Is there any way I can reverse engineer the wiring for this car CD player? Answered
I have a 2001 Nissan Maxima that I intend to customize just a little (well, a lot). Recently I was at a garage sale and bought a 6 disk CD changer for $1. I'm hoping this was a worthy investment since I want to install it in my glove compartment and wire it into a custom stereo system. That's all fine and dandy, but step one is to figure out how to reverse engineer the proprietary control systems. Eventually I want the air condititioning, stereo, and this 6 disk CD changer to be interfaced to a computer with a big ole touchscreen in the dash.
I'm going to need to do a few things:
1. Figure out the wiring for the 6 disk CD changer so that I can power it up, control it through the computer, and connect it's audio output to my car's speakers.
2. Figure out the wiring for the air conditioner so I can control it with the computer.
3. Get a touch screen that fits in the dash (I'll measure it later), that I can use with a computer with (relative) ease.
These are my goals for right now. If I can figure this out, I will be ready for the next phase, actually installing the new dash.
If anyone can recommend any sources to learn more about basic car work, that'd be helpful too. I'm used to computers. The lid comes off. Screws are all easily accessible. Parts don't weigh more than I do. I know where everything goes and what everything does inside. Since a car is so proprietary, and such a new field for me to be working in, ANY resources would be greatly appreciated. How do I figure out how to take things apart in my car?
FYI: The disk changer is marked with part number 39115-s3v-a011-m1
Update (18 August 2012): I added some pictures. The connector I am holding is the only connector that comes out of the box.