There is now a temporary fix to the Fiat Chrysler UConnect issue.
It’s a weird band-aid solution, but it works.
In case you’re the owner of a fully functional vehicle from basically every other car manufacturer other than Fiat Chrysler, here's a brief recap. Fiat pushed out an update to their UConnect system last Friday. The update, for whatever reason, had a bug in it which causes the whole system to reboot every 30 to 40 seconds.
That’s hilariously annoying for a number of reasons, not the least of which because the radio will constantly cut out for a bit while the system reboots making you listen to 30-second snippets of whatever song is playing.
UConnect controls the entire center console infotainment system, which includes the rear-view camera, navigation, radio, phone connect stuff like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and even some climate controls on certain models. You’ll also lose power to any USB connections while the system reboots (so no recharging your almost dead cell phone).
That’s all bad, obviously, and people have been mighty pissed at Fiat Chrysler for still not having a solution to the problem five days later. That kind of delay means that some smarter individuals are willing to put in the time to futz with the system to see if something random will fix it.
And indeed, something random will. By way of Hooniverse, one man’s tweet has a temporary solution to the UConnect issue:
Put a location in the nav and mute the nav. The radio will no longer reboot. Band aid, but it works. https://t.co/6EiUSBLEUD— MailManSJ (@MailManSJ) February 12, 2018
“Put a location in the nav and mute the nav. The radio will no longer reboot. Band-aid, but it works.”
As Mr. MailManSJ says, this is a band-aid solution at best. While you won’t actually hear the navigation lady speak since the system is muted, you will still lose your radio whenever the navigation is sending you new directions. Also, the center gauge cluster will display your navigation settings rather than anything else. But it’s better than the entire center dash rebooting every 30 seconds.
Whoever you are, MailManSJ, we salute you.