Please note that I take NO responsibility for you doing any damage to your car by doing this yourself.
Hi KayR i wpuld like to install my carplay kit by myself. Can you give instruction how to do it?
Thanks in advance
NEW SOFTWARE HAD TO BE INSTALLED BEFORE THE USB HUB WAS REPLACED - search this forum - user ASH8 kindly supplied a link for me
How I replaced the old USB hub
1) I obtained a compatible CarPlay/android auto usb hub. I got mine from Amazon for £89. This came with instructions, 2 connecting cables, foam raps and zip ties.
2) I removed my Sat nav card from my original usb hub
3) I pried off the front of the original hub with a fine screwdriver. This revealed 4 horizontal slots at each corner
4) I used scissors placed in each horizontal slot and pushed and twisted until I broke the plastic lugs keeping the hub in place, I removed the hub and disconnected the two wires leading to it.
5) I removed the glove box by pushing on each side as I opened it, then unhooked from the hinges so it came fully out
6) I pried off the long panel where the air vent warms your feet. This gave me a good view and access for feeding the new cables down from the head unit.
7) In my mazda 2 I had to pry off the covers in front and behind my infotainment screen. There were two bolts in front of the screen that needed to be removed (see YouTube link below)
8) I pulled out the screen and infotainment unit, but placed a rag underneath it and into the hole otherwise it would have scratched my dash on the way out.
9) I followed the instructions with new usb hub to remove old and attach new wires
10) I fed the new wires down from the top towards the side where my glove compartment is so that I could see and direct them.
11) I then directed the wires by the side of my CD player and then to the hole left by the removed usb hub
12) I connected the new wires to new hub as shown in instructions with the kit
13) I tested everything worked before reassembling - mine didn’t initially as I’d disabled CarPlay on my phone, but was fine once reinstated. Remember you have to plug your phone into the usb port as it’s not wireless.
14) i then wrapped foam supplied in kit around some of the wires (to stop squeaking when car is moving), and zip tied excess cabling together near the glove box so it couldn’t drop down below the new usb hub and interfere with my hand brake cable.
15) reassembled, replaced Sat nav card and I was good to go!
it was a bit fiddly, but better than paying the garage to do it!
videos on YouTube show you how to remove the infotainment unit.
If you don’t want to remove the usb unit as I did, you’ll have to remove more trim as shown in YouTube videos.
I found this useful, but I didn’t follow their instructions for removing the usb hub, just followed infotainment removal (there was no need to remove the dash strip as indicated):