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Old 02-08-2010, 03:58 PM   #21
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Alright, I have tried over and over again to find this thing and cant find it.

1. What does the Sync module look like?
2. What is written on it?
3. What is next to it?
4. How big is the module?

I ask all of these questions because there is a TON of crap behind the gove box, beside the glove box, above the glove box...... Pictures would be nice if anyone has them.

Thanks.
The instructions you referenced were for a Focus. It's also above the glovebox on a Mustang, but rotated so that it's harder to see.

In any case, you'll have to do the following:

Step 1.) Open glove box.

Step 2.) Completely lower glove box (release so that it drops all the way down)

Step 3.) Position yourself under glove box opening with flashlight.

Step 4.) Look up. The SYNC module is the black plastic box that should be right above you (installed parallel to the floor pan--not on end like on the Focus). It's about 8 inches by 4 inches. It has 'FoMoCo' molded into the plastic, and there should be a white-silver label on it. It SHOULD say 'SYNC' on that label somewhere (unless it's on the other side). The module is held up by 4 screws, and is next to a curved bracket.

Step 5.) The connectors are on the back side of the module (facing the firewall), the way it's oriented on the Mustang. The main wiring harness connector has a lever-release mechanism--DO NOT JUST PULL ON IT. YOU WILL BREAK IT. The USB connectors are recessed (also on the back side), but they're the Micro-USB connectors (like the kind that connect to your phone or digital camera). One of them is used (should be a wiring harness going into it) to feed your on-board USB port. The other is open. However, because of the recessing and the wiring harness connector, you'll need a micro USB cable with a very small molded boot/plug to get back in there.

If you want to plug some USB device into the second port, if you get a AM/Micro-M cable (pretty readily available), you'll need a AF-AF (double-female 'A'-plug gender changer) to essentially create a second USB port in your vehicle).
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:10 PM   #22
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Thanks for the info fordengineer. Does the SYNC system support two usb drives at one time? I use the one in the glovebox for an Ipod Touch. I like that there is an option to use the other port, but im not sure what it would be good for other then changing the location of where you put your single USB drive.
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And since I realized I just spoke in Engineer, here's what I meant:

You'll need one cable with these ends on it (a very small molded boot on Micro-M end, though...you might need to shave it down)
On Left: USB-A/Male (AM), On Right:USB-Micro/Male (Micro-M)
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You'll also need one of these
A USB double-female 'A'-plug gender changer (AF-AF):
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Plug the small end of the first thing into your SYNC module, then plug the large (flat) end of the first thing into the second thing. Plug your device into the other end of the second thing. Enjoy your new USB port.

And no, I haven't done this on my vehicle. I don't know what happens when you put 2 USB devices on and tell it to play from USB.
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:20 PM   #24
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Thanks for the info fordengineer. Does the SYNC system support two usb drives at one time? I use the one in the glovebox for an Ipod Touch. I like that there is an option to use the other port, but im not sure what it would be good for other then changing the location of where you put your single USB drive.
Whoa, I was typing my reply to cover my butt on that question when you posted. I have no idea if it supports 2 drives at once. I've never tried it. Hopefully it doesn't blow up.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:21 PM   #25
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I have 2010 GT and I use the second usb port all the time. Just use voice command and tell to play USB 2
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:00 PM   #26
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Ford Enginner, you're the man. I saw that black box when I looked the first time but it didn't say Sync anywhere on it. It was probably just the angle I was seeing it. It did say FoMoCo on it thought, I do remember that. It's so cramped in there. I may have to get a small mirror or something so I can see where the second USB plug is.....
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I have 2010 GT and I use the second usb port all the time. Just use voice command and tell to play USB 2
Well that's good to hear. So it does work..... My plan is to have the iPod in the glove compartment and use the console USB port for my Blackberry charger.
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This is excellent news. I'll probably do the same thing and leave my iPod in the glove blox and keep the console port open to charge my iPhone.

Reading stuff like this gets me way too excited. I can't wait to get my `11. Such a long wait.
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I have 2010 GT and I use the second usb port all the time. Just use voice command and tell to play USB 2
Exactly! I finally got under there tonight and found the second USB slot.

If you put your iPod into the glove compartment, where you are using that second port for your music, you have to hit the "command" button and tell it to play "USB 2".

It recognizes the USB slot in the center console as "USB".

