Replacing Volvo Factory Radio?

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Sambo's Comment
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Is this a simple plug and play or is there rewiring involved?

My radio does not have the USB plug or the auxiliary audio jack and it's getting annoying having to find blank radio stations in big cities. I just want to buy a cheap replacement radio that will have these features so I'm not dealing with trying to find a static free radio station to tune to.

Sambo's Comment
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Forgot to mention, I may not be able to find a "volvo" radio and may have to find a suitable replacement of another brand.

Ruminator's Comment
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I have a 2014 Volvo 670 with the stock radio. I dont know if your Volvo is the same model. The radio itself doesnt have the aux inputs. In my truck, Volvo placed those inputs in a separate place. They are located on dash just behind the wipers lever and below red trailer air brake release. Theres an audio jack along with a USB port. they tie into the radio.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sambo's Comment
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I guess mine is a lower package, those features are not there.

I'm wanting the list so I'll have an auxiliary jack for my xm. Gets annoying when I get close to a city trying to find an empty station so my xm is clear. Do they make some type of special transmitter that will negate fm signals? That would be ideal. I could just disconnect the antennas but I like to be able to listen to local radio at times as well as the weather band.

Other than that, I'll just get a new radio, bit not if I have to start cutting wires.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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I would check with your Company Shop Personell. They may have an upgraded radio. I WOULD NOT take it upon myself to replace the radio (or anything else for that matter), in a Company Truck. In this case it would be better to ask for permission, than to beg for forgiveness.

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Sambo's Comment
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I've asked at 2 of our shops, they don't keep extra radios.

Oh well, this truck is due to be retired soon, just don't know how soon. I'll just wait it out til then

Rick S.'s Comment
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I would check with your Company Shop Personell. They may have an upgraded radio. I WOULD NOT take it upon myself to replace the radio (or anything else for that matter), in a Company Truck. In this case it would be better to ask for permission, than to beg for forgiveness.

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And you might be "begging for forgiveness" from the bus ride home. A majority of companies FORBID doing any kind of electrical work on your own. Connecting hardwired inverters, etc.

Electrical fires are one of the top causes of truck fires (aside from running into stuff), so companies are understandably strict about allowing drivers to mess with doing work on their company trucks. Lease truck - it's yours. Wanna burn it to the ground - you're paying for it.

Rick

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Sambo's Comment
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Yeah, that's why I was hoping it could be a plug and play. Naturally, I'd ask them before swapping, but was wanting it to be a simple, pull the old one out, plug the connectors.into the new.one and go. If it's going to require a bunch of rewiring, I wouldn't mess with it.

Kurt G.'s Comment
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You definitely should get permission, but this place: http://www.bigrigstereo.com appears to have the stuff you need to replace the radio without modifying the truck. I've never done business with them, I just found them by googling. You can get a wiring harness that will plug in to the existing connector, tools to remove the existing radio, and some kind of plastic part so that a standard radio will fit in the opening.

I paid $40 on amazon for a radio for my car that has usb, sd card, and aux input (the one in it had cassette!!). I'm amazed that most models still see to have cd.

Kurt G.'s Comment
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...I should have added, the company I work for clearly forbids it. In the shop there's a sign that says if you do that they will replace it with a stock radio when it's in for maintenance (which we are every 3 months). So again, it would be wise to check.

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