UConnect module install
I just bought a 2011 Ram 1500. Like everyone else on the planet, I thought it had UConnect and when I got it home I got the dreaded "UConnect not available" I ordered the module from Mopar yesterday and today, sitting on my office desk was the part. I got home and after about two hours, it was installed. The worst part of it - overcoming the fear of breaking something on your new truck. Here is the break down:
As always, disconnect the negative battery terminal.
1. Remove the lower glove box. This is done by pushing in a tab on both upper sides of the glove box. You can see a cut in the top and when you push the uppers in about an inch the glove box will fold down the rest of the way. Be careful, it WILL fall to the floor, so guide it down and remove it.
2. Remove the A-pillars on both sides. Do this by slipping a pick in each screw cover and prying. The cover will fall off and hang. Using a 10 mm socket remove each bolt. The A-pillars will remain on even without the bolts. Grab the A-pilar by its handle and twist them slowly inward. They'll pop out.
3. Take the microphone wire and tuck it up into the front of the headliner. If you pull gently down, it'll fall into the headliner and be sufficiently hidden. Run the plug end down into the glove box area on the passenger side being careful where you run it. Reinstall the driver's side A-pillar and tape the microphone to the A-piller. Reinstall your 10mm screws.
4. My truck has the center shift console. If you don't have it, skip this step. Remove the chrome trim ring. In order to do this, you need something to pry with and a towel. Grab the corner of the chrome trim, pull up and insert your pry tool. Gently slide it around the entire piece. It WILL sound like it's breaking. It isn't. There are two tabs on the front and both sides, in the rear of the trim ring there are three tabs. Each tab has multiple ribs. The ribs are what sounds like things breaking. When the trim ring is removed, remove the grey parts of center console. This is done by removing the rubber cup in the front of the console then removing the two phillips head screws under that cap. The rest of the center console will merely pull up.
5. Remove the front trim piece around the radio. Take out the rubber "cup" at the top of the dash. Underneath that remove the two torx-20 screws. Remove the trim piece around the 120v plug by flipping up the socket cover and using your pry tool to pry the bottom part out. Holding the lid up, gently pull the cover off. Remove the torx-20 screw. Remove the cover by gently pushing down on the top of the center (black part) of the radio cover trim panel then sliding your pry tool near the edges. Gently pry and the whole center section of the radio trim piece will come out. Disconnect the plugs and set the trim part aside.
6. Using a 7 mm socket, remove the four screws around the radio. Remove the radio.
7. Disconnect the large plug from the back of the radio and plug your UConnect harness in. Plug the original radio plug back into the new plug. Next to that plug is another plug to install. Run the other lead of the cable through the dash into the glove box area.
8. Reinstall the center section. Don't overtighten anything. Dodge did not use apes to tighten things in this truck.
9. Connect the large plug into the UConnect module. Connect the other (3 prong wire) into the microphone.
10. Attach the tape supplied in the kit to the back of the module and run two zip ties around the back of the metal bracket between the glove box and the passenger side door. Install the box and use the zip ties to ensure that the module is secure. Use your other zip ties to connect those wires to the factory harness.
11. Reinstall glovebox and reconnect the battery.
12. Take the truck to the dealership and have the computer reflashed to add the UConnect feature. Until this is done, nothing will work and when you push the buttons it'll still say Uconnect phone disabled. Attempting to program the device will lead to frustration.
I didn't take any pictures, unfortunately, since my girlfriend (ex-girlfriend) is the one out of the two of us that had a digital camera. If you have any questions though, feel free to ask.
Last edited by burntblues; 09-02-2011 at 09:30 PM.