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Peak Performance Digital Wireless Backup Camera Installation - 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

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How to Install the Peak Performance Digital Wireless Backup Camera on a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2010 Chevrolet Equinox we'll be installing the Peek Wireless Backup Camera. Part number PKC0RB. Our backup camera allows you to safely drive in reverse by allowing you to see who or what might be behind you. Even in low light situations you can still see what's going on with the night vision mode on our camera. The camera will also adjust for changes in light levels from hitting the brakes in a dark garage to opening the door up to full sunlight. So here's what our camera looks like installed. You can see it's a nice clean installation.

It's a fully adjustable camera. You can tilt up or down for any angle you may need depending on how high your license plate is on your vehicle or depending on if you mount it on the upper portion of your license plate or the bottom. You can flip the camera around 180 degrees and it's not a problem because you can change the camera angle on the monitor inside. You could also change it from being a mirror image to reverse mirror image. It is a water resistant camera that will not interfere with any Bluetooth or WiFi signals due to the digital transmitter inside.

You don't have to worry about running any wires from the camera to the front of the vehicle for the monitor display because of that wireless transmitter. You only have to tap into your reverse lights so the camera itself has a source of power when the vehicle's put in reverse. This backup camera will allow you to easily backup without worrying about running into something and alert you to potential hazards such as someone walking behind your car in a parking lot while you're trying to back out of a parking spot. It will also assist you in hooking up to your trailer or your boat that you may need to tow. It also has a grid which you can turn on or off depending on if you like it or not that will assist you in judging distance as far as how close an object may be to your vehicle. It is a helpful tool, especially for parallel parking. All right, we got our engine started here now.

Go ahead and put it in reverse. Our camera comes on and we'll go take it for a drive if we can see how it works. Right now it's halfway in between the infrared mode for night vision because our lights are off here in our bay but when we back out in the sunlight the picture will become brighter. As you can see, right now we have the distance warning guide on. You have the red for close, the yellow for caution and the green for okay. We can turn that off by pressing the lower button here, and back on.

