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Hopkins Rear View Camera Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

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How to Install the Hopkins Rear View Camera on a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu


Today on this 2011 Chevy Malibu we're going to install part number HM60195VA. This is a Hopkins Rear View Camera with Back up Sensor. We're out in the parking lot. Let's go ahead and see how it works. We have it in reverse already. You see that it shows indicators for left and right side. We will slowly back up, you get close to it and you can see how one and is closer than the other.

You can see that the closer we get the beeps get quicker. At this point, we are probably about 1 foot away from the object behind us. Now to verify that it is working, you can play with the display a little bit. You have a plus/minus button that controls the volume. Then our menu button, we can use the same plus/minus button to play with the brightness. You also control the contrast. If you don't want it to come on at all there is an on/off switch at the bottom. First thing that we need to do is get our car ready.

You want to pick out a location on the dashboard for the monitor. We have it in its general location right here on the dash on the left-hand side. Then you want to figure out how you're going to wrap your wire. In this case, this wire here we are going to run it through the bumper and through sheet metal on the inside of the trunk area. We will put it up in place, then mark a general a hole where we want to run our wire through. Then we will go ahead and drill it out to match the size of our connector. We'll go ahead and drill out the whole using a 7/16 drill bit.

Go ahead and test it to make sure that we can get to it on the other side. Now we will go ahead and mount it up to hold it in place. Typically, you would put your license plate in at the same time. Next we will have to get access from inside the trunk area to the other side of the connector. Go ahead and take out the floor covering and get down to the sheet metal underneath. Now we will go ahead and drill our location for our access hole. We want to drill about in this area right here. We will pull our wire through and then install the snap bushing.

Go ahead and mark our hole, then use a pilot hole to drill it out first. Go ahead and work all the way up to the drill bit hole size 9/16. Now we will take our wire from the outside and run it through the whole we just drilled. Then we'll take our snap bushing, part number, SWC8055. We'll run it over our wire and push it into place. Now we will take the long wire harness that comes with the kit and plug it into here. This is the harness with the T right here with the red wire on the other end to plug into the camera. There is a couple of arrows that you have to line up, then we just push them together. Now we need to wrap these two wires to our wire harness in the car that goes to the reverse lights. Thats what turns it on. One of them is going to be ground, and one of them is going to be power to the reverse lights. What we're going to do is route it up behind the carpeting and up into this area right here because we need to get to this harness on the inside because this is what contains the reverse lights. We'll loosen up a couple of these fasteners here, tie down points, then sneak our wire behind the liner. Working this threshold just a little bit. Then we will put our liner back for now around the edge. Let's go ahead and re-install our tie down points. Then we will take down the liner on top year to get access to our wires. There will be a couple of plastic rivets that we have to remove. Our wire harness is right here. We'll go ahead and pry it loose then we will peel away the tape. Typically, light green is the reverse light on Chevy's. Once we've got our wires spread apart, will go ahead and use a test light to make sure it is the reverse light. Also, to test our wire we are going to need a ground. We're going to use a self-tapping screw and a small ring terminal to make our ground. These parts do not come with the kit. Now the black wire is going to be ground. We'll go ahead and take our ring terminal and attach it. We'll go ahead and take our ground clamp and put it to our ground. Then we will go ahead and test our wire. Make sure we have a car in reverse and try it out. Our light green wire will be our reverse light. We will to take our rewire and connect it to our green wire using the quick splice connector that comes with the kit. We will slide one wire next to the other, take your connection or connector and make sure it's good on the wire and then take your red wire and slide it next to it. Make sure it goes all the way down to the stop. Sometimes the little metal thing catches it before it goes all the way through. Then we will squeeze it, and now make our connection. Now we will go ahead and take our wire, will go ahead and tuck it up out of the way and we can go ahead and re-install our panels. We'll take a moment to seal up our excess gap around the wire harness with some silicone. Now we will go ahead and take our wire harness, we will tuck it underneath the threshold of plastic in the carpet. We will take the rest of the wire links and run it up on the left-hand side of the seat and talk in at the very bottom. Now we have worked it behind the seat to make sure that we didn't interfere with the seat belt and we worked it down here. We'll take our cable and route it up toward the front. Then, let's go ahead and talk it underneath the plastic. It looks like we can pry it up just a little bit from the outside and then just talk our wire for underneath and let the tension hold it in place.You and see how we tuck it in right here. We just basically did this all the way up toward the front. At this point, you want to consider how much excess you have. Then we will go ahead and hide our excess wire underneath the dash. Now is a good time to take our two cables and plug them together for our monitor. Then it would be a good idea to go ahead and revisit your location of your monitor and then see where your connector is, and maybe you can hide it. Let's go ahead and tuck it in here. That Will hold our wire while I go ahead and take up the rest of our slack and hide it behind the plastic. This panel can come loose. We are using a special trim panel and you can pop it loose. Now we will take our wire and tuck it in. I left just a little slack in there just in case we want to make any final adjustments after we put our wiring in place. Go ahead and reinstall our panel. Now we have just got to mount our monitor. We will go ahead and clean off an area on our dashboard. Make sure it is good and clean for the adhesive. The warmer of a day that you do this on, the better. Go ahead and pull our cover off. Then it is a good idea to take the cover off of here and put it into place. To do that job I will have my trustee hand model do it. Also known as the customer! With everything connected up, we will go ahead and try it out. Put it in reverse and you see the camera activates. Now we just need to adjust our camera where it points in the right direction instead of straight at the ground like it is doing now. You use a small Phillips screwdriver to loosen up the screws inside of the camera. Then you can go ahead and rotate the camera the way you want it. This is a matter of personal preference. In this case, we are just going to raise it to its highest position to get the widest field of view. Once we have it set, we will go ahead and tighten down the screws. The same principle applies to your sensors for your alarm. They rotate up and down. To adjust your back up sensor you have to get a measurement from ground level and up to your sensor. In this case, it is around 22 inches. The instructions give you a chart on the height to how you can adjust to this. There are small markers on the inside edge that you align a dot with. Once we have it set, we will go ahead and tighten down the screw. We will do this on both sides of the license plate. After it is set, now would be a good time to go ahead and slowly back up to something and make sure that the alarm goes off. Now that we have verified it is working, we will go ahead and reinstall our interior components. With that, that will finish it for our install of part number HM60195VA from Hopkins on our 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. .


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