JAGUAR X TYPE 2002 1.G Owners Manual
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Audio Connectivity Module (ACM) Installation - Part No. C2S 44674
NB These notes are intended as a DIY guide to installing a Jaguar ACM unit to the OEM
in-car system. It is offered as a record of my experience and as such I cannot accept
responsibility for anything YOU do as a result of reading it!!
Unfortunately the X-Type Jaguar entertainment system did not originally come with a facility to connect
external devices such as iPods etc. To do so requires the fitting of a Jaguar Audio Connectivity Module
(ACM), which adds a pair of RCA jack inputs, a USB interface and an iPod cable to Jaguar’s OEM head
unit. According to Jaguar:
“Enhance your driving experience by enjoying playback of any digital audio device (MP3
player, CD player, iPod, USB memory stick, etc.) through your [stock] entertainment system.
With Jaguar's Audio Connectivity Module, USB memory sticks and iPods can be operated from
the center console or steering wheel-mounted controls. Conveniently located in your vehicle's
center armrest, the system houses all necessary audio wires/cables while ensuring clear sound
S-Type -- Fits 2003 model year and beyond.
X-Type -- Fits 2002 model year and newer X-TYPEs.
XJ -- Fits 2004 model year onward.”
Small flat blade screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, Star (Torque) bolt adapters, electric drill, 16mm drill bit,
and insulating tape.
The unit comes with everything necessary to connect to the original equipment, Including the Jaguar
handbook and installation instructions which are almost entirely pictorial and fairly easy to follow – I got this
TIP: For ease of reference I stuck a small label on each part corresponding to the Jaguar pic above, which
made it much easier to locate the bits as the installation progressed
TIP: Make a note of your radio security code before you start
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Working out what went where was also easy with the aid of the drawing above.
Before I started I read the installation manual and the user guide to get my head around just
what I was fitting and how it worked.
Almost immediately I realized that I did not want to sacrifice my central storage bin (under the
armrest) where I keep a few CDs and bits and pieces. Jaguar recommend drilling and screwing
the RCA and USB inputs into the front of the bin:
As it will be used most I wanted the iPod connector near the arm rest and wasn’t really bothered where
the other two went as long as they were readily accessible but out of the way.
On closer examination I found a cable path through to the bin from the rear under the hinge plate –
which meant I could feed the iPod connector through without drilling at all – see later
I also decided to fix the RCA input and the USB connector to the side of the central tunnel in a position
that would not impede the passenger seat moving forward or get in the way of peoples legs – again see
Having decided on where to locate the components it was time to dismantle!
I disconnected the battery just to be sure nothing went wrong.
First – remove the DSC switch by gently prising upwards (or
coin holder if you don’t have that) and disconnect the cables
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I removed the centre console to give clear access
to the areas needed for my chosen cable runs.
Lift out the rubber mat in the bottom of the bin to
reveal the 3 securing bolts (Torque / Star headed)
which hold the console down to the floor pan.
Look at the black hinge on the left there is a pre-
formed recess under it which I use later to pass the
iPod cable through (saves drilling and blocking the
space used for CDs).
Then remove the gear knob and spring by turning anti-clockwise – bit tight but it will just unscrew.
The trim surrounding the gear lever gaiter unclips with gentle pressure from a flat blade screwdriver:
Slide the whole thing upward to reveal the two retaining screws underneath. They are the two screws
indicated (note yet another wasted cup of tea alongside).
Find the small black Phillips screw holding the rear of the carpet trim to the centre console just in front
of the seat on either side and take it out
Pull the trim gently toward you until the clips holding
it come out to reveal two more star headed bolts to
Now the centre console can be lifted up from the rear to expose the wiring and connector for the
Bluetooth module (if fitted)
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Unclip the Bluetooth wiring at the floor and now the
entire centre console can be lifted up and out of the car.
The Bluetooth module is fastened
to the side of the centre bin by
Now remove the ashtray by undoing the two
Phillips screws at the bottom and lift it out
carefully until you can reach behind it and unclip
the wiring (2 connectors) for the cigar lighter The
orange cable and connector in the picture (note
tea still not drunk).
Remove the trim finisher by easing forward to reveal the
two retaining bolts at the bottom of the CD player
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With a small flat blade screwdriver gently
ease forward and up the trim around the
hazard light switch at the top of the screen
revealing the two torque retaining bolts for
the entertainment unit.
Undo all four bolts and ease the whole
entertainment unit forward until you can see and
access the connectors for the hazard lights and
heated seat switches – unclip and ease unit forward
until access is possible to the main cable feeds to it.
TIP Cover the gear stick with a soft cloth to prevent
accidental damage to your screen
Unclip the aerial connector, two large connectors and
the fibre optic cables.
The unit should now be free and you can lift it away
to store safely until needed.
Now it’s time to make the new connections
for the ACM and decide where you will
position the box itself – I put it flat on top of
the foam padding at the rear of the void
which was clear of both the ashtray and the
entertainment unit when fitted.
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It’s obvious from the installation instructions and the
ports on the ACM unit – what goes where.
You just need to be careful that the box lies flat in its
new position and that all the cables (especially the
fibre optics) reach without twisting or bending too
So now it’s time to rig up the wiring in its final position –
as I mentioned earlier I decided to vary the Jaguar
locations and was able to pass the iPod cable under the
arm rest hinge by removing the two retaining screws
which was a bonus as I was not at all keen to drill into the
I fitted the RCA and USB input connectors forward of the passenger seat on the carpeted wall of the
centre console – which is plastic and suitable for the self tapping screws used to secure the equipment,
It did mean drilling one hole through the plastic but as it is black and the cables and clips etc are the
same colour it is relatively inconspicuous when done:
I drilled from the back and used the smallest
possible drill bit 16mm which allowed the USB
connector to just pass through alongside the
cable for the RCA jacks. Much of the carpet side
stayed in situ which was good as it helps mask
the hole when fitted.
A couple of self tappers later (supplied) and this is
what the connectors look like when the panel is
clipped back on – the hole is barely visible – much
better than drilling into the centre bin
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Hook up the wiring and slide the entertainment unit back in place and it’s almost time to rebuild.
TIP before you do bolt it all back in place and restore the trim etc to its former glory - test the system is
As they say in all the finest Haynes Manuals rebuilding is the reverse of dismantling!
When it’s all done this is what it looks like:
I did not even have to reconfigure the system it automatically recognized the ACM as the CDC and the
iPod and USB ports both work very well with excellent sound quality – I am yet to test the RCA inputs
but have no reason to doubt they will be OK too.