How To Install A Backup Camera On A Ford F150
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Ready to take your F150 truck to the next level of safety, convenience, and performance? It’s easy to install Ford F150 backup camera kit. You can follow along to these step by step instructions and before you know it, you’ll have a nice, new tailgate emblem backup camera on your Ford F-150.
How To Install A Backup Camera On A Ford F150
F-150 backup mirror kit CS-FTR-F35. This kit will only work with trucks with an existing 16-pin mirror connector. If you do not have a connector, it is best to use kit CS-FTRa-332
Preparing The Area
Remove the rear view mirror glass prior to starting the project. We recommend working with a professional. The glass breaks very easily and most auto glass companies can do this for free.
Use fishing line to remove the Ford emblem from the tailgate.
Locate the center hole with your finger. Use a razor knife to cut away tape from center hole as a square.
Locate the square holes to the left and right of the center hole. They are currently behind the tape. These are not the holes that the decal fits into. Cut the tape away from these holes in a square shape.
Use the kit’s two included body nut clips and push them into the left and right side square openings.
Installing The Wiring
Fish the kit’s included camera cable through the tailgate and out the opening in the bottom of the Ford F150.
Pull the cord all the way through and connect the emblem to the body nut clips.
Fasten the emblem to the tailgate using the kit’s included body bolts.
Open the tailgate up and lay flat. Fish the wire through the opening in the back of the bed. The opening is located between the bed of the truck and the tailgate.
Connecting The Camera
Carefully connect the camera to the chassis harness. It is keyed and only goes together one way. Push it in as tight as you can to ensure a good connection.
Cut off the alternate power supply sure and tuck it inside the harness. From here we are going to make all of the connections in the cab.
Important Note: Remember that the red wire at the rear of the harness is only to be used if you do not want to locate a power source inside the cab. Both red wires are live when power is applied.
Route the chassis harness along the frame and come up into the engine compartment next to the brake booster.
Push the harness through the main wiring grommet by putting a slit in the nipple at the top of the grommet.
Peel back the loom and feed the wire through the grommet. Be careful not to damage the RCA end.
Cut the excess loom to fit. The harness should pull nicely through the indented hole in grommet.
Remove the overhead trim panel with a hard tug or tool and disconnect the wires.
Remove the terminal lock from the connector and pull off the face of the connector.
Installing The Camera Wiring
Insert yellow and black video wires into connector: yellow to pin 8 and black to pin 16. Replace the terminal lock.
Important Note: If there is no wire in pin 2, you will also need to add the CAN bus terminal as shown in instructions in kit.
Carefully cut away and remove the wire sheathing so that the video wires can be paired with the main harness. The video wires will be covered using the black trim cover included in the backup camera kit.
Remove the a-pillar cover with a tug. If you have a handle, remove the two bolts before tugging.
Remove the dash-side panel and route the RCA and camera power/ground wires from the kit up along the a-pillar rail.
Connect the RCA to the mirror RCA input. This can be tucked along the headliner and the glass in the a-pillar.
Route the power and ground wires to the upper center console area.
Locate the reverse-activated power wire in the mirror pine: blue/white wire in pin 9.
Use the kit’s tap splice to connect the camera red wire to the reverse-activated power wire in the harness.
Connect the camera back to the black wire in grounded pin 4 of the factory connect. Splicing, soldering, and shrink wrapping your connections is recommended.
The Final Touches
Tuck the camera power/ground wires between the headline and glass.
Secure the wires against the a-pillar using strong tape. Make sure the airbag is clear. Reinstall the a-pillar cover.
Plug in the mirror and install on the wedge. If you want to test first (always a good idea), push it on only far enough so it is on temporarily.
Test the camera by starting the truck and placing it in reverse. You should see the mirror light up with a video image.
Push wires back in overhead and put trim panel back in the headliner. Putting the headliner in place may take a few tries and a few good pushes.
Snap the tailgate emblem on the housing.
Enjoy Your New F150 Backup Camera
Congratulations! You’ve just installed a brand new backup camera on your Ford F150. Now you can enjoy the added convenience and safety a backup camera provides when parking or reversing.
If you need further explanation of installation instructions, view your backup camera kit’s instruction manual, or check out the video below: