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Rear View Safety Backup Camera System Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

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How to Install the Rear View Safety Backup Camera System on a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu


Today in our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu we'll be installing the rear view safety backup camera system with built-in backup sensors, part number RVS-5350. Here's what our backup camera looks like installed. As you can see it provides a nice, large screen, yet doesn't take up much space on our dash. Now let's go ahead and put our vehicle in reverse and see what it looks like. You see, we have a nice clear image here. Now we'll have somebody walk towards the vehicle to demonstrate our proximity sensors.

As you can see, the closer he gets, it shows you the distance warning meter and gives you a great noise to alert you that you're about to back into something. Now let's pull away from the person and we'll see what it looks like. The beeping stops once you're further away from an object. As you can see our backup camera gives us a nice, clean display and we have a nice wide view, so we see our entire surroundings behind us really nicely. Now this backup camera is a great addition for cars that don't have a factory backup camera, and you're looking for an inexpensive option to add one that's a clean install. The backup camera will allow you to see behind you when you're backing up without having to rely just upon your mirrors, and for things that are below you that you can't see when you're looking out your rear window.

Also, with the backup sensors, for something that you can't judge distant on that well, a nice audible alert will alert you if you're coming close to having an impact. Okay, here's what our backup camera kit consists of. First off, we have our camera system here. You see our camera angle is adjustable just by sliding up and down on the rotating lens. To the side of that we have our park assist sensors here. We have one wire that comes off this that makes our connections to our main wiring harness here.

We have our plug here which will provide power to our display screen here. As you can see we also have two camera inputs that we can put. Our display can be adjusted as we need to get the right viewing angle that we want, supplied to our dash with some double sided tape that's already pre-applied. Now that we've gone over what's included, let's show you how to get it installed. We'll start our installation on the back of our vehicle by removing our license plate here. Your screws may vary depending on what came with your vehicle when it was purchased, ours are some Phillips head.

