Backup Camera Repair

By Greyson Ferguson

Many new cars come with the option of a backup camera.
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Many vehicles are now made with a built-in backup camera. This allows you to back up your vehicle without looking behind you, which is especially helpful for those with larger vehicles. On occasion, the backup camera is going to malfunction. Issues range from the video feed not loading on your reviewer mirror or the LCD display in the dash (the vehicle has one or the other to display the backup camera) just displaying a black or brown screen. Whatever the problem, you can fix the issue yourself.

Clean off the backup camera with a clean, soft cloth. Over time, the camera is going to be blocked with dirt and other debris, preventing you from seeing anything but a brown or black image on your screen.

Power on the vehicle. When you go into reverse, the backup camera feed should automatically load onto the screen. If the screen is not loading at all, there is a problem with the monitor. If you just see a black image, the problem lies with actual camera. This helps reduces the areas you need to troubleshoot.

Check your owner's manual for the fuse box location. If either problem is occurring, it means the camera or monitor fuse is blown. Typically the fuse box location is under the steering wheel. Look up the exact fuse used to power your equipment.

Remove the fuse and insert a replacement. You can purchase these from any automotive store. Once the fuse is in place and you power on the vehicle, the backup camera should work properly.