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installing backup camera. Where to ground? #4785693
06/13/18 08:50 AM
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I'm tapping the reverse light wire to get 12v power, but also notice their is another wire coming out of the light that is solid black. Can I tap into that wire and use it for a ground?

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Re: installing backup camera. Where to ground? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4785717
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I wouldn't

Use a known good/create your own ground

Don't add another variable to troubleshoot


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Re: installing backup camera. Where to ground? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4785766
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If you don't know where it goes then I wouldn't.


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Re: installing backup camera. Where to ground? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4785788
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Body. Scratch off some paint add sheetmetal screw and washer and finish with permatex red. Or alternatively under a screw honding something else down that's through the sheet metal. That's all.

The Body is at GND.

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Re: installing backup camera. Where to ground? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4785793
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Even better , the frame .


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Re: installing backup camera. Where to ground? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4785841
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I used an existing nut on my caravan hatch for the ground. If one doesn't exist add one that will stay dry.


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Re: installing backup camera. Where to ground? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4785865
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How about the bumper behind the license plate?


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Re: installing backup camera. Where to ground? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4785907
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
How about the bumper behind the license plate?


Might work but often bumpers are isolated from the vehicle ground due to safety provisions (foam, rubber bushings, etc). But there will be a good ground at your license plate lamp.

A good ground is essential in automotive systems. You can always run a wire from your camera to any convenient point that you know is part of the frame or chassis. Remember in a car current flows from negative (ground) to positive, so the ground is a critical part of any electrical connection.


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Re: installing backup camera. Where to ground? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4786034
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
I'm tapping the reverse light wire to get 12v power, but also notice their is another wire coming out of the light that is solid black. Can I tap into that wire and use it for a ground?


Tap that solid black cable to reverse light ground wire. So it only works when you back the car up.


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