Backup cameras are a necessary safety feature that everyone should have access to. There are hundreds of aftermarket options for backup cameras 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.
Required Tools (may vary depending on vehicle and camera equipment):
- Panel Removal Tools
- Drill and Drill Bits
- 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 ahead
Before you begin to install your camera, plan where you would like to mount it. Sketch out or visualize the wire placement. If you plan to display the backup camera on your existing aftermarket car stereo, you will need to remove it from the dash so can access the inputs on the back. You will want to mark the location of the hole for your desired camera placement so you can run the wires through the trunk lid or rear bumper.
3. Run the wires
Drill where you previously marked to feed the wire. Pull the wires (power and any video/audio cords) through the hole and feed them into the inside of your cabin. Then you will want to run the wires along the rear door seals, then through underneath the front kick panels.
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. Many vehicles have the reverse wire located near the parking brake or the dash. Once it’s been located, connect the reverse wire to the reverse trigger wire from the backup camera. With this method, tie in the power and ground wires from the car to the existing accessory wires. This way your camera will not be running when your vehicle is on.
Alternatively, you can also tap into the reverse light. That way when your reverse lights receive power, so will your backup camera. To do this, connect the positive and negative wire to the corresponding reverse light wiring near the back of your vehicle.
Once the power has been connected, plug your RCA cable into the rearview input on the back of the stereo.
5. Test the camera
Always test your equipment before reassembling your exterior panels. Put your vehicle in reverse to check the camera functionality and it’s position.
Button up and reassemble all of the wiring and panels. Ensure no wires are visible and that all panels are placed back exactly how they were before removing them. This will make it look more professional. Now you are finally ready to enjoy your new backup camera.
Watch our video for more information on how to install a back-up camera.