Cadillac Allante Forum Discussion, Tired of pulling open the console to open trunk/fuel door? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; i recently acquired one of the more recent auto-dim/onstar mirrors. i hated to think the buttons would just sit there, ...
Automobile(s): 2004 Cadillac SRX V8 AWD, 1989 Cadillac Allanté: Pearl White
Tired of pulling open the console to open trunk/fuel door?
i recently acquired one of the more recent auto-dim/onstar mirrors. i hated to think the buttons would just sit there, unused, taking up space. i know the buttons send multiplexed signals instead of just being regular buttons. I decided on a use and a workaround
I took the mirror apart and learned how the buttons operate, then i took a phone jack and spliced it in sloppily, modified the bottoms of the buttons and used a multimeter to test continuity.
the cable i used is a 25 foot phone cable, which i will run from the mirror area down to where the trunk release and fuel door release buttons are... If all goes well, i will be able to open trunk and fuel door right from the mirror without having to fumble with the center console.
the outer buttons may eventually get seat heater function duty
turns out the phone jack and cable ended up unused, i ended up using speaker wire, the thing gauge kind. i STILL havent wired in the temp or compass or auto dim
to do this mod youll need to remove the ash tray assembly, center console trany, and possibly shifter knob and shifter plate.
this will allow easy access to the bottom of the fuel dorr and trunk release switches. i DID NOT cut these switches, instead i bought some male and female spade connectors and wired them inline with the switches.
here are pics of the mirror section
and a pic of me goin buckwild on the button hooked to the multimeter