They are almost standard fitment in new vehicles, but you can have one in your car no matter the age. It’s the reverse camera, and it’s so easy to install you’d be crazy to go without one.
Reverse camera packs come in a range of formats to suit your needs. This model is designed to clip over the rear view mirror; offering a four point three inch LCD screen when reversing, and reverting to a rear view mirror for driving.
In this case we wire in a NanoCam Plus mirror mounted reversing camera system.
You'll need the following tools:
- Wire stripper
- Soldering iron & solder
- Heat shrink or electrical tape
- Bodymould removal tools
- Screwdriver and screws
Begin the installation by clipping the mirror monitor over the rear view mirror, and running the cable up to the roof lining.
The monitor needs a 12 volt ignition feed which can be found near the mirror or in the dash, and located with the help of a test light or multimeter.
The yellow plug is for the video feed from the camera, and the white plug opens up the option for a second camera if desired.
If there is no power source available near the mirror, run the cable along the roof lining and down the A pillar with the video signal wire.
The 6 metre signal wire must run all the way to the back of the vehicle, so find an easy yet protected route underneath the carpet and kick panel trims - until you reach the boot, tailgate, or rear doors.
Now mount the camera as you desire; the recommended location is dead centre and above the number plate.
Feed the camera wire through to the interior of the vehicle either by drilling a new hole; or using the existing hole for the number plate light if possible. The two included screws and double sided tape will hold the camera in place.
The camera requires a twelve volt reverse feed in order to switch on the camera and monitor when reverse is selected.
This power source is easy to tap into, just locate the reverse lamp in your tail light assembly and use a test light or multimeter - to determine which wire is positive. Connect the red wire from the camera to this, and the black wire to a ground.
Once all of the plugs are connected and power connections are made; it’s time to test and align your camera. Ensure the park brake is engaged, and switch on the ignition.
Shift the gear into reverse, and if all is wired correctly; the image will appear in your mirror. Have a friend adjust the camera while you sit in the drivers seat; the vision should just pick up the bumper or tow ball in the lower portion of the screen.
Your new reverse camera setup will complement your parking skills and drastically increase the safety of your vehicle.
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