If the dash cam incorrect installation, it will block the driver’s sight and will affect the normal driving, increase the blind area, exist more potential risk. This dash cam install guide will help you Correct installation it.

Where to Mount a Dash Cam?

When mounting the dash cam, to make things easier, some people simply plug it in directly cigarette lighter. And installed on the right side of the windshield. This installation method is wrong, which could be distracting. So, you absolutely cannot do this when installing a dash cam.

A dash cam best to mounted behind the car rear-view mirror so it’s in the center of the car windscreen, to make sure that both driver and passenger views are not blocked by the dash camera. This ensures the dash cam captures the whole lane, but only if your car recorder with a large wide angle.

Usually, the dash cams come with a long power lead that you can tuck it around the edge of your windscreen before trailing it to the cigarette lighter. This avoids hanging down the power lead plug the cigarette lighter in directly. It not only affects the car interior beauty, but also obtrusive to your line of sight.

How Much to Install a Dash Cam?

If you want to get your Dash Cam professionally installed, it about costs $40, and there are no hidden costs. Once you’ve purchased your dash cam, all you need to is add a memory SD card which you’ll save your videos!

2 Types to Install a Dash Cam?

Commonly, a dash cam come with suction-cup or double-sided tape in the package, most of the time, choose the suction-cup mounts the dash camera, due to you can reposition them as often as you like, more flexible then double-sided tape.

Installing a Dash Cam with a Cigarette Lighter

First, you should figure out how to arrange cable and hide it possibly. According to your judgment, it directly determines whether the simple and beauty of it. Second, checking the location of the cable. there are two part of the interior material, including soft and hard. You only need lightly press the cable in my hands-on soft, but you should fit it in with the trim removal tool on hard.

Notice, I suggest the cable avoid the location of the Air curtain bounce off for the car equipped with side air curtain . this way can reduced influence when the air curtain works.

We recommend the cable begin with the USB of dash cam .in other words, we will set the cable on the roof. we directly set the cable into the space between the roof panel and the glass .using trim removal tool will make it more perfect and easy.

Look at the actual situation when the cable through the A-pillar. we should take care of our strength while we install it for the car equipped with A-pillar side curtain airbag, otherwise, the plaque is destroyed. Without A pillar side curtain airbag, we set it indirectly. we did show the method using the car without A pillar side curtain airbag.

After the above steps, I have some trouble the cable can’t through Glove box because some plaque is sealed. So, opening the door sealing strip, we may be able to set the cable in.

When the cable goes through the center of the right front door pedal that is high and hard plastic hardness, we need to use the trim removal tool to find out the gap.

Next, you have two choices to go on . the cable directly across the glove box, fix it and reach cigarette lighter.

I choose another easy way. the cable across the glove box, and then reaches the cigarette lighter. it also looks beautiful.

Due to hard and good sealing plaque and the narrow space, it has a bit of trouble to install the cable. I spent more time when the cable across the glove box because the cigarette lighter got stock in the glove box positioning rod.

I found that there is an exposed cable outside if you don’t modify when the cable comes in the glove box.

Finally,  you can confirm dash cam normal working after energizing the lamplighter. You successfully installed dash cam.

Hardwire a Dash Cam to Your Car’s Fusebox

In this type will involve accessing the fuse box, it usually located inside or beside the glove box, and swapping a connection with your hardwiring kit. The whole thing should take you about 20 minutes to complete.

1. Mount the dash camera behind the rear-view mirror, it’s the best place to the position, make the car camera with a good view of the road ahead.

mount the dash cam behind rear-view mirror

2. You need to tuck the power lead between the windscreen and roof lining, then down the side of the A-pillar. This will vary a lot depending on the make and model of your car, but often there is just enough space between the panel covering the A-pillar and the dashboard to house the cable.

down the side of the A-pillar

3. Find the fuse box. This is often located inside or beneath the glovebox, or behind a removable plastic panel, either in the left or right footwell.

locate the fuse box

And then you need to locate a fuse which is ‘hot in start’, as opposed to ‘always hot’ – or in other words, a fuse which is given power when you turn the ignition, but it’s not powered when the ignition is off. Attaching the dash camera to the latter will drain the car’s battery.

find constant fuse slot
find constant fuse slot
ground the circuit tester
ground the circuit tester

Use the circuit tester to see which fuse socket to attach the camera to, or consult the car’s handbook to locate the cigarette lighter fuse. Remove this with pillars, then fit it to the plug which comes with the dash cam’s hard-wire installation kit. This can then be fitted back into the fuse box, giving power to both the lighter and camera from the same socket.

to test the fuse slot
acc fuse slot test
acc fuse slot test
connect the ground
remove the fuse
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test “+”
test "-"
test “-“

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The next step is to ground the dash cam by securing the other end of the hardwiring kit to the metal chassis or body of the car. All you have to do here is look for a nut and bolt connected directly to a metal body panel (often located close to the fuse box), then undo this bolt, hook the ground lug over the nut, then screw the bolt back on.

Finally, turn the ignition and test that the camera powers up correctly, then shuts off when you turn the ignition off. If all is well, you can now use zip ties to tidy up any excess cable, tuck this among the other cables located nearby the fuse box, then reinstall any plastic panels you had to remove.

This may sound daunting to some readers, but as long as the car’s fuse box is easily located (and accessible without breaking anything), the entire process shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes or so.

How to Install Rear View Camera

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How to Install Dual Dash Cam?

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