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Question Swap steering volume buttons to left side

I don't know why Jeep decided to put the volume button on the right side of the steering wheel where as most other manufacturers place it on the left side where it makes more sense.

I am assuming that the wires in the harness could be swapped with the same buttons on the left that control the station. Has anyone done this and if so please advise how you made the change?

I did a google search and came up with this post: Cherokee SRT8 Forum - View Single Post - swap buttons on the steering wheel...possible?

But the user never mentioned how it was accomplished.

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Swap steering volume buttons to left side

Never seen a car with it in the left... Pretty sure the right is more common. You will get used to it.


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Re: Swap steering volume buttons to left side

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I don't know why Jeep decided to put the volume button on the right side of the steering wheel where as most other manufacturers place it on the left side where it makes more sense.

I am assuming that the wires in the harness could be swapped with the same buttons on the left that control the station. Has anyone done this and if so please advise how you made the change?

I did a google search and came up with this post: Cherokee SRT8 Forum - View Single Post - swap buttons on the steering wheel...possible?

But the user never mentioned how it was accomplished.
I doubt it's on the harness or wires coming from steering column.

The steering wheel is a CAN bus keyboard and the radio is a CAN bus computer receiving commands.

Only way is probably by programming.

Here is Pinout on a 2011 Uconnect. Notice no volume, channel wires, just CAN bus.

http://www.dodgedurango.net/forums/a...4an_pinout.jpg
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Re: Swap steering volume buttons to left side

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I doubt it's on the harness or wires coming from steering column.

The steering wheel is a CAN bus keyboard and the radio is a CAN bus computer receiving commands.

Only way is probably by programming.

Here is Pinout on a 2011 Uconnect. Notice no volume, channel wires, just CAN bus.

http://www.dodgedurango.net/forums/a...4an_pinout.jpg
The buttons themselves only send an electric pulse so therefore a simple swap of the wires will switch the functioning of the buttons, I'll look for a diagram of the connections and report what I find, if anyone else has that diagram of the steering connections please post it.
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Re: Swap steering volume buttons to left side

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The buttons themselves only send an electric pulse so therefore a simple swap of the wires will switch the functioning of the buttons, I'll look for a diagram of the connections and report what I find, if anyone else has that diagram of the steering connections please post it.
There will not be wires coming out of the steering column for each button, guaranteed.

But there might be within the steering wheel itself though and you might find where they connect to a larger circuit board within the steering wheel and possibly be able to swap them.

Watch out for airbags.
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Re: Swap steering volume buttons to left side

This might help

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Re: Swap steering volume buttons to left side

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There will not be wires coming out of the steering column for each button, guaranteed.

But there might be within the steering wheel itself though and you might find where they connect to a larger circuit board within the steering wheel and possibly be able to swap them.

Watch out for airbags.
Better stated than what I wrote, that was more what I was thinking in my head but didn't quite come out as clear. The video you posted above is perfect! I Googled for articles but didn't think to check YouTube, good thinking!

If anyone does this on the grand Cherokee please shoot a quick video, otherwise when mine comes in I'll post one up. My wife has a 2015 summit and I'll see if she wants the buttons swapped, if so I can shoot the video for that one.

Any advice from someone who has disassembled the steering wheel on how to not accidentally set the airbag off?
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Any advice from someone who has disassembled the steering wheel on how to not accidentally set the airbag off?
First step would be to disconnect the battery.
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Re: Swap steering volume buttons to left side

In my case, I prefer the controls on the left because that's where the other "controls" are, such as the signals, wipers, light controls, etc. That's the control side of the wheel.

However, with so many things going to a fly by wire style system, I don't know why they don't have it built so you can switch the sides in the UConnect system settings.

Related:

Pet peeve of mine is the separate connect and hangup buttons on cell phones and, as a result, the steering wheel controls.

I don't know why anyone thought that was a good idea.

It should be one button you press to connect a call, then press it again to hang up - you know, just regular phones have been since phones existed.

I have always hated that. It just means now I have to glance down at the controls to make sure I'm hitting the correct one to connect or disconnect. I simply don't make enough calls to remember which side they're on and having the voice control button for the car in the middle makes it even harder to find them without looking.

Cell phones have always had a bad case of "tech-itus", where something high tech has to look or act silly to seem like it's futuristic. It started with cell phones with the buttons on the back side of the handset (making voice mail prompts impossible to use) and has only gone down from there. Even the antennas were silly.

The same goes for alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles that have to look like space ships so you know they're high tech.
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Re: Swap steering volume buttons to left side

All GM vehicles since 07-ish have had ALL audio controls (vol and seek) on the right side. DCX has had the volume on the right and seek on the left since the 90s. I don't know what you've driven before but this seems to be the standard for American vehicles...
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All GM vehicles since 07-ish have had ALL audio controls (vol and seek) on the right side. DCX has had the volume on the right and seek on the left since the 90s. I don't know what you've driven before but this seems to be the standard for American vehicles...
That's not to say that us Americans don't do things ass backwards sometimes!
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In my case, I prefer the controls on the left because that's where the other "controls" are, such as the signals, wipers, light controls, etc. That's the control side of the wheel.
I agree, the reason I prefer them on the left is pure logic. Most of us are right handed, therefor most of us who drive with one hand on the wheel do so with the left hand. That way our right hand is free to do whatever, never texting while driving of course, lol. Point being, if your left hand is on the wheel, it should be able to reach the more important controls.

Another reason is that the right hand buttons are literally a couple inches away from the actual volume knob, if I wanted to use my right hand to control the volume, I could just move it a couple inches and turn the knob.
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