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Hello all, it's been a very long time since I've been active here. Long story short, I went shopping to replace my truck, didn't like anything, decided to invest in some creature comforts for my current truck.

I purchased a steering wheel from a Pathfinder. It is new/OEM, leather wrapped, heated, with illuminated audio and cruise buttons. I have the basic cruise-only steering wheel.

I have no problem physically putting in the steering wheel, or wiring up the PAC module to control my new Pioneer 4200NEX, but I'm confused on the cruise/illumination/heated wiring. I've read in a bunch of different threads with a bunch of different topics, but may have just confused myself without finding a comprehensive answer.

1. Is the cruise on the wheel plug and play?
2. If not, do I need the clock spring and/or spiral cable from a Pathfinder?
3. I know I need a heated wheel switch, no big deal, but do I need a special connector to hook that up to the steering wheel (or is that part of #2 above, if I need to acquire it?)

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Hello all, it's been a very long time since I've been active here. Long story short, I went shopping to replace my truck, didn't like anything, decided to invest in some creature comforts for my current truck.

I purchased a steering wheel from a Pathfinder. It is new/OEM, leather wrapped, heated, with illuminated audio and cruise buttons. I have the basic cruise-only steering wheel.

I have no problem physically putting in the steering wheel, or wiring up the PAC module to control my new Pioneer 4200NEX, but I'm confused on the cruise/illumination/heated wiring. I've read in a bunch of different threads with a bunch of different topics, but may have just confused myself without finding a comprehensive answer.

1. Is the cruise on the wheel plug and play?
2. If not, do I need the clock spring and/or spiral cable from a Pathfinder?
3. I know I need a heated wheel switch, no big deal, but do I need a special connector to hook that up to the steering wheel (or is that part of #2 above, if I need to acquire it?)

Thanks all!
#1) It may be. I would tell you to check out the wiring guide at SinisterFrontier06's post.

#2) YES!!! It provides the power wires through the spiral cable for the heating elements. If you want both the cruise controls, radio controls AND heating element power, then yes, you definitely need the clock spring/spiral cable!

#3) No, the connector for the heating element is (as far as I can tell) a part of the main wiring harness on the Pathfinder. It doesn't exist for the Frontier and you will need to manufacture a connection for it.
 

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Well, I figured I'd get started now, and worry about the heated wheel later. I easily swapped out the wheel. My original wheel was a plastic, cruise-only version. The harness plug had 3 wires (2 for cruise, plus one horn).

The new wheel is the leather, illuminated, heated, with cruise and audio and has the entire wiring harness full. I got it physically installed easily enough, plugged in the harness, put the airbag back, and reconnected the battery. The left side (audio) lights up with the interior lights. The right side (cruise) does not illuminate. The cruise buttons work, just don't light up. So, now I'm about to go unhook it all again and see what might be wrong? It was a new wheel, in OEM box, so I doubt there would be a defect.

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Well, that was stupid. Word of caution, be careful when you plop the airbag back in that there are no wires in the way of the clips (see photo as to why - notice the broken wire). I repaired the wire and everything illuminates as it should. The steering wheel seems like it's off "one tooth" though, so I'll be taking it apart yet again.
 

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I swapped my steering wheel with a leather one. It was also off center in either direction. Next time you get an alignment the tech will center the wheel.
 

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Yeah, I have the same issue. The marked line on the wheel doesn't seem to align perfectly with the line on the spindle. It's either just left or just right. When I put it just left, it aligns like my old wheel did, which seems to be just barely left of center. If I put it one notch to the right, it was was off to the right. So, at least now it's just like my old wheel was, and very close to center.
 
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