iPod Through Aux Port - Weak/No Audio
I have a 3 week-old RAV4 2007 basic model, and thought getting my iPod to work with it would just be a matter of plugging in a mini-stereo cable from headphone jack on my generation 5 ( video ) iPod into the Aux port. However, this is not working as well as I had hoped.
What happens is when the running lights and headlights are off, I can get audio intermittently from my iPod. I'll press the aux/cd button on the stock stereo, and it will switch to that audio source. Then I have to crank the volume up to 32 to hear the music from the iPod. However, it will sometimes switch to FM1 radio on its own. Then I have to press the AUX button to switch it back.
Now, if I turn on the running lights or headlights, the stereo will not switch to AUX no matter how many times I press the AUX/CD button.
I have tried different mini-stereo cables that I have tested with between my computer speakers and my iPod ( works fine ), and I have tried cranking the iPod's audio all of the way up, but neither of these have affected the behavior of my car stereo.
Is it not correct to use the headphone out port of my iPod? Do a need a data connector to stereo-out converter of some type? Or perhaps the signal is too weak or I need to get something to "impedance match" the iPod with the car stereo? I am really out of ideas, though I have a belkin iPod charger/amplifier on order, in the hope the problem is with the signal strenght.