a long time already. On the one side you have a headphone jack, on the other side you will need to cut the wires and make them solder-ready.
You should have 3 wires: The left and right audio channel, and the ground wire. The ground wire is the wire that is wrapped around the other wires and does not have insulation.
Step 4: Identify the connection on your head-unit.
You will have 2 white connectors. The smallest connector (18 pins) is the one that you will need to solder on. In my car there were already wires connected on these connectors, as this is the connection for future rear seat entertainment. I have cut these ones and soldered my Aux cable wire onto them.
See below the pinout for Pajero:
Pin 14: GROUND (YELLOW EXISTING CONNECTOR)
Pin 15: AUDIO LEFT CHANNEL (BLUE EXISTING CONNECTOR)
Pin 6: AUDIO RIGHT CHANNEL ( PINK EXISTING CONNECTOR)
Step 5: Solder all three wires properly.
Once you have soldered these wires, make sure they are properly insulated, either with shrink insulation or with electrical tape.
Once this is done, you can choose where you want to bring the AUX cable to. You can put it under the steering column or somewhere else, but in my case i drilled a small hole inside the front storage box (where you have the ID card holder) and put the AUX cable through there.
Now put everything back in its place. The headunit and vents can be pushed back into their place easily.
The AUX is now connected to an old Android phone with 16GB SD card to store the music on. You can also put Spotify with offline download option, or just use your own phone. Even a Bluetooth module can now be connected.
Note: To ACTIVATE AUX, you need to push on the CD button for a few seconds.
Overall time taken: +/- 90 mins
PS On how to fix the ERROR03 on your CD PLAYER.
Since a few months i noticed my CD player did not work anymore. There were still 3 CD's inside, but i got the ERROR03 everytime i wanted to load them. It seems this error means one of the CD's is stuck inside.
Since i was opening and removing the unit for the AUX installation i had a quick look and was able to fix the error like this:
Step 1) Remove the top panel of the CD player by removing the 4 little screws.
Step 2) Locate the CD on top. In my case it was stuck out of center. I gently used a screwdriver to get the CD loose and put it back into the center. I suspect it got stuck during offroading or maybe during loading/ejecting.
After this, the CD player worked fine again. I decided to remove all CD's and only put one inside when i actually want to listen to it. This should minimize the risk of getting stuck again.
Wish I'd seen this thread earlier - interesting views on the xterra. I looked at the Wrangler and for reasons of questionable reliability and not being as comfortable, I chose to go for the pajero 3.8L, LWB. Its a great car, very comfortable and a good daily commuter car too. Drove it in the desert last weekend and it was great.
It was a beginner drive but the Paj handled everything quite easily I thought. I did find the power a bit on the lower side when going up steeper dunes, but I managed to get up to wherever our capable guide @Gaurav took us.
So I'm happy with the choice, but only now considering whether I should get a skid plate for the back at least and maybe front and back.
views welcome !