How to install a rear view camera?

The AUTOMILA store offers car owners not only a large assortment of rear-view cameras and various options for monitors for them, but also the services of a specialized installation center for installing a rear-view camera in your car. In addition, we do not mind if our customers install the purchased accessories themselves. In order for your installation to be successful, and the rear view camera in combination with the monitor will delight you for a long time, we bring to your attention the instructions for installing the camera in the car. In this article, we will only consider the electrical connection diagram. The choice of the optimal place for installing the camera and monitor is left to your discretion.

Instructions for installing a rear view camera in a car

Any work with the car’s electrics should be carried out with the positive battery terminal removed. If you do NOT have the necessary skills to install a rear view camera, then it is better to entrust the installation to professionals in the installation center.

Connect the camera

Any rear view camera, whether it is a stock camera. Specially designed for a particular car model, or universal (for example, a camera in a license plate frame) has basically the same connection diagram. Thus, any chamber has:

Typically, the reversing camera is powered by the reversing light, which ensures that the camera is only activated when reversing. The fact is that parking cameras are NOT designed to operate continuously, unlike CCTV cameras, where the camera can be powered continuously. Manufacturers of car cameras guarantee the trouble-free operation of rear-view cameras during the entire warranty period only if they are used for a short time (no more than 1 hour without a break), for parking.

Power supply is important

Fuse. Our best friend

Install a fuse when connecting any new equipment to your vehicle’s electrical system. The fuse rating is selected based on the power consumption of the connected device. In the electrical circuit, the fuse should be located as close as possible to the point of connection to the vehicle electrical system. Remember, repairing a burnt-out car wiring can cost tens of thousands of rubles!

Camera power cable black. Minus. We cling to the car body. For example, for any bolt, without first forgetting to clean the surface to ensure a reliable mass. Do not put a fuse on the negative power wire.

So, the camera is in demand. We proceed to connect the video cable from the camera to the monitor on which the picture from the camera will be displayed.

The most difficult. Route the cable in the cabin

Most of the commercially available rear view cameras (99%) have a video output with a tulip (female) connector, usually yellow (seen in the photo). This is a typical connector, which is also used in all televisions, VCR and other audio and video equipment. A video extension cable (about 5 meters long) with tulip-dad connectors is always included with the rear view camera.

Typically, the extension cord is long enough to fit a rear view camera in almost any Average Car.

If for some reason (often when installed in buses, jeeps or trucks) the length of the video cable is not enough for laying in the interior of the car, you can proceed as follows:

In the first case, it is enough to connect two cables using a “barrel”, thereby increasing the required length. In the second case, it will be necessary to solder or crimp the connectors, which will require some labor and time, but it is always easier to lay a cable without connectors at the ends. In addition, the required cable length can be precisely adjusted by cutting it in place and a soldered connector.

Connect to monitor

So, having laid the cable through the cabin, Connecting it to the video output of the rear view camera (yellow connector in the photo) Connect the cable to the video input of the monitor (also yellow).

The monitor can have multiple video inputs. The radio tape recorder, in most cases, has a special video input for the rear view camera (also, as a rule, there is a function to automatically turn on the picture from the camera). If you connect the camera to a radio. See detailed information in the manual or on the back of the device where the connectors are located.

In our case, the rear view camera is connected to the simplest monitor with two video inputs (in the photo. Yellow and white connectors), designed for installation on a torpedo. Adhering to the color matching, connect the video cable from the rear view camera to the yellow video input.

Power to monitor

Installation is almost complete. Next, we power the monitor. Do not forget about installing a fuse on the positive wire (red) of the monitor power supply. Black wire. On the body, for any bolt, providing a reliable mass by local cleaning of the paintwork under the bolt head.

The most important thing to install

We are NOT in a hurry to admire the result of the work done and Do not rush to check the correctness of the connection of the entire circuit, excluding the possibility of a short circuit or poor contact. For reliability, so that over time the video cable does NOT disconnect from vibration at the connections with the camera and monitor, the connectors can be overlapped with electrical tape.

Why nothing works?

Forgot to connect the terminal removed at the very beginning. Connect the positive terminal of the battery under the hood. Installation completed. Rear view camera installed successfully.

Rear view camera washer

How to properly install a rear view camera washer. Let’s start by figuring out whether it is needed at all. Although, if you have a rear view camera, then this question does not arise. Of course you need.

Firstly, because slush and dirt on the roads lasts almost 12 months a year, and, accordingly, a camera splattered with dirt does not provide much assistance when parking.

And, secondly, no one will want to get out of the car, especially in rain or snow, in order to wipe the camera and park. And, they wipe it with a rag, and often just by hand, you, not only get dirty, but also apply micro-scratches to the camera itself.

