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Upgrading the (Grainy) Stock 2018 GM Backup Camera Is Easy

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It’s a well known fact that many 2018 GM vehicles shipped with a stock camera that has poor visibility and picture quality. Don’t worry though, this problem is a known one in the imaging community, and at Camera Source, we’re introducing a new replacement camera module for all GM trucks that offers a high quality alternative to the subpar factory camera. If you’re here to start adding a backup camera to a Silverado, we’ve got you covered. You can check out our beginners guide to backup camera installation to learn how easy it can be. We have a variety of GM replacement backup cameras that can significantly upgrade your system with a clean OEM feel.

What follows is a quick overview on the benefits of upgrading and replacing your old camera.

Now this is a well known issue, just check out the factory 2016-2018 Image Quality!

Complaints about fuzziness, lack of clarity, and terrible performance in low light settings are common. When compared to the Camera Source Replacement quality, you can quickly see that our integrated module offers significantly more clarity.

Good Backup Camera Matter

It’s so much more than avoiding simple dings and scratches! A quality backup camera will not only preserve the longevity of your car and lower the chances of an accident, but it will keep your family safe!

Bezel or no bezel?

Before you can purchase a new camera, you have to double check and see how the factory-issue bezel is doing. For the uninitiated, a bezel is the piece of plastic that surrounds the handle of your tailgate and provides some protection for the camera. If your bezel is looking worn out or has seen some use, our kit has the optional addition of a new bezel.

If you just need a new camera and a mount, we have that available too. We strive to make new installations as stress-free as possible.

Swapping out

Normally, backup camera installation can be involved and require a little bit of technical know-how to make it work, but in this case, all you’ll need is the appropriate tool to attach and detach your camera from the rear of your truck. Our GM backup camera wiring harness is easy to use and install. Once you’ve swapped out the mount and attached the new camera, you’re ready for the next step.

Which is easy! Our replacement kit is designed to be plug-and-play, so all you’ll need to do is swap out the included 8-pin connector and you’ll be ready to test the camera. Check out the diagram below for a rough explanation of how the installation works with the factory nav system. We also have a variety of options that can work with any installation format.

Testing it out

Once you’ve upgraded the camera, you’ll be ready to go with testing. All you’ll need to do is start your truck, and shift into reverse. If the backup camera powers on, you’ve done it right. As an additional bit of info so you can see the high quality of our camera products, check out the difference between the factory camera and the one we custom developed for this kit.

Source: https://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/224521-back-up-camera-fuzzylines/

As you can see from the evidence, the 2019 silverado has backup camera problems. 2015 Silverado backup cameras have blurriness issues as well, and obviously it’s an issue going back to 2014 at least.

Tailgate

One last thing. Before you purchase the camera, make sure to check and see if the tailgate locks with a remote or not. We have two different camera options, and you want to make sure you get the right one for the features of your vehicle. We’ve got your 2015 GMC Sierra backup camera problems covered with this kit too, and there are options for that as well.

At Camera Source, our technologists pride themselves on creating fantastic optics and cameras for consumer vehicles, and the attention that we pay to our products shows. If you’re ready to for crystal clear video on your 2018 GM truck, browse the products we have available, or get in touch with us and we’ll answer any questions. Don’t settle for basic camera options or Chevy Colorado backup camera problems, we’ve got all your Chevy needs met too, you can get a Chevy Colorado backup camera upgrade straight from us.

Choosing the Right RV Backup Camera

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Whether you’re a new RV owner or a long-time enthusiast, you know that they can be tricky to drive. RVs are large vehicles, and large vehicles have large blind spots. With a high quality backup camera, you can solve this problem, and make the chance of an accident when you’re backing up that much lower. Now this is a topic we’ve touched on quite a few times. If you want to dig in more we recommend reading our article on the pros and cons of wireless RV camera systems as well as how to install an RV backup camera system.

Finding the Best Backup Camera For Your Needs

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If you’re in the market for a replacement backup camera, finding the right one can be a chore, especially considering all the various options available. At Camera Source, we make it easy to make your next backup camera purchase decision. In this guide we’ll walk you through finding the backup camera that will suit your needs perfectly.

5 Safety Tips for Effectively Using a Backup Camera

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If you own a car made in the past 10-15 years, odds are it has a backup camera installed. But, if you’re making the transition from an older model vehicle to a newer one, using a backup camera properly might be a foreign idea. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. This guide will give you the safety tips so you can use your backup camera effectively and safely. Let’s get started.

​How to Troubleshoot a Broken Ford F-350 Camera

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This guide will help you troubleshoot and potentially determine the issue, and if it requires deeper maintenance, we’ll help you figure out what to do as a next step. And if you’ve come to the wrong place, looking for an installation guide rather than a troubleshooting guide, check out our easy beginner’s guide to installing a backup camera.

Remember, like with any repair, troubleshooting is an iterative process. You don’t want to change a whole bunch of things at once, as that increases the likelihood of errors, as well as making it really difficult to diagnose what the actual problem was in the first place. You can use this post as a sort of checklist to determine what the issue is, which might be helpful as well if you end up seeing a mechanic. And if you’re interested in more F-350 resources, the Camera Source YouTube channel has multiple guides that walk you through the backup camera installation process for different mirror types.

Before you try and fix the camera, make sure the problem is actually with the hardware. Are you sure the camera isn’t just foggy? We have great guides available to help with a blurry backup camera or to help you adjust one if your license plate is in the way. Now, let’s start with some of the most common F-350 issues.

