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Volvo Owner Customizes Door Chime To Play Toto's Africa Every Time The Door Opens

It would take a lot to take me away from my car if the door played Toto's Africa instead of chiming whenever it was open, and I'd probably go through batteries like crazy because I'd softly rock to my car door chime every night.

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I love "Volvo enthusiast for life" Chris Ng for swapping out his Volvo 240's original door chime for an 8-bit version of Toto's Africa, but it must be hard to close the door on that sweet sound when he gets in or out of the car!

Chris told Jalopnik it was surprisingly easy to modify the sound module and change the door chime:

The door chime in the Volvo is controlled by a plug-in sound module under the dash, so all it took to install was a quick swap of the stock version for the modified one. The song goes on for a hilariously long time, too—just in case you want to soak it all in for a moment.

Ng told Jalopnik that it’s fairly easy to swap this little module out if you know how to solder things back together. He plans to start a Kickstarter for a small number of cheap, universal modules for people who want to do this themselves.

To make his Volvo play Toto, Ng says that he recorded the song straight to the new module. You can do so with any smartphone or computer. Then the reprogrammed module was rewired into the door ajar circuit for the car—easy peasy.

-Via Jalopnik


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No worries, Zeon. You could rock out all night on Toto if you want. An old iPod could play music for 10 hours on a single charge, and that's with the a battery about 500 mA-hour, while a car battery is more like 40 amp-hours. So long as you start the car every week or two to recharge, you're fine. Or you could do like my grandparents did - install another battery. After retirement they did cross-country travel on the cheap, spending the nights on the side of the road/rest areas. They rigged the car up with curtains for privacy and darkness, a bed for the back, and used the extra battery for the in-car fridge.
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