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CoStar Technologies BlueSTAR installation for 2008 Pontiac G6

The BlueSTAR arrived in a nice little box with


something you don’t see too often today –
Made in USA. ☺

Box contents includes the Motorola BT adapter,


wire, wire-spade, wire-tap, zip-ties, the
BlueSTAR board and a protective backing.

The bottom of the BlueSTAR module is set


designed to be inserted into the Motorola
module.

Just align the pins and press together. It didn’t


snap, so don’t press too hard.
Once you have the BlueSTAR board connected
to the Motorola module, align the protective
backing and use the two zip-ties to make sure
that they don’t come apart.

The Motorola module has mounting holes on


the bottom that align perfectly with the
BlueSTAR board.

After trimming the zip-ties, you can see a nice,


neat completed BlueSTAR module.

The G6 OnStar module is located in the


passenger compartment, behind the glove box
on the right-side.
Just below the glove box on the passenger side
is the kick-panel. You will need to gently pry
this panel, secured by clips, from the bottom of
the glove box assembly to expose the OnStar
module.

This is a picture of the OnStar module behind


the glove box. It is not necessary to remove the
glove-box, but it did help in identifying the
location of the OnStar module, and for the
purposes of illustration.

For the BlueSTAR you’ll need to permanently


remove the two white plugs from the OnStar
module.

IMPORTANT: for installation, you’ll need to


temporarily remove the only black plug from
the OnStar module, so we can splice into the
GM-LAN wire.

In order to install the GM-LAN wire into the J1


connector, you need to temporarily and
partially lift up the wire retaining bar in order to
slide in the new pin. Use a small screwdriver.

Only lift the retaining bar up enough to put in


the new pin, and be careful not to pull out any
of the other pins.
Insert the green wire and pin into the #1
position on J1.

The small tabs on the crimped pin should be


facing downward, towards the release tab on
the J1 connector.

Push the pin all the way in and depress the


retaining bar on the J1 connector to re-lock the
pins.

Remove the J4 connector from the OnStar


module. It’s the only black-colored connector in
the module.

Slide up the black electrical tape so that it


allows you to separate the wires on the J4
connector.

Identify the GMLAN-LS wires in position 1 and 7.

They are both colored green.


Use the supplied wire-tap and attach it to either
of the green wires, in position 1 or 7.

Use a pair of pliers to squeeze the wire tap


around the wire.

You can also use a multi-meter / continuity


tester to make sure that the wire-tap makes a
connection with the GMLAN-LS wire.

Trim and strip the insulation on the opposite


end of the J1 connector that you installed the
pin onto.

I like to strip off double the length of wire, then


loop it back before inserting it into the spade
crimp.

Crimp the spade and insert it into the wire-tap.

Plug the black J4 connector back into the G6


OnStar module. It’s necessary to keep the
GMLAN connecting working in the car.

Plug the J1 and J2 white connectors into the


BlueSTAR module.

Place the BlueSTAR module below the OnStar


module in the kick-panel.
I used a zip-tie to secure the BlueSTAR module
to the car to prevent it from moving.

It’s time to pair up your Bluetooth phone with


the BlueSTAR.

Hold down the blue OnStar button on your


mirror for at least 3 seconds to put it into
pairing mode.

Search for the Motorola HF850 using your


mobile phone.

Once the HF850 is found on your phone, use


‘0000’ as the passcode to complete pairing.
Success!!!

BlueSTAR will display a blinking green light on


your mirror when searching for your phone, and
display a solid green light once it is paired and
connected to your phone.

Make a test call by dialing from your phone, or


if your phone supports voice dialing, press the
Phone icon to activate your phone’s voice
prompts.

When using the BlueSTAR it will act just like you


are using OnStar – for example, it will mute
your radio and display “PHONE.”