Trace the wires

If you’re looking for a quick fix, you can try unplugging the connector for the camera that is found in the rear view mirror. For more details on that, you can see this forum thread.

This requires quite a bit of work, so only take this step if you’re determined to follow-through! Pulling off the access door on your tailgate and tracing the wire to the connector on the camera will give you definitive proof of whether or not your camera’s wiring is at fault. If you don’t see any big problems, give the entire thing a thorough cleaning and reconnect everything, and see if that makes a difference.

Bad Shifter Alignment

There might be a conflict between the wiring on your shifter and the backup camera. Luckily, this is a really easy test to do, you just need a friend.


Have someone stand behind the F-350 and then put the truck in reverse. If the back up lights do not come on, it’s very likely that your truck is not getting instructions from the shifter (though it is possible that both of these pieces of wiring are experiencing problems).

If it’s a shifter alignment problem, this can require quite a bit of know-how to fix. If you’re planning on doing it yourself, the Ford Enthusiast forums are a great resource for starting to figure out what to do, and acquiring a maintenance manual for your make and model is a great idea too.

Blown fuses

Many times, if you’re having a wiring or lighting problem, the culprit is often a blown or bad fuse. Pop open the fuse box on your F-350. There might be one or two of them on your model, so determining how many is a good idea, but they are usually located on the right kick panel and/or under the hood of the F-350.

Installing a fuse is easy, just pull the old one out, make sure you replace it with one of the right type, and see if that solves your problem. If your problem goes away, you’re good to go. However, if fuses keep blowing or the problem persists, you might have a short-circuit, which might necessitate a visit to the shop.

Short Circuits

A short circuit is when electrical current is allowed to travel along an unintended path, which can create all sorts of problems for your vehicle’s electrical system.

It’s unlikely that a short circuit is causing your problems, but here is a helpful article on diagnosing short circuits and determining if that’s your problem.

Get a diagnostic tool

For the very serious DIY-er, a diagnostic tool is a powerful necessity for troubleshooting most modern Ford trucks. Usually, a mechanic will plug into your vehicle’s adapter to run diagnostic tests, and most repair shops will have a huge supply of these adapters for different vehicles. Unfortunately, the connectors and adapters required for these tools and the requisite software required to use them can be expensive for at-home repair.


FORScan is a useful piece of software, and the organization that makes it does a good job providing information that you’ll need to find the right adapter for the right vehicle. Check out this page for more information, and here’s the website for their software as well.

Bad camera

Backup cameras are often exposed to some pretty harsh conditions, which means that they’re usually durable. However, just like any other piece of equipment, failure can totally happen. This is another simple test that you need a friend for. Have them wiggle around or flick your backup camera while the camera should be engaged. If it comes back on, or gives a momentary flicker of some kind, it probably means you need a new camera.

You can also disconnect the camera and check and see if any moisture or condensation has gotten inside of it. If this is the case, the camera might be beyond repair, but you can always attempt the tried and true method of immersing it in a dessicant like rice to see if that helps solve the problem.

If your camera has given up the ghost, and it’s time for a replacement, you can turn to us. Camera Source has a massive inventory of backup cameras for your F-350, so acquiring and installing a new camera is easy. We also offer cameras that can give you a front view of your vehicle, as well as providing continuous video so you can keep yourself protected from liability in the event of an accident. Get in touch with us, or browse our products to learn more.



​Choosing the Best RV Backup Cameras

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Choosing the Best RV Backup Cameras

If you’re trying to outfit your RV with the best camera options available, you’ve come to the right place. At Camera Source, we work to provide both the best products as well as comprehensive installation and maintenance information.

How to Troubleshoot a Broken Ford F-250 Camera

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How to Troubleshoot a Broken Ford F-250 CameraThe Ford F-250 is a reliable, 10,000lb workhorse that helps you get whatever job you’re working on done. But, unfortunately, you can sometimes end up having backup camera problems. This guide will help you troubleshoot and potentially determine the issue, and if it requires deeper maintenance, we’ll help you figure out what to do as a next step. And if you’ve come to the wrong place, looking for an installation guide rather than a troubleshooting guide, check out our easy beginner’s guide to installing a backup camera.

​How to Troubleshoot a Broken Chevrolet Silverado Backup Camera

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How to Troubleshoot a Broken Chevrolet Silverado Backup Camera

The Chevrolet Silverado is one of the most popular heavy-duty vehicles in the United States. Introduced in 1998 as a follow-up to the long-running Chevrolet CK line, this truck gets the job done, and with a backup camera functioning properly, backing up to a trailer out of a tight space has never been easier.

How to Troubleshoot a Broken Ford F-150 Camera

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How to Troubleshoot a Broken Ford F-150 Camera

The Ford F-150 is the backbone of the American workforce, and is an incredibly reliable and trustworthy vehicle. Unfortunately, sometimes the Ford rear view camera can cause problems or malfunction or cease working properly.

If this has happened to you, you might be at a loss for what to do next? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with expert knowledge and backup camera troubleshooting that will help you replace your malfunctioning camera, and acquire a replacement if necessary as well. At the Camera Source YouTube channel we have multiple guides that walk you through the F-150 installation process for different mirror types.

Announcing our Front and Rear Dash Cam Kit

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Camera Source is your number one stop for the highest quality dashboard cameras, and the latest addition to our dash cam lineup has arrived, and we’re very excited to share it with you. It has often requested features that will ensure that you have excellent views of your vehicle, no matter where you might find yourself.