If you scroll through the Play menu manually there is no option for "USB 2", just "USB". So if your iPod or music device is plugged into USB 2, you have to verbally tell it to play it.

Now I can charge my phone with USB in the center, and play my iPod in the glove compartment at the same time, instead of having to unplug one to do the other.
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Good info, is there a spare 3.5mm jack there too? I use a sansa fuse to listen to my audio books, and I believe it will only work off of the 3.5 mm jack. I'm partial to my fuse, I have listened to 62 audio books on it now, and ont want to change just yet! Any one listen to Graphic audio's Deathlands series?
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Good info, is there a spare 3.5mm jack there too? I use a sansa fuse to listen to my audio books, and I believe it will only work off of the 3.5 mm jack. I'm partial to my fuse, I have listened to 62 audio books on it now, and ont want to change just yet! Any one listen to Graphic audio's Deathlands series?
It looks like the only thing extra down there is the USB port. Maybe see if there's an 3.5mm to USB adaptor?
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It recognizes the USB slot in the center console as "USB".

If you scroll through the Play menu manually there is no option for "USB 2", just "USB". So if your iPod or music device is plugged into USB 2, you have to verbally tell it to play it.

Now I can charge my phone with USB in the center, and play my iPod in the glove compartment at the same time, instead of having to unplug one to do the other.
Have you thought about doing it the other way round? Using the glove box USB for your phone and keeping the center one for your music device? That way you don't have to voice command the USB2 every time?

I don't have a 2010.... but was just thinking!
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Good info, is there a spare 3.5mm jack there too? I use a sansa fuse to listen to my audio books, and I believe it will only work off of the 3.5 mm jack. I'm partial to my fuse, I have listened to 62 audio books on it now, and ont want to change just yet! Any one listen to Graphic audio's Deathlands series?
Found a 3.5mm to USB converter for you. Check out the link below. You'd still need the two sided USB adaptor like shown earlier in the post, but you could plug this adaptor into that and you'd be gold.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Converter.html
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I like the idea of leaving a cable in the glove box for charging purposes only, as suggested by elmo3000.

I would probably leave the female end sitting in the glove box. That way I can swap cables depending on the device I want to charge (iPhone vs Blackberry).
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I like the idea of leaving a cable in the glove box for charging purposes only, as suggested by elmo3000.
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I like the idea of leaving a cable in the glove box for charging purposes only, as suggested by elmo3000.

I would probably leave the female end sitting in the glove box. That way I can swap cables depending on the device I want to charge (iPhone vs Blackberry).
Yeah, I left the female end in the glove box and my iPod is connected to that. The reason I have the iPod there is because you will never have to touch it, just leave it plugged in and it's out of the way.

With the USB slot in my center console..... I want to use that for my Blackberry because it's easier to access that and I charge my Blackberry all the time. I ran the cord out of the back of the console and on the side of the passenger seat and kinda tucked it away. That way if I need to charge my iPod I can just grab the cord (without having to open the console) and plug it into my Blackberry.

If the blackberry cord is hanging out of the Glove Compartment it would look messier.
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Exactly! I finally got under there tonight and found the second USB slot.
Did you have to remove the glove box? Can you provide additional detail on how you got to the port? Thanks
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If you used a cable like the one below (link), and dremeled a small square in the glove box, you could make the second USB port look very OEM. You would need to use a second cable to convert USB A to Mini B.

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If you used a cable like the one below (link), and dremeled a small square in the glove box, you could make the second USB port look very OEM. You would need to use a second cable to convert USB A to Mini B.

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You're the man! I have to find out where to get some of those and I'll do that for sure. I was thinking about doing something like that on the side of the center console.
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Did you have to remove the glove box? Can you provide additional detail on how you got to the port? Thanks
Yes, I did have to remove the glove box completely to actually find the box, but now that I know where it is I wouldn't have to remove it completely in order to plug in a cable.....

If you lower the glove box completely, by pushing in on the sides so it can lower all the way, there's a black box on top of where the glove box is (the top of the glove box blocks it if it's not lowered all the way). There's already one cable running out of that box which may make it easier to see. If you feel with your fingers right next to that cable (will be on your right) you will feel where the second port is.

You won't be able to actually SEE the port because it's on the far side of the box, but you can feel it with your fingers.

The way that port is positioned, even with the glove box all the way off and laying on my back facing up toward the glove compartment, I still couldn't actually see the port. I could see an opening where it was, but had to use a mirror to actually SEE the port itself.
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