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Old 08-08-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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"Switch" buttons on back of steering wheel

I have a 2011 Wranger Unlimited. One of the things I find annoying is that on the back of the steering wheels are controls that can change volume, stations, sources, etc. However, I find it kind of interesting that the engineers decided that the volume up/volume down controls would be on the back right side of the wheel. It's interesting, because you only have to reach about 3-5 inches to the right to turn the volume knob on the radio.

I know it's not that big a deal, but I would find much more functionality if the volume controls on the back of the steering wheel were on the left side of the wheel.

Has anybody else experienced this? Is it even feasible to try and remove the steering panels and "reverse" these controls on each side?

I might be overly annoyed by this but I would like it if I could somewhat easily accomplish this switch.

Any thoughts?

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Old 08-08-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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I was actually thinking the same thing because i also thought it stupid that the volume side also has the source selection and i think it would be a better fit if the volume and the memory skip would be better together anyway.

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Old 08-08-2011, 02:24 PM   #3
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There is no reason that they couldn't be switched. If the switches are physically the same, just pull the steering wheel cover and swap sides. If they aren't physically the same, but are both just momentary on three way switches you can swap the wires on the switches. It may be a pain, but it's doable.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:20 PM   #4
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The purpose of these switches is to let u control things without taking your hands off the wheel! I have a 11 also and I like them once I got used toem. I only wish they were paddle shift buttons like my vette has, which are on the back of the wheel also and they are redundant left and right. The audio controls are on the front of the wheel. Some time while turning the jeep I hit the voice control buttons accidentally as they are so close to the edge of the wheel. But you get used to it after awhile. I think jeep calls these uconect or something, but I don't use Em and don't sync my phone or anything.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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I'm glad to know I'm not the only person that thinks the buttons should be reversed!
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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my issue is not so much about the reversing of the buttons (although i agree with your logic), but the placement of them in general...not sure about you guys, but when i start spinning the wheel to do 3 point turns my radio starts going nuts changing stations and volumes...but whatevah
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:21 PM   #7
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Amen and agree
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:30 PM   #8
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Should be easy enough to disconnect to whole thing. I have had those switches on Chrysler vehicles for years and I love it.
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:05 AM   #9
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Mine were disconnected by the dealer when they installed the Panasonic Strada CN-MW250D Navigation/TV/Audio system. My buttons have never worked for me, but the jeep Navi works great!!
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Old 08-20-2011, 07:46 AM   #10
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I have a 2011 Wranger Unlimited. One of the things I find annoying is that on the back of the steering wheels are controls that can change volume, stations, sources, etc. However, I find it kind of interesting that the engineers decided that the volume up/volume down controls would be on the back right side of the wheel. It's interesting, because you only have to reach about 3-5 inches to the right to turn the volume knob on the radio.

I know it's not that big a deal, but I would find much more functionality if the volume controls on the back of the steering wheel were on the left side of the wheel.

Has anybody else experienced this? Is it even feasible to try and remove the steering panels and "reverse" these controls on each side?

I might be overly annoyed by this but I would like it if I could somewhat easily accomplish this switch.

Any thoughts?
With it being on the right side, close to the volume control on the radio, that's what got me in the habit of remembering that side was for volume.

Personally, I don't see a need to switch them, especially for the sake of only being further away from the volume control on the dash. As long as you can use it for the intended purpose, keeping your hands on the wheel, I don't care which side it's on.

You can manually unlock your door and there is also a power unlock button a few inches away. This would be like moving your power unlock feature to the other side of the vehicle, only for the purpose of not having them beside each other...
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Old 08-20-2011, 07:55 AM   #11
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I have a 2011 Wranger Unlimited. One of the things I find annoying is that on the back of the steering wheels are controls that can change volume, stations, sources, etc. However, I find it kind of interesting that the engineers decided that the volume up/volume down controls would be on the back right side of the wheel. It's interesting, because you only have to reach about 3-5 inches to the right to turn the volume knob on the radio.

I know it's not that big a deal, but I would find much more functionality if the volume controls on the back of the steering wheel were on the left side of the wheel.

Has anybody else experienced this? Is it even feasible to try and remove the steering panels and "reverse" these controls on each side?

I might be overly annoyed by this but I would like it if I could somewhat easily accomplish this switch.

Any thoughts?
I don't get this either. Even if you move the switch, your hand is still the same 3 inches from the master volume control...it is about keeping your hand on the wheel.
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Old 08-20-2011, 04:59 PM   #12
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I've had 4 vehicles with volume on the steering wheel, and its always been on the right side. There must be some logic to it, and personally I like it.
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:06 PM   #13
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oh yeah, forgot all about them....kept using the knobs.

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Old 08-20-2011, 08:49 PM   #14
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My left hand is always on the wheel. My right hand is on the stick, and its a shorter hop to the radio knob. As such, I too wish they were switched... but then, if they were, I would probably prefer it switched back.

Im rarely ten and two in this ride... straight up midnight with the left. It's just more comfortable to me than my arm hovering at a weird distance.??
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:08 PM   #15
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On my 12' the wife wanted to drive it and didn't know where the controls were and hit the arrow button on front I think so the next day I went to hit volume controls and they were on the left. I have no clue what she may have hit but I hit the arrow and it shifted volume back to the right.
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Mine were working backwards the other day also. I was parked and the buttons were reversed and then I noticed that the steering wheel was upside down.DUH
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:20 PM   #17
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I recently purchased a new 2011 Jeep wrangler. Looking at these controls I can say these are identical to the steering wheel controls on a 2011 Dodge Charger (which also had a pretty significant makeover).

I drove the 2011 Charger (a rental) for 10 days and can say reaching for its volume knob was definitely a hassle. The volume rocker was super convenient; as you can image in the driver seat is more recumbant and therefore further from the dash than that of a Wrangler. However, I agree they should of put the volume on the left; especially for those who drive stick.

This is what you get when automakers neglect custom design and produce parts in mass. Then forcibly engenieer them into various vehicle types. Beats creative thinking, right? ... I still think it's an improvment over the old Wrangler steering wheel, which looked like a something off of a kid's boxcar racer.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:12 PM   #18
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I don't get this either. Even if you move the switch, your hand is still the same 3 inches from the master volume control...it is about keeping your hand on the wheel.
I want to switch them because I've got a manual, so I'm often shifting, and at times would like to lower the volume while shifting.
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On my 12' the wife wanted to drive it and didn't know where the controls were and hit the arrow button on front I think so the next day I went to hit volume controls and they were on the left. I have no clue what she may have hit but I hit the arrow and it shifted volume back to the right.
Which arrow? up or to the side?
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:39 PM   #20
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The switches can be switched

This drove me nuts on my '12. I am constantly changing the volume (good song, need to hear something on the jeep or a siren, or hear what my kid in the back is saying) meanwhile, my left hand is almost always on the wheel, but my right is either shifting or perhaps on my passenger's leg etc etc.

I took the steering wheel apart hoping that the switches are the same and that the harness would allow the switching of sides.

It turns out that the switches looked the same, but are not. I plugged the alternate ends of the harness in to the other switch and the right side still controlled the volume. WTF?

Anyway, modern wiring is pretty slick. You leave the connectors where they are and just move the right switch to the left side (upside down though) and vice-versa. They fit fine in this orientation and work they way they should have from the beginning. The wires will now exit the wrong side of the switch, but there is plenty of slack to accommodate this.

It is a bit tricky to get the wheel apart enough to do this. You do not need to unplug the airbag (best to leave the Key off though) and you do not need to remove the steering wheel.

Simple mod, but I use it constantly and glad I finally went in there.

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