DIY Rear Camera Kit Installation

Guide for DIY Rear Camera Kit Installation

A rearview camera is a great feature of a lot of modern cars which eliminates the blind spot located directly behind the vehicle, decreases the chances of running over something low to the ground and makes it much easier to parallel park. However, most cars are older and do not come with a rearview camera, but it is not hard to install one yourself. Aftermarket camera kits are readily available and they can be mounted by following these instructions.

  • Take off the license plate. You can use a wrench to do this. Usually, rearview cameras are mounted to the rear license plate bracket.
  • Connect the camera to the transmitter. Once a place for the camera has been found, it needs to be connected to the transmitter which will be located somewhere in the trunk. The tricky part here is finding a way to pass the wire between the two. Depending on the car, there might be enough room for the wire to go through the hole of a license plate light but, if not, a small hole might need to be drilled in the trunk. A grommet should come with the kit which will protect the wire from the edges of the hole.
  • Power the transmitter. The transmitter will take power by splicing into the wiring for the backup light. This light is only activated when the car shifts into reverse. This also means that the camera will work when the car backs up so that the rearview image does not take up unnecessary space in the rearview mirror when it is not in use.
  • Install the new mirror. A rear camera kit also includes a rearview mirror with an integrated screen which picks up the signal from the transmitter. Some of these are connected through a wire to the transmitter which makes the installation much harder since the wire has to pass through the entire length of the car interior. Others, however, are wireless and much easier to set up.
  • Power the mirror. There are several ways to power the mirror, either simply fitting it in the cigarette lighter or finding a permanent position for it in the circuit. The trickiest part here will be to route the wire into the dash and concealing it at the same time. The difficulty of the task will vary from vehicle to vehicle, but it is usually recommended to remove the trim for the A-pillar on the driver's side and route the wire down the pillar. If everything is done correctly, the rearview screen on the mirror should appear when the car goes into reverse.