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How to Add Carplay to Sync 2?

Do you want to stay connected on the go without taking your eyes off the road? With Apple Carplay, you can make calls and access music, messages, and more.

Whether you have a Ford or a VW with Sync2 system installed, now there’s an easy way to add all those features to your car.

Installing CarPlay on Ford Sync 2 involves:

#1. Removing the existing Sync 2 screen.

#2. Replacing it with a CarPlay module circuit board.

#3. Connecting power and signal cords.

#4. Connecting the microphone and USB cable.

Keep the back cover of the screen in a safe place, and check that all original car plugs have been restored and the system is working correctly before reassembling the car.

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In this article, I will provide step-by-step instructions for installing a CarPlay module onto a Sync 2 screen.

How Do I Add Carplay to My Sync 2?

Before you start, park your car in a safe and well-lit area. This will make it easier to see what you’re doing and reduce the risk of accidents.

Make sure you have all the tools and materials you need within reach.

Remove the Sync 2 Screen From Dash

To install the CarPlay module, you must remove the Sync 2 screen from the car. Depending on your vehicle’s model, the process for doing this may vary.

I recommend always checking the manual or the installation guide that comes with the CarPlay module for specific instructions.

In most cars, the first step is to remove the front dash panel cover and use the screwdriver to remove the radio.

Then, refer to the installation instructions that came with the CarPlay module to remove the back cover of the Sync 2 screen.

Be very careful when handling the Sync 2 screen. It is a delicate electronic device, and it can be easily damaged. Avoid bending, twisting, or dropping it.

Remove the Back Cover of the Screen

Once you’ve removed the Sync 2 screen from the dash, you need to remove its back cover. 

This will give you access to all wires that need to be connected to the CarPlay module. When removing the back cover, follow the instructions in the installation guide.

Install CarPlay Module

Once the Sync 2 screen is removed, you can start installing the CarPlay module. Follow these steps:

#1. Disconnect the two cables from the back of the Sync 2 screen.

#2. Remove the back cover of the screen.

#3. Align the module board with the connectors on the Sync 2 screen.

#4. Connect the two cables to the module board.

#5. Secure the module board to the original car screen with the screws.

#6. Connect the module’s power and signal cord to the corresponding circuits.

#7. Plug in the sync module of the original screen and tighten the screws.

#8. Pass the microphone and USB cable through the designated area and connect them according to the installation instructions.

#9. Connect the power cord and signal cord to the chassis on the back of the original radio.

#10. Connect the microphone to the MAC socket of the signal cord.

#11. Restore the other plugs of the original radio.

#12. Install the radio back into the dashboard.

Test the System

After installing the CarPlay module, it’s time to test it to ensure everything is working correctly.

#1. Start the car and press the small button at the bottom of the screen for two seconds to enter the module’s main menu.

#2. From the menu, select CarPlay to connect your iPhone.

#3. Test the touch screen and voice control to make sure they are working properly.

When installed correctly, you should be able to navigate through the CarPlay interface and access your apps without any issues.

If you encounter any problems, refer to the installation instructions or contact the manufacturer for support.

Before driving, ensure all original car plugs have been restored, and all the car’s systems are functioning correctly.

Conclusion

In this guide, I have covered the steps for installing a CarPlay module onto a Sync 2 screen in a car.

Here’s a quick recap of the process:

#1. Gather the necessary tools and materials (screwdriver, CarPlay module, cables).

#2. Remove the Sync 2 screen from the car.

#3. Install the CarPlay module by disconnecting the cables, attaching the module board to the original car screen with screws, connecting the power and signal cords, plugging in the sync module, and restoring the other plugs of the original radio.

#4. Test the CarPlay module by starting the car, connecting to CarPlay from the main menu, and checking the touch screen and voice control.

#5. Make sure all original car plugs have been restored before driving.

FAQ

Why Is Sync 2 Screen Not Turning On?

When after the installation, your screen does not turn on, you have to check that the radio is plugged into the car’s electrical system.

If the connection is correct, try restarting the radio. If the screen still doesn’t turn on, try disconnecting the battery’s negative wire for a few minutes to let it reset.

Why Is CarPlay Module Not Connecting to My iPhone?

There could be a few reasons the module is not connecting to your iPhone.

Make sure that your iPhone is updated to the latest version of iOS and within the module’s range. If the issue persists, try restarting both your iPhone and the car.

Why Is Touch Screen Not Responding to My Touch?

Ensure the screen is clean and free of any dirt or debris.

If the issue persists, try restarting the car and the module. If the problem still exists, there may be a problem with the frozen screen or module.

To learn more, check my other article about problems with car displays.

Who Can Help Me to Get the Installation Right?

If you need help with the installation, try reaching out to the manufacturer of the CarPlay module for support.

They should be able to provide you with guidance and troubleshooting tips. Alternatively, you can ask for help from a professional mechanic in your area or take the car to the service.

How Can I Remove the Carplay Module and Return to the Original Sync 2 System?

To remove the CarPlay module, you’ll need to uninstall it by reversing the installation steps.

This will include removing the CarPlay module circuit board, disconnecting the power and signal cords, and restoring the original circuit board.

Once this is done, you should be able to use the Sync 2 system as before.