How to Connect a Rear View Camera

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How to Connect a Rear View Camera
Plug the power supply for the display monitor into the cigarette lighter plug on the vehicle's dashboard. (smoke sign image by petar Ishmeriev from

Aftermarket vehicle rear view cameras are wireless, so there isn't any connection to make between the monitor on the dash and the camera at the rear number plate. However, the camera needs power, as does the monitor. The vehicle's reversing lights provides a conveniently located power source for the camera that switches the camera on only when needed. The monitor display on the dashboard uses power from the cigarette lighter plug.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Car upholstery removal tool
  • Wire strippers
  • Drill and bit
  • Grommet
  • Electrical tape

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  1. 1

    Remove the plastic or carpet panel on the inside of the boot behind the number plate and below the boot lid. If your vehicle is an SUV (sport utility vehicle) or something similar, expose the innards inside the tailgate.

  2. 2

    Mount the camera. Remove the two number plate bolts and insert them through the camera bolt holes and back onto the car. Use the number plate light hole to push the wiring through to the boot.

  3. 3

    Run the red and white cable from the camera you have mounted on the number plate frame to a reversing light housing inside the vehicle. The number plate light can provide a convenient hole, or simply drill a new hole and weatherize it with a grommet.

  4. 4

    Trim and strip 1/4 inch of plastic sheathing off the end of the wire at the reversing light housing.

  5. 5

    Identify the vehicle wires that provide power to the reversing lights. Identify them by tracing the wiring back from the reversing light bulb connector. Strip 1/4- inch of plastic sheathing off the wire. This should be at a convenient, easy to reach location--the middle is fine. Wrap the camera wires around the reversing light wires, match red to red and black to black. Seal with electrical tape.

  6. 6

    Attach the display monitor to a convenient position on the dashboard. Use the included hook and loop tape. Plug the power supply from the display monitor into the cigarette lighter plug on the vehicle's dashboard.

  7. 7

    Test and then replace the plastic or carpet panel.

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