How To Install A Backup Camera On A Car


Is it possible to install a backup camera on your own? What are the steps of installing a backup camera on your car? What are the benefits of having a backup camera on your car?

The chances are that you may be asking yourself one of those questions. You need to know that many people don’t know how to install a backup camera on a car.

This tutorial helps me to show my experience and benefit you in covering the questions. Perhaps it will make your installation process easier if you take your time reading it.

This tutorial needs:

  • A car
  • Cables or wiring
  • A head unit
  • Monitor
  • Viewing screen

Installation of a backup camera differs with different camera types. Adding a screen to the dash’s top is a solution.

However, this tutorial works on mounting the backup camera on a license plate or the bottom of a bumper. The reason for this is to enable the driver to get a better view of the back so as to avoid frequent accidents.

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1. Installation Planning

Before you start installing a backup camera on your vehicle, you need to know the type of backup camera system you will install. Moreover, you can make a blueprint of how the process will work.

You will need to drill a hole somewhere in the bumper or license plate. More importantly, you will need to know how you will feed the wires throughout your car.

Make sure that when you install the camera, it should be readily visible to make your driving safe. You can watch this step here.

2. Place The Camera On The Car And Run The Cables

It is crucial to mount the camera before you try to run any wire. Drill a hole big enough on the license plate or bumper with the idea of mounting the camera close to the center.

Don’t forget to run your wires from the camera to the display and sensors at the front of the car. The easiest way is to route the cables along the kick panel and the channel along the door.

Once done, you can run the wiring through the rubber grommet at the channel’s end. You can watch this step here.

3. Connect The Camera’s Cables To The Head Unit

This step depends on whether your backup camera is wireless or wired. Sometimes, the particulars of the of the car’s construction may determine the exact method to use.

However, from the back of the bumper, you can connect the cables to the camera. It allows the power from the reverse light to provide power to the camera. Use a crimper to do the wiring as it is an indispensable tool.You can watch this step here.

4. Connect The Monitor To The Car

Regardless of whether your backup system is wireless or wired, you have to connect the rear-view monitor and the backup camera into the accessory outlet. It is because; the reverse light needs to power on when your car shifts into reverse.

After that, attach the monitor onto the dashboard or windshield. To make the act smooth, use a suction cup to enhance the attachment. For the power supply of the controls, just drop the cord and plug it into the cigarette lighter.

You may also push it to the front of the dashboard and run it while hiding it behind the car’s rim. You can watch this step here.

5. Wire The Monitor To The Viewing Screen

This step is essential for the wired systems. Connect the camera and the monitor’s cables to the display screen in front of the car. However, the method depends on the vehicle itself and the camera system.

You can begin by pushing the cable through the trunk into the car’s rear seat on the side of the driver. Once into the cab, run the wire under the kick panel through to the area of the front seat into the dash near the A-pillar. You can watch this step here.

6. Connect The Viewing Screen To The Car

Wiring the display screen to a source of power depends on the type of camera system you choose to install. However, one of the most common viewing screens uses a rear view mirror with a 640×480 pixel transmitter behind a mirror.

The mirror will mount in place of your old rear view mirror into the front of the headliner. Users connecting a wired system can attach the extension cable of the camera to the cable from the monitor in the back of the car.

For a wireless system, the cable of the viewing screen should run into the dash and integrate to an independent source of power, such as one keyed on the circuit.You can watch this step here.

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7. Test The Installed Camera

At this step, you only need to start the car to make sure the camera is working well. Make sure you do not power the camera throughout as you may not need the camera to be on all day. Sometimes, you may find the reverse input not seeing the real signal.

If you have a diagram to show how the wires feed in the various wiring circuits, you can just tap on the circuit to verify. By testing the camera, you will know the problems associated with your connection.You can watch this step here.

Did you enjoy the tutorial? Hope you understood every detail when you read through the tips.

To me, the tutorial is important as I want to share my experience with car owners for them to have a smooth drive every day. To you, the tutorial will enable you to carry out the installation process smoothly. At least, you will start from somewhere and avoid doing the wrong thing.

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