The safety features offered by a reverse camera, also known as a backup camera and back view camera, are so enormous. This gives the driver a clear view of the back end of their vehicle, including hidden spots. A rearview camera can help prevent property damage, keep small children and pets out of harms way, and even makes it easier to park. However, most old model vehicles don’t have a reverse camera, which requires owners to purchase and run the installation on their own. This process is a relatively simple which involves the installation of three distinct system components. Below are steps on how to install this separate components.
HOW TO INSTALL EACH COMPONENT OF A REVERSE CAMERA
- While the configuration differs with the manufacturer and model of each vehicle, each of the three main components of a reverse camera system, that is; the camera, the transmitter, and the viewing screen — must be installed separately. Conventionally, it is best to install each component individually and find a power source for the end of the system.
- CAMERA INSTALLATION
The camera is technically, the most precise of the three main components that is installed by users. This is so since it requires drilling a hole into the vehicle bumper. The most common strategic place for the rearview camera is near the license plate, since it offers the drivers the most direct view of the blind or hidden area behind the vehicle. In some cases however, some systems allow users to place the camera directly to the license plate grip itself. In either case, a bracket holds the camera in a firm place.
After that, a signal wire issues out from the back of the camera, which must threaded into the car’s trunk before moving to the next step. The style in which the wire is fed into the trunk is dependent on the build of the car and the user’s preference. At times , it is possible to pass the wire behind the light of the license plate. Still yet, users must make an additional hole to access the trunk. In the second case, the use of a grommet to secure and protect the wire is recommended.
- POWER TRANSMITTER INSTALLATION
After feeding the wire running from the back of the rearview camera into the vehicle’s trunk, it must be connected to the transmitter, which is the sender of the video signal to the viewing screen inside. Most transmitters come as wireless, though there are wired units which require the running of cables through the car to the video screen inside.
In the wireless transmitter case, the transmitter must be powered and signaled by putting it into the backup light’s wiring. This is so because the backup light only comes up when the vehicle is engaged into reverse gear, thus making the rear view camera work as well. Once connected in, secure the transmitter inside the trunk for safely.
- VIEWING SCREEN INSTALLATION
When using a wireless signal, there would be no need to run additional cables through the car to the viewing screen. Instead, the screen must be installed and linked to a power source. In cases of a rearview mirror screen however, one of the most widely used options in the case of older model cars seem quite simple. Depending on the camera kit and the mirror presently being used in the car, camera can either be mounted the new mirror over the old one, or in the place of the old one after removing the old one.
SUPPLYING POWER TO THE SCREEN
After the new mirror is in, a power source must be supplied so that it can get the wireless signal from the transmitter in the vehicle trunk. There are however several ways to carry this out, but each depend on the cars build and users preference.
One most common way to carry this out is to pass the wire into the top headliner and pass it down the driver’s side A-pillar. It is easy to hide the wire behind the trim and pass it directly into the dash. When this is done, the wire can be connected into the cigarette lighter or any of the keyed-on circuits.
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