We'll take this off here and grab our camera assembly. When we install this we want to make sure we have it facing the correct direction. The flat surface is the bottom, the rounded edge is the top. Our wire plug here, we'll just slide through this existing hole already in our bumper cover here. It will come out the side, behind it, where you can get to it easily later. We'll take our plate back here with, install our screw, making sure we don't pinch any of our wires behind the plate, slide it back up, install our other screw, run them back down a bit. That gives us a nice solid mount for our license plate and our camera. Now in the driver's side of our dash we have a panel right here, we just pop this off. Disengage the clips behind it and slide it on out of the way. That will give us a place to run our wires through for our camera. Now we want to find a good place to stick our display so we can see it while driving easily. Right here should be good. We'll peel off our double sided tape here and stick it down to the dash. Press down firmly so it sticks. Now open this door here and we'll pop it down, remove it, that way we have access to our fuse box here where we can make connection. We'll take our plug here, this applies power to our monitor, plug it in. We'll put some electrical tape on this so we don't have to worry about it coming disconnected. This part will feed in behind this dash panel here, so that's inside where the fusebox resides. Now our door seal panel here, we will just lift up on it. Sometimes they're stuck in there a little bit and you have to persuade them. Okay, that will work. At the end of our wiring harness that we run back to the back of the vehicle, we will make our connections. I'll plug in this one here too. It's keyed so it only goes in one direction. Once it clips in place we will know we're solid. Now we'll tape these up with some electrical tape here. Now these wires, we'll just tuck them back in here and zip tie it to the wiring harness that runs to the back of the vehicle underneath here once we're ready for that. Okay, so there's a wiring harness here, we'll zip tie the two wires too that are running to the back, just to help secure them out of the way, and we'll do the same right here to this ground cable, and again to this main wiring bundle here. Now our two wires we'll just tuck up under our carpet here. We got our wire underneath the carpet by our driver's seat and we're going to tuck it underneath this panel towards the back to keep our wires protected and hidden out of sight. Now lift up on the bottom of our backseat and that'll give us some room to get the wires inside the trunk. Keep running our wires back underneath the plastic. Now we'll go into our trunk and pull them through. Lift up on our spare tire cover here, pull it on our, set it aside. Fold down the back seat and we'll make sure our wires are tucked up underneath our seat, and we'll feed them underneath the hinge for the backseat and pull them on through. We got our wires around our hinge now. Okay, with those here underneath our hinge, they're not going to get pinched by anything. We'll place them in the trunk and we'll fold our backseat on up, it locks into place, and we can push back down on our bottom seat so it secures itself in position. All right, with our seat reinstalled, we'll carry on the installation in the trunk. We need to gain access to our reverse light. Our reverse light in this vehicle is on our trunk right here. We're going to peel back this panel a little bit and gain access to that. It's held in place with some push pin fasteners, just work them out like that. Our reverse lights are this bottom bulb which is this plug right here. Now, because there's only two wires going here and we have a black and green, and the fact that the light is on our trunk lid which moves up and down, if you follow down our wiring harness, it goes down through this tube here inside the vehicle. We're going to make a connection inside the vehicle because it won't move around, so we'll just pop off the panel here. Down here we can see that there is already a green wire that's been spliced into, more than likely this is the wire that will be hot when our vehicle is in reverse. We'll test and make sure that this wire has a reverse signal down here. This red wire that is attached to the green wire that we suspect is our reverse signal input, we'll strip back some of the installation and here, and we'll conduct a test by sticking the vehicle in reverse to see if this wire had power when the vehicle is in reverse. We see we have no power going to it while someone is shifting it into reverse for us right now, we'll double check. As you can see our test light is lighting up, we'll have them put it in park and make sure it goes off. Okay, we did identify that this wire that's attached to our green wire with a white stripe is our reverse signal output, so we'll use that to make our connection. Our vehicle already had a connection made to it at some point in time, so we'll be using that for our signal. Now we have a grommet inside of our trunk right here. We're going to temporarily remove this so we can pass our wire from our camera inside the vehicle. Here's our camera wire here. Now we'll make a slot in this grommet, we'll go through it, push our grommet back into place. We'll just lift up on the carpet and tuck it behind it. Open this battery door here for your auxiliary battery and we'll hide the slack in that compartment. This connector can only go in one way, so we'll line up the two dots right here, actually they're arrows, and we'll push it in and secure this with some electrical tape. All right, so we're tucking our wires up inside this compartment as best as possible. Okay, so we got these bundled up, let's wrap the zip-tie around them now. Cut off our excess zip ties here. Now we'll drop them inside our compartment. We got an extra segment of red wire here to make an extension to connect our two red wires together. The one that was already installed in our reverse signal output, then the red wire that comes from our harness that goes to our backup camera. You need some butt connectors to do this. I'll crimp that on there and come over here to this wire, strip off a little bit more of the insulation, twist it all together, then we'll fold it back in half on itself to make it thicker so our butt connector can grab onto it better. Install it in our butt connector, crimp that down, then we'll drop this wire on down and it will come out right here. Strip off the other end and we'll install another butt connector on it, crimp it down. Now our other wire, we'll move a little bit more of the insulation since this is a thinner wire and we're fold it back upon itself, thicken it up a little bit. We'll make our connection to our butt connector and we'll crimp it down. Just drop that down inside the vehicle here next to our battery. We only use this for our ground. Now for this, we have a couple of different options. What we can do is unbolt this, put a ring terminal on this and just make our connection. This battery goes straight to ground here anyway so it's a perfect grounding point. I'll strip off a little insulation here, we'll double back our wire here and make it thicker, stick on a ring terminal, crimp it down. All right, so we use a 10mm socket, loosen that bolt up and we'll attach a ring terminal underneath it. Stick it on our bolt and back onto our battery, then we'll tighten the bolt back down. All right, with all of our connections made in the trunk, we can reinstall the panels that we removed. Push back in the carpet and secure the fasteners that hold it in place. We'll put our little battery door back in place and that locks it. Now we'll put a little black silicone sealant in where our wires pass through on our grommet, just to keep any moisture of exhaust fumes from entering our passenger compartment of our vehicle. We'll place back in our spare tire cover at this time and we can close our trunk on up. Now we're going to extend our black wire here which is our ground. We'll just strip back some of the insulation like we did before and twist it all together, and we'll fold it in half once it's all twisted up. We'll take a butt connector, insert a wire into it, now we'll crimp it down. Make sure our wires secure inside. Take a piece of black wire we had laying around, strip off the insulation from one end, then we'll insert it into the other end of the butt connector. With that extended, we have something to work with. Here's our fusebox, we'll check a couple fuses. Okay, so these fuses here are hot all the time. Now we'll turn the key in our ignition, turn the key on. See this fuse here, this 2 amp at the top left has power now. Turn the key off, take it out and you can see it slowly powers down, so this 2 amp fuse at the top left will be the one we're going to use. Pull out the fuse, now we're going to use a fuse tap to make our connection. This fuse tap just slides over the tip of the fuse and we'll work it down, all the way. Okay, with that down all the way, now we'll reinstall our fuse in the appropriate spot. Now we'll take our red wire here and we'll strip off a little bit more of our insulation from it. We'll take a spade terminal here, slide it over the wire and we'll crimp it down. Make sure it's on there nice and tight. We'll slide this on the terminal fuse tap just like so. We'll bundle up the rest of this wire here and secure it up behind our dash with a zip tie. Now our ground wire, just run down here. We'll measure about how much we need and we'll attach it here with a ring terminal. Right about here will be good, cut off the excess, crimp that on down. Remove this nut here, slide a ring terminal onto it, reinstall the nut. Okay, with all of our connections made we can test our system and make sure it works. Start our engine, put our vehicle in reverse, all right, we have a backup camera. Now that we know it's working, we'll put everything back together. We'll reinstall our fusebox door and storage compartment here, slide the hinge back on it, push up, it latches in place properly. Put our one panel in here, kind of slide it in behind the weather stripping, push it back in until the clips engaged. All right, now we'll slide our threshold cover back in, making sure the hood latch goes through it properly like that. Line up all of our pins. I'll just push it down into place. Make sure the weather stripping goes on top of it like it did originally. All right, with that our car's all back together. That completes our installation of the rear view safety backup camera system with built-in backup sensors, part number RVS-5350 on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu.