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Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Getawayhs2 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:41 pm

Anyone know how to get to the APIM module for this please - 2018 facelift Custom? I've bought an APIM with the navigation and need to swap them over
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Marky M » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:23 pm

Behind the touchscreen there are 3 srews you must remove. Then everything can be pulled away.

See also my topic :D
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Getawayhs2 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:52 pm

Thanks, found them - and good thread on your mods :)
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Marky M » Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:14 pm

Getawayhs2 wrote:Thanks, found them - and good thread on your mods :)


You're welcome and Thanks
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Pittster46 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:09 pm

Hi, love the van, i too have a new custom sport. When fitting the rear speakers did you use the wires on the loom that are already in place? If so do u have any pictures. Thanks.
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Getawayhs2 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:03 pm

So it turns out the APIM is not behind the screen like other Fords, it is in the dash, to the left behind the airbag. Looks like the only way to get to it is by removing the airbag,or taking the top of the dash off, however you do that :?
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby q-man » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:29 pm

It is behind glovebox. 1min job to see apim box. Bend glovebox stoppers, and box drops. Then apim is above attached with two 10mm bolts.
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Getawayhs2 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:12 pm

q-man wrote:It is behind glovebox. 1min job to see apim box. Bend glovebox stoppers, and box drops. Then apim is above attached with two 10mm bolts.

Thanks - after removing a lot more trim than I needed I got it out
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Getawayhs2 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:16 pm

So, after much trail and error I have managed to replace my APIM (with one I got off ebay for a couple of hundred quid) and now have the factory navigation up and running with F7 maps :D
So for anyone else in future looking for how to do this, here you go:
- Drop the glovebox by pushing in on the retainers with a flat screwdriver, I found it easier to release the right-hand side first
- Above the glovebox behind the airbag, the APIM is located on a metal shelf, the shelf is held up by two 10mm nuts
- Reach up into the void and undo the two nuts, you can then drop down the whole thing and unscrew the APIM from the its mount (if you have enough slack on the cables)

If you need more slack on the cables, you have to remove the screen and dash section
- Using a plastic pry tool, remove the cover behind the screen and undo the three hex screws
- Lift screen away and disconnect the cables
- Remove the two hex screws holding the piano black dash
- The dash and then be gently pried off by pulling the right side and using a pry tool at the edge, working round with left side coming away last (I did this twice and seems the best way)
- You can now disconnect/unclip the cables to the APIM to gain some slack
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Mike » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:23 pm

Do you think the factory sat nav is better than using Carplay with Waze or similar?
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby mic71 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:37 pm

Mike wrote:Do you think the factory sat nav is better than using Carplay with Waze or similar?



i would like to know this to?

i find google maps is near on perfect but i dont always want to be in android auto all the time.
also after fitting the nav apim do you now have navigation info section come up on the screen centre of dials?
I can make the doorbell ring any time I want, all I have to do is go to the toilet.
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Tendring » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:45 pm

I use apple play and Waze it’s brilliant in my new shape custom
I have a ranger on 17 plate with sync 3 and satnav it’s rubbish compared to Waze when in the ranger I use my phone mounted to a bracket and use Waze
Hope this helps
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Mike » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:17 pm

Thanks fellas.
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby DeRo » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:17 pm

Got factory nav in mine but if you're ok to have your phone plugged in to use carplay/android auto then the nav apps available make the factory nav look basic by comparison IMO.

However I didn't want to be reliant on my phone for nav - but it is a high price to pay if you're adding factory nav as an option from new...
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Re: Sync 3 Touchscreen / APIM Removal

Postby Mike » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:15 am

DeRo wrote:if you're ok to have your phone plugged in to use carplay

I thought Carplay was wireless? :?
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