How to Hook Up an MP3 Player to a Car Stereo Deck

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    Connecting Your MP3 Player to Your Car Stereo--FM Transmitter

    • 1). Turn off your MP3 player.

    • 2). Locate the battery door on the bottom of your FM transmitter. Open the door and install the necessary batteries. Do not turn on the FM transmitter yet.

    • 3). Plug the 1/8-inch stereo cable attached to the FM transmitter into the headphone jack on the side, front or back of your MP3 player. If the FM transmitter doesn't have a stereo cable attached to it, plug one end of a 1/8-inch stereo cable into the "Input" jack on the side of the FM transmitter and plug the other end into your MP3 player's headphone jack.

    • 4). Turn on both your MP3 player and FM transmitter. Turn on your car's stereo. Set the FM transmitter's tuning control to a station not used in your area. Tune your car's stereo to the station you set on your FM transmitter.

    • 5). Press "Play" on your MP3 player. Use the FM transmitter's fine tuning control to adjust the station's reception. You will hear the song playing on your MP3 player through your car's speakers. If you don't hear the song, adjust the FM transmitter's fine tuning control or adjust your car's stereo station control.

    Connecting Your MP3 Player to Your Car Stereo--Cassette Adapter

    • 1). Turn off your MP3 player.

    • 2). Insert the cassette adapter into your car stereo's cassette player. The cassette adapter goes into your car's stereo just like a regular cassette tape.

    • 3). Plug the 1/8-inch stereo cable attached to the cassette adapter into the headphone jack on the side, front or back of your MP3 player.

    • 4). Turn on your car's stereo.

    • 5). Press "Play" on your MP3 player. You will hear the song playing on your MP3 player through your car's speakers. If you don't hear the song, press the "Cassette," "Tape" or similar button on your car's stereo to put the stereo into cassette mode.

    Connecting Your MP3 Player to Your Car Stereo--Auxiliary Input Jacks

    • 1). Turn off your MP3 player.

    • 2). Plug one end of a 1/8-inch stereo cable into the headphone jack on the side, front or back of your MP3 player.

    • 3). Plug the other end of the 1/8-inch stereo cable into the "Auxiliary Input" jack on the front of your car's stereo.

    • 4). Press the "AUX" or similar button on your car's stereo to activate the auxiliary input jack on your car's stereo.

    • 5). Press "Play" on your MP3 player. You will hear the song playing on your MP3 player through your car's speakers.

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