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« on: March 28, 2007, 11:18:06 PM »

I figured I'd post this [and hopefully get it stickied] because of so many people asking about the dinger module.

The Aztek [and pretty much every GM car nowadays] uses your stock radio for the chimes [leaving your head lights on, seat belt reminder, turn signal on too long, low fuel, key in ignition, etc,] generally playing them through the driver's door speaker. Once you remove the stock radio and replace it with an aftermarket head unit, the dings no longer exist.
To fix this, there are dinger modules available. They vary in price from around $75-120 USD. Some of them is just a module that connects to the wire harness you purchase, others are combined with the wire harness going into your new stereo. Once hooked up, the dings will come out of this module rather than your door speaker, and your new aftermarket head unit will be fully functional.

NOW, if you are annoyed by those dings and don't want them, you don't have to purchase this item. It is simply a luxury item, and totally unnecessary. BUT if you don't have it, you run the risk of leaving your headlights on [which generally shut themselves off after like 10 minutes] or leaving your key in the ignition, looking like an idiot with your turn signal blinking for the past 15 miles or not knowing you're out of gas until you're sitting on the side of the road calling AAA.
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2007, 06:52:06 AM »

be careful GM was good for piggybackin other stuff through the radio i think, my buddy skipped that, and while cruizin his '02 cavalier @ 25mph the airbags just deployed. dealer refused to take the warrenty hit, because he had an aftermarket radio.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2007, 12:15:56 PM »

modules come in two flavors, the one that uses the speakers for the chimes and the one like 03 described. Now if you have steering wheel controls that's a whole different animal.

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2008, 05:46:03 PM »

Thought I'd keep this question in this thread...  Can anyone provide any part numbers/brands for these modules?  I thought you could find ANYTHING on E-Bay, but I can't seem to find this part anywhere on the web.  I've tried searching for "Dinger", "Ding Unit", "Chime unit", "Radio Interface", "Radio adapter".  The only one I was able to find was branded "Peripheral", cost $119 and was an add-on for a GM adapter kit that cost $175 by itself.

EDIT:  I'll answer my own question for anyone else who might be looking around for this same answer.  The chime units are usually part of the complete wiring harness.  Looks like the most readily available one is the Scosche GMLAN2SR.
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If you can't fix it yourself, redesign it since it was obviously poorly designed to begin with, otherwise you could fix it yourself.  Right?
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2008, 07:51:53 PM »

There really is another keyword search you can, and I can not remember it for the life of me.  I think it is the name of the actual make for the unit.  I THINK.......  it might be like, CM-1


OH......  here you go..........

http://www.installer.com/cars/by_car.php?carid=4639
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2009, 07:39:09 PM »

I know this thread is a year old but I just wanted to share something.

I was just at Best Buy pricing out in dash DVD systems to have installed. The tech told me that not having the chime can cause your car to show transmission (and other) error codes during NYS Inspection scans. In NYS, if there are errors or if any of your service lights are on, your car will not pass the inspection.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2009, 09:55:06 PM »

I dunno if i would trust someone at best buy.  im sure at the same time he was trying to sale you the module as well.  Though who knows
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2009, 09:13:15 PM »

So, you don't need this 'dinger'? When i got my Tek, I had a Kenwood radio in my previous car that I kept. I attempted to install it in the Tek but, it wouldn't do anything. No picture, no sound. I know it had power going to it cuz the CD ejected. After that happened, I went to best buy and asked what was going on. He told me about the 'dinger' module. After he said it was over $100 I just sold the Kenwood radio. Is it true that you do not NEED this module? If so, why didn't my Kenwood work?


Is this the right thing?
http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=18076
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2009, 10:46:26 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2009, 05:52:36 PM »

PAC Audio makes an item C2R-GM24. It retains the chimes and adds an all important power wire for aftermarket radios, known as 'retained power' so the radio does not have to initialize every time you start the car. They also sell steering wheel control adapters for aftermarket radios. :mellow:
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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2009, 09:20:43 PM »

So, you don't need this 'dinger'? When i got my Tek, I had a Kenwood radio in my previous car that I kept. I attempted to install it in the Tek but, it wouldn't do anything. No picture, no sound. I know it had power going to it cuz the CD ejected. After that happened, I went to best buy and asked what was going on. He told me about the 'dinger' module. After he said it was over $100 I just sold the Kenwood radio. Is it true that you do not NEED this module? If so, why didn't my Kenwood work?


Is this the right thing?
http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=18076

More than likely something wasn't hooked up quite right.  Maybe a signal to the 'Tek's onboard amp.  The chime module shouldn't have ANY effect over the radio's operation.  If it powered on and played in the previous vehicle, and now it won't power on at all, then either the radio was damaged during removal or it wasn't hooked up correctly.  If it powers on but you don't get any audio out, then it's probably the on-board amp not powering up for some reason.
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2009, 08:00:03 AM »

Just an FYI, for those looking for the chime module.  Crutchfield has discounted them to $39.  I found this out when ordering the radio and the unit (2001 aztek).

The item worked perfectly, it is a Metra brand.

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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2009, 12:03:18 PM »

I also found a dinger module on the cheap..

http://audiomax.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=2551934
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« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2010, 11:28:12 AM »

When I put my deck in I was able to get a dinger module at Wal-mart along with the Harness. Works fine all except the steering wheel controls.
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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2011, 01:29:11 PM »

There are modules out there now to let you have your steering wheel controls back depending on your aftermarket head unit. 

New ones are coming with a dedicated steering wheel control 1/8" jack on the back of the deck, or also the CD changer input jack can be used, too. 

The other way (and the one I'll have to use) is if your deck has a wireless remote, a module is made that has an IR emitter to trigger the deck when you press a steering wheel control. Works like those 'IR blaster' things you'd sometimes use with a cable box to turn your VCR on, turn it to a certain channel, and record a show.  (yes, I know that dates me, and I also know what a turntable is, and what 8-track tapes were, lol)...Scosche makes both of these modules, and I'm sure other accessory companies do as well...
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