Backup cameras are a necessary safety feature that everyone should have access to. There hundreds of aftermarket options for backup cameras, that are made to fit any vehicle that is not already pre-equipped with one. However, it’s important to follow the proper steps to make sure your backup camera is working and installed properly. 

If you are looking to upgrade your vehicle with backup camera technology, here are the installation steps and tips to get the job done!

Required Tools (may vary depending on vehicle and camera equipment):

  • Screwdrivers
  • Panel Removal Tools
  • Connectors
  • Drill and Drill Bits
  • Multimeter
  • Crimpers
  • Electrical Tape

1. Choose and purchase your new backup camera

Browse our selection of backup cameras and decide which style is right for you. With a line-up of license plate mounts, bar mounts, surface mounts, and more, you can choose what fits your vehicle and desired placement at various price points. Most options are also universal and can work with most vehicles out of the box.

2. Plan and prep your vehicle

Before you begin to install your camera, you need to make sure you plan out how you are going to install it. Visualize the placement of the wires and remove the panels and trim pieces that will be used to hide the wire. If you plan to display the backup camera on your existing aftermarket car stereo, you will need to remove it from the dash so you can have access to the inputs on the back. You will also want to mark the location of the hole for the desired placement of your camera so you can run the wires through your trunk lid or rear bumper. Once all that prep work is done, you are ready for the next step.

3. Run the wires to the front

Now that your vehicle is prepped and ready, start by mounting your camera in the desired location. Now its time to drill where you previously marked to feed the wire inside. Now pull the wires through your trunk and feed them into the inside of your cabin. Then you will want to run the wires along the rear door seels and underneath the kick panels in the front of the vehicle.

4. Connect your wires

In order for your camera to work when your vehicle is in reverse, you will need to tap into the reverse wire.  This can be done in a number of ways. Many vehicles will have this reverse wire located in the front of the vehicle near the parking brake or near the dash. You will then want to connect the reverse wire to the reverse trigger wire that is part of the wiring on your backup camera. If you are doing this method, make sure to tie in the power and ground wires to the existing accessory wires that you should already be using to power your head unit. This way your camera will not be running all the time, only when your vehicle is on.

The other way this can be achieved is by tapping into your reverse light. That way when your reverse lights receive power, so will your backup camera. To do this you will need to connect the positive and negative wire to the corresponding reverse light wiring near the back of your vehicle. 

Tapping into your brake light diagram

Since you have already routed all your wires to the front of the vehicle up to your dash including your RCA cable, now its time to plug that in as well. Feed that RCA cable through the dash and plug it into the rearview input on the back of the stereo. Now put your stereo back in place, but before you put the trim back in place make sure to test the camera.

5. Test the camera

Now that all of your hard work has been completed, it is time to test your camera before finishing up the installation. Put your vehicle in reverse and ensure that the camera works properly and comes on as it should. Also, check if the camera positioned correctly and showing the right field of view.

6. Reassemble 

Button up and reassemble all of the wiring and panels. For a professional look, be sure no wires are visible and that all panels are placed back exactly how they were prior to removing them. Now you are finally ready to enjoy your new backup camera.

Start this process by picking up a backup camera of your own! You should also watch our in-depth video to get a more detailed look at how this whole process is completed. You should also check out some of our other awesome articles that give you a lot more useful information on backup cameras.

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