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How to Hardwire a Car Dashboard Camera

Drinkwater's car dashboard camera installation

Car Dashboard Camera Hardwire

Installing a hardwired car dashboard camera can be done by any qualified mechanic. Or, as a do-it-yourself project if you have the time and a little mechanical ingenuity by tapping into your car’s power system using a dash cam installation kit. Caution is advised, as working with any electrical power system can be harmful to the vehicle and the owner.

Many will just want to keep it portable and plugged into the lighter if they intend to use the dash cam in two or more vehicles it will be easier just to change it out. A hardwired dash cam will be a lot more difficult to take out and put it in your other car. But, of course, you could just buy two and hard wire both.

Most guys and a lot of the gals in the Bangor, Maine area will try to do this themselves, and for many, it will be a breeze, but if you don’t have the time or knowledge take it to a professional and save yourself the hassle. In the Milford, Bradley, and Old Town area you can take it to Drinkwater’s, 2 Bradley Rd, Milford, ME 04461 or call 827-3004 and ask for Jeff Legere, that’s my nephew who’s a heckuva guy and a great mechanic. And, at Drinkwater’s they won’t charge you an arm and a leg. Or, you can use the contact form on their website to set up an appointment and don’t forget to bring them your installation kit.

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The Basics to Hardwire Your Car Dashboard Camera

This is not that difficult if you are mechanically inclined, but if you follow my instructions and muck this up, don’t blame me I’m a writer, not a mechanic.

The first step is to decide where to put your car dashboard camera. The best strategy for this is to sit in the driver’s seat to scope out the best position for your hardwired dash cam.

2. Once you have the location for your dash cam picked out, you need to locate your vehicle’s fuse box. Most fuse boxes are located under the dashboard on the driver’s side under the steering column or the passenger’s side in the glove compartment. When in doubt, consult the owner’s manual.

3. After the fuse box is located, you will need to route the power cable to it. Lay out the dash cam cable first so you can make sure you have enough slack where needed. This also helps you see which is the best route to the fuse box without leaving wires dangling.

4. With any hardwired dash cam, you need to locate the fuse wire that is “hot in start.” Vehicles, in general, have wires that are live all the time, or “hot.” Your hardwired dash cam will need to start when the car does, so having it fed into one of the live wires is essential. You can use a circuit tester to determine which of the fuse wires are hot.

5. Remove the key from the ignition before you start the installation of your car dashboard camera. Using a fuse puller or a pair of pliers, remove the fuse you identified as “hot.” And then, locate a ground point for your kit. Most vehicles have an easy access ground point near the fuse box.

After you have completed the above steps, you can close your dashboard, and you’re ready to hit the road.

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