Installing a washer is actually a very budget and NOT time consuming option to keep the camera clean. over, it does not take much time to install. Depending on the car brand, installation time varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

The main difficulty lies in choosing the location of the washer nozzle itself. And here the main thing is to comply with some requirements.

  • The nozzle does not have to be visible to the camera. Otherwise, it will simply obscure the view.
  • It should not be positioned far enough from the camera. So as not to lose the pressure of the washer fluid.
  • And the installation location must be chosen so that the hose with the washer fluid can be brought to the nozzle, and not breaking it. Otherwise, the liquid will simply not reach its destination.

Some examples

Standard option. Convenient in that there is a platform next to the camera where you can put the nozzle:

Here, the nozzle protrudes a little more, thus giving more room for maneuvering:

They even put it in the license plate light. But here you need to calculate and seal everything well:

And even instead of the number mounting bolt. But here 2 factors are important: the pressure of the washer fluid is sufficient to wash off the dirt from the chamber and the place for the hose connection:


So, let’s go directly to the installation. For this we need:

  • Nozzle,
  • Hose,
  • Non-return valve (so that the injector does NOT leak),
  • Hose tee,
  • Screeds,
  • Drill 7.5mm (depending on the nozzle seat, it is better to measure),
  • The solenoid valve (it is possible without it) depends on the mode in which you want the washer to work; with it will splash on the camera only when reverse gear is on, without it every time the rear window is washed,
  • Wires (if installation comes with a solenoid valve).

It looks like this:

The choice of check valves is quite large, as well as nozzles, but the meaning of their work is about the same. Choose the one that suits you in size and price.

I also want to note that the Electrovalve has such a bad property as it is stuck if the washer is not used often.

So, if we install a camera washer without an electrovalve, then it will water the camera every time the rear window is washed. But its installation is much easier. All we need is to find the hose that goes to the rear window washer nozzle, cut it, insert the tee and from there pull the hose directly to the installation site of the camera washer.

Having found a place and having drilled a hole for the camera washer, we take the nozzle and put a hose on it. The length of the hose should be approximately 50 cm. This is needed in order to insert the hose into the hole we drilled. We insert. Now we have 2 hoses: one from the connection to the hose that goes to the glass washer nozzle, the other from our camera washer nozzle. We lay them so that they DO NOT bend anywhere and DO NOT hang out. And we connect with a check valve. The check valve (not all) has an arrow for the direction of fluid movement. do not confuse. All connections can be passed and pulled with clamps (ties). Not necessary. But for your own peace of mind, that the hose will NOT fly off and NOT spray your car from the inside, it is better to do.

We install all the parts that were removed in place and proceed to setting up the washer.

To do this, you need one more person, who will spray from the washer onto the camera and look into it. Each nozzle has a nozzle (maybe several, depending on which one you bought) and it moves. Insert the needles there and direct it to the camera.

And if you decide to install a washer with an electrovalve, then we need some more actions. Namely, connecting the valve itself to the car’s wiring and cutting into the camera washer system. This valve looks something like this:

On the one hand, it has terminals for supplying power to it, on the other, an inlet and outlet for washer fluid. Where is the entrance to the VSA, and where is the output of the difference comments.

In order for the valve to work, namely to open, at the moment when you turned on the reverse speed, we need to apply a plus to one of its terminals, and a minus to the other, respectively. Where can we get them?

The minus is best taken from the mass of the car. That is, from her body. Find some bolt and connect to it through the ring terminal.

Plus we will take from the rear headlight unit. We need a wire on which a plus appears when reverse gear is engaged. If you do not know what kind of wire it is, then the so-called “dial” or a multimeter will help us.

The dialing is needed in order to see what potential (positive or negative) appears on the wire under certain conditions. Simply put, plus or minus.

Plus. the red light will light up, minus. green. When connecting the “crab” to the minus (mass) of the car.

We take the dial, find a bundle of wires going to the rear headlight, connect the crab to the car’s ground and poke it in turn into all the wires until you find the one that burns red when the reverse speed is turned on.

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We found a wire, carefully peel off the insulation from it, and wind up. That is, we wind our wire on it. We wrap all this connection with electrical tape.

We drag the wires to the place where the Electrovalve will be installed.

We connect to it. As I already wrote, it doesn’t matter which wire and where. We put the hoses on the valve, as well as on the non-return valve.Fixing everything so that it does not dangle and does NOT rattle and proceed to setting the washer as described above.

The solenoid valve can be fitted together with a non-return valve. And a check valve must be located between the nozzle and the solenoid valve. Configure, check.