Leave it off for now just so you can have a better idea how clear the picture is. As you can see we have a nice mirror image of the etrailer image behind us. If you want you can actually change this so it's no longer a mirror image and is actually displayed exactly like it would be. This is exactly what it looks like if you we're to turn around and look at it by ourselves so it's a reverse mirror image. Another nice useful feature of this is if we ever wanted to hook up to a trailer. We'll go test that out right now. We're going to go back up to a trailer behind us here. Now we need to start by removing our back hatch panel here. It's two pieces, there's an upper piece and a bottom piece. The upper piece will come off first. Just pull down on it, just like so. Now there's a little plug right here on our lower portion of the hatch. Remove it, we'll take a small flat head screwdriver, popping it out. There's a T30 torque screw, we'll go ahead and remove that. Now pull down on this hatch panel here. We'll pull it down and set it aside. Now this trim panel right here. We need to remove this piece because our license plate lights are in here which means there's going to be wires going through here in to the hatch panel, so we can use the grommet that our license plate wires pass through and our hatch release here so we don't have to drill any extra holes. Open our hatch. Okay, in the center or our panel back here there's two ten millimeter nuts that hold that in place. Additionally there's one more on the side here and over here. We'll go ahead and remove those with a ten millimeter on an extension. With those four removed we can now go out to the back of the hatch. We'll grab our panel, pull it out towards us. There may be some plastic clips that additionally hold it in place so I'll use a trim panel tool and pop them out like so. We'll leave this plugged in for the time being otherwise we won't be able to open our hatch because the release button's right here. We'll pull this grommet out here just like so. That'll make a slit in it and we'll pass our wires through that. We'll take a pair of side cutters here and we'll cut a slit in the grommet. Make sure we don't cut any of the wires accidentally. Okay. That will give us, put even a little notch in it right here too so our wires have room. That'll give us room for our wires to pass through now. Take our camera here and we'll secure it to the license plat holes here temporarily with these screws just to hold the camera in place. Remember we have to put our license plate back so these screws will be coming back out. We're doing this just so we have something to hold it in place. Take our wire here, put it inside the vehicle. We'll insert the wire into the grommet and we'll reinstall the grommet. Okay, now with our grommet in place it's a good idea to reseal it with some silicone sealant here just so any moisture won't potentially enter our vehicle. Now we can take our license plate light assembly with the hatch release handle and we'll push it back into place just like so. As you can see your wire for the backup camera is hidden behind this panel. Okay, we found out that when we have it oriented like this with the wire facing up we're not going to have enough room to get our fingers in here to open the hatch release so what we're going to do is remove our screws and what we're going to do is we're going to flip it upside down like so and then attach it to the bottom of the license plate. That will give us plenty of room to get our hand up in there. Okay set up our camera down here now. I made marks where the license plate screws on the bottom here would come in contact so we're going to put some protective rubber padding here so when we screw our camera to our license plate here the paint will not get damage from the screw heads hitting it. We'll take these little squares of rubber padding that we have, they're self-adhesive, we'll stick that on there. Take our camera here and the hardware that it came with we'll use to install it onto our license plate. Take a screw, the washer, put the camera behind the plate, we're coming from the backside like so and we'll install the nut. Do the same on the other side. Okay. We'll grab some tools and we'll tighten that down. Okay. That's snugged up. We can reach it here, our license plate with the factory screws. Okay, perfect. Now we'll take this part off here loose again and we'll just try to tuck our wire up as best as possible and reinstall the piece. Okay. Perfect. That'll give us a nice clean installation. Okay with our panel here reinstalled we can go ahead and reopen our hatch. Now we'll start reinstalling our nuts that hold the panel on for the hatch. Get them started by hand here first. It's really easy if you use a socket on an extension to get it started versus using your hand. It is kind of a tight fit back in some of these openings. Okay, we got them started we can now tighten them down. Okay, we'll take our wire out now and we'll secure it along this wire here toward the front of the hatch. Use the included zip ties. Okay, with our wire secured with zip ties we'll go ahead and cut the excess off. Now we found out that our green wire here goes up and combines into these two green wires here in this connector so what we're going to do, where we tapped in with our test light here, we're going to tape this up and reinstall this grommet. A piece of electrical here will protect this. We'll reinstall our grommet just by pushing it into place until it snaps in. Okay, perfect. Now we had the option of using the T tap that are provided with it or alternatively we can cut the wire and strip it back and use a butt connector and have a nice solid permanent connection. That's what we're going to do. We'll cut right here and we'll strip it off on both ends. Now butt connectors aren't provided with this kit. They are provided separately on our website. We're going to use a blue heat shrink one here and this works on 14 to 16 gauge wire. Here's the T tap that's included. This will work just fine so you don't have to splice into it but this is more of a permanent connection so we're going to use this instead and it will give us a nice weatherproof seal. We'll strip back our wire, both ends, twist it together like that. Take the red wire and wrap it around one end like so. Take our butt connector and we'll crimp it down. Okay, good. We'll take the other end and install it to the other side of the butt connector like so and we'll crimp it down as well. Okay, good. Now the black ground wire here, we can tap into a ground wire or we can put on a ring terminal here and use a self tapping screw to secure it to the body, which is what we're going to do. Just because it's one less wire we have to cut, tap into and it will provide us with a better ground connection. We'll fold this wire back upon itself and install a blue ring terminal over it. We'll crimp it on down, just like that. We'll use a self tapping screw to secure it right there. Now we use a heat gun to seal our butt connector. Okay. Take our excess wire that we have dangling here, fold it back over here and secure it with another zip tie. All right, now we'll test our camera. Okay, we'll take our backup camera monitor here, we'll plug in the power outlet like so. We'll take the windshield mount here and we'll slide it into position like so until it clips in place. Now we will mount it to our windshield. It's got this suction cup mount and a lever you push down on to suck it in place. Now we'll take some soapy water here or glass cleaner if you have any and we'll clean up a spot on our windshield for our suction cup to mount to. Okay, with that clean we'll take our camera mount here. There's a panel here we want to make sure we don't interfere with that at all, so they can still open that. Go about right here on the windshield. Push it into place and we'll flip the lever on down and we can adjust our camera where we need it and tighten the screw on down to hold it in place at that angle. Now we're putting it right here because it's not going to interfere with our sight too much and it's clearly visible. You want to mount it in a location where it's not going to interfere with you vision while you're driving down the road. Right here's an option for you. Down here in the corner of the windshield's also an option. Up by your rear view mirror's another option here but then you have to deal with the wire dangling down going to your power outlet down here. You probably want to go as low to the windshield as possible just so the wire will be easily routed to your power outlet. We want to do the wire tie here and lay our wire down the side of the dash like that. Plug into our power outlet. We'll take the wire and we'll bundle it back up. Re-secure it with the wire tie. Now we'll test our functions on it. Okay, so we'll turn our key on. Start our engine. You can see our monitor's powering up, searching for a signal. Now we'll put it in reverse and the camera comes on. We put it back in park, the camera goes off. We'll put it back in reverse here. As you can see our image is upside down because the way we had to mount the camera so we can still open our hatch. To flip that we press this top button here, press the down button to go to over to this blue screen with the fingers pointing and we press the power button right here in the middle. Make sure it's still selecting one. You press the power button again then it goes to the rotate position. We press the power button again, it switches the camera angle slightly. Press it again and now it's right side up. To get the menu off now you can press the top button again and again and one more time and then we're back to our backup camera. Now if we switch back to park it will shut off, go back to reverse it automatically comes back up to the right screen with the position we selected. Now that we've shown that our backup camera works we'll go ahead and put our hatchback together and we can finalize any adjustments we need as far as angle once we're done. We'll have an assistant hold the hatch down about halfway so we can easily reinstall this panel. Push in on the back first and you come on up to the sides. Push these in. Once it's snapped back in all the way like so, we can reinstall the one screw in the back. Okay, with that reinstalled we'll take the little plastic cover and we'll snap that back on over it like so. Now we can reinstall our upper hatch piece. Snap it back there. You kind of have to work it in just like that. Now our hatch is reinstalled. That completes our installation of the Peak Wireless Backup Camera, part number PKC0RB on our 2010 Chevrolet Equinox.