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Old 11-06-2013, 08:55 AM   #1
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How To: Access the USB 2 on SYNC

I read this on a few other forums and verified it for our cars as well. There's at least one thread about this in the archive but it's not in the right section or really that detailed.

Basically what we have is a SYNC module that has two Mini USB ports on it. One is designated for the USB access in the center stack and the other port is designed for service technicians to update software, troubleshoot, whatever. There's absolutely nothing that a service tech can do for SYNC that you can't do on your own by pulling the fuse or doing a master reset so why not utilize that extra USB port for music storage or extra charging power? :)

What you'll need:
Dash puller tools so you don't scratch the plastic
7mm socket to remove SYNC unit
*Recommended: Purchase the slightly pricey Ford USB cable. You'll need to modify it to fit, but it latches tight and will not fall out of the port. This can be modified with a grinder, just be sure not to over-do it. Here is the image of the USB ports on the SYNC module. The consumer cables only fit the one side. Simply grind down the plastic on the cable's mini end and it will slide in and latch tight.*

Steps:
1. Remove the passenger dash cover. Be wary of the gold colored screw that is holding it in place. You don't want to break anything.

2. Remove the 4 screws holding in the SYNC unit.

3. Gently pull out the SYNC unit to access the USB ports below.

4. If you have modified your OE USB Cable, you can snap it in place and route the cable however you want. If you are using a non-oem mini usb cable, you might want to find a way to prevent the mini plug from falling out of the port if you hit a bump or something.

5. Put everything back together

6. Plug in your USB Device of choice.

7. Initiate a voice command and say "USB 2"

The SYNC Lady will say "USB 2" and you will now have full USB control of your device. USB 2 cannot be accessed from the menu - it must be voice controlled to access.

This is great if you've got an old iPod with a bum battery or a USB thumb drive or if you've got a passenger and you want to charge multiple devices on a road trip.


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Old 11-06-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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Excellent write up Mac.
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Thanks. This was really easy and for the couple of weeks I've had it done, it's been very useful. It allows me to keep my wired device in the glovebox so there aren't wires around the console area.

I should also note that the system will remember USB 2 so if you've been listening to music and you shut off the car, the system will automatically initialize USB 2 and begin playing your music when you turn the car back on. This is true for my 2011 Focus, I have read some owners of F-150 trucks and Escapes that the system does not remember USB 2.
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That's pretty cool if you have a need for the 2nd USB. I pulled my wires around the back and have them in the glovebox like you said, and it cleans the console up real nice. Definitely worth the little work.
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MAC my SYNC stopped working, when you pull this is this a good time to look for reasons of why it does not work?
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If pulling the fuse doesn't work in your case, I don't know what else you can do. It's probably the unit itself and it would need replaced.
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I've been hooked to USB 2 since 2010 now. You can get to it without taking it all apart. Just drop the glovebox door, then reach up there and plug it in. In almost 4 years it's never fallen out. My 80GB Ipod only leaves the glovebox to be updated.
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You don't have to take it all apart, but it's a pain to reach around under there, blindly trying to plug in a tiny usb to a port you've never seen before.
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Been using USB 2 for a week now and it works flawlessly! The resume feature makes it worthwhile by itself!
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