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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2010 Honda Element

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How to Install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2010 Honda Element


Today on our 2010 Honda Element, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System. Part number HM50002. Here's what it looks like once it's installed. As you can see we're in trailer mode now so it's kind of a V shape, it's going to go right to the ball, that you can see right there at the bottom. You can switch it to everyday mode, simply push it in. That gives you a nice square box and the closer you get to something it'll start to make a little more noise so when you get to the yellow it kind of a caution zone, when you get to red that's a danger zone. You can up to an inch and a half away when that red starts to go off. If you want to back up to a trailer you would simply switch it to hitch mode and you start to back up.

The closer you get you'll see the difference, now the yellow's flashing, once you get to red your ball should be right below the hitch. We have it set in everyday mode, we can start to back up, as we get closer to the wall it'll go from green, yellow for the caution and the red when you're about an inch and a half away. We have a 3" colored screen that is adjustable. You have your brightness, contrast, color, sharpness and a reset for the whole thing. These are ideal for hooking up to a trailer but they're' also great for everyday use if you have small children in the area you can see what's behind your vehicle before you back up, if they left any toys out. The visual along with the audible it's going to help you determine how close you are to the item you're backing up to. Let's go ahead and see how it's installed. These are the parts that are going to come with your kit.

This is your licence plate frame, it's going to have your two back up sensors, and the camera. All adjustable. That's going to plug in to our harness. If your vehicle has the 7 way factory connector you would plug this in between, ours does not so we're going to go ahead and cut off the black and the red wire. We're going to run those to the taillight.

Also, your 3" color monitor and the hardware needed to install it. We'll begin by removing the licence plate. If your vehicle had machine style screws holding your license plate on the ones that come with the kit are actually designed for the plastic insert style. It's more of a metal screw or a pointed screw. You'll have to pick up some longer ones, like we did, at your hardware store. Start by taking your plate, sliding it inside the grooves and put your new bolts through. We'll open up the hatch, It's going to be necessary on this vehicle to remove this whole trim panel here.

To do that, there's a Phillips screw here and we also have to pop off this little handle on the lever. We'll take a trim tool. If you don't have a trim tool you can use a screwdriver just be really careful. You're going to pry it off there. It just slides down on there so when we're done we'll just snap it back down. We're going to go ahead and take out that Phillips screw, just pull the lever back a little bit, gain access to it. Set your screw aside for reassembly. We'll take our panel tool, or you can use your flat blade. You're going to come underneath here and just pop up the panel all the way across. You'll have to pull your weather strap out of the way. Once you've got it released, you can slide the panel up. You can see there are your clips. Some of the clips are going to stay in there so you'll have to pop those out. Simply take your flat blade or your panel tool and just pop them out of position. You'll simply slide it back in, we can set this aside for reinstall in a little bit. We have the panel off of the inside, we're going to need to run the wire, the cable for the camera, that's going to go to the front of the car. We're going to have to drill a little hole. We've loosened this up to drop a little bit, we're going to run a hole right through here. We're going to start with a pilot hole. We can see that there's nothing going to be in our way. We can take our 11/32 drill bit and enlarge the hole for our grommet to fit into that is supplied with our kit. Once you have the hole drilled out go ahead and clean up your outside edges with a file so you don't have any sharp burrs. Take our grommet, slide it over the plug. You have to work it down. This is kind tight where it comes over the top part of the plug. We're going to push our plug through. Slide your grommet back. You'll want to take your grommet and push it into the hole, we'll put some silicone on the outside of it to seal it up. We'll be using Loctite black RTV, part number LT37467. I'm going to put a little RTV on the end of my screwdriver and dab it on the hole up here. You just want to seal the grommet and the wiring so no corrosion or water can get inside you vehicle. Since we have our wire inside, we're going to pass it through to the bottom part of the tailgate. There's a rubber plug that has your wiring harness from the tailgate to the body. We're going to pop that out. We can put a little slice in it with our side cutter. Going to bring our connector out, snap in the grommet and we're going to attach that to the wire that's going to run to the front of the vehicle. We're going to go ahead and cut off these two wires that go to this plug for the 7 way since we don't have a 7 way on this car. We'll just snip those off. I took a piece of plastic tubing and pushed it down to the bottom of the car, and attached our plug that's going to come up to plug into the one that goes to your camera. We simply pull that up out of there, take our tube out of the way, we'll go underneath the hinge, we'll plug this in. You want to make sure to line up the two white arrows together. You're just going to push it together and feel it kind of lock, then we're going to press that whole plug back inside the gate, to keep it out of the elements. We'll put a zip tie around here to keep the wire out of the way. Snip off your access. We can go ahead and put our panel back on. You want to make sure you put the lever out of the way so you can slide your cover back on. On the sides, tuck it behind. Once you have it in place simply snap it down, we can reinstall our weather strip, just slides over the edge and we can put our lever back on our handle. It just snaps back down. We're going to have to remove our taillight so we can gain access to our reverse light wiring. Take our 8mm socket, remove the two screws. Take a screw driver or panel tool and gently pry the light forward. There's one connector in the back pushed in. We can take a piece of tubing and we're going to fish it down. Now that we have our tubing sticking out the bottom we can take our wires, the red and the black, we'll tape them on and we'll fish them up into the lights are here. We have our reverse light on, we're going to test our wires to see which one is the hot wire. It's going to be the green one with the black tracer. We're going to take our connector, we're going to slip it over the green wire and we'll slide in the red wire on the other side so it bottoms out on the connector. We'll crimp it down with a pair of pliers. Lock it down. The other wire here is going to the the ground, we're going to tie it to the ground on that side. The ground from the bottom, crimp that one, lock it down. We'll take our excess wire, we'll coil it up and zip tie it to the back of the other wiring in the harness. Now that we've secured our wiring we can to ahead and take some electrical tape and wrap it around there for a little extra protection. Once we're taped up we can go head and take our clip, slide it back into the body and we can replace our two screws. Now we simply route our wire up over top of the hitch and ran it up along following wires and tubing that goes to the front of the car. Make sure you tie it with zip ties all the way along. Across the top of the tank and we came back out here started following our fuel lines and brake lines and we're going to route it up the firewall. We took a piece of plastic tubing and attached it to that and we're going to pull the wire up behind the rack and pinion so we're not going to touch anything that's going to be moving. We'll pull up our tubing, get our wire up to the top. Just want to make sure you don't run it anywhere where it's going to interfere with the steering linkage or anything like that. We've gone ahead and found a spot where we put a little pilot hole down there. We're going to enlarge that hole and we can route our wire through there. We'll put some silicone around it so it protects it from the elements, and stops it from chafing. There's actually a little diamond shaped cut out in your firewall where if your vehicle's a stick shift, this is where your clutch would go through. We just pop that out and we'll enlarge this hole. Make sure that our plugs going to fit through there then we'll file out the hole and make it nice and smooth. Now that we have that drilled out we can put our plug back through there. Take some electrical tape and we'll put it around the outside, protect it where it comes in and then we're going to silicone that hole up. We can run our wire up to the top of the dash. We're going to pop this cover off. They're a little tight, they've got some plastic snaps that go into the dash. Just be careful when you take them out. We just need to get our wire. We're going to tuck it in. We can plug it in, make sure to put our white arrow to white arrow. Snap it tight. We're going to mount ours in the location right here and then we're just simply going to push the wiring down inside the panel. We'll clean off our area with some rubbing alcohol. Get it all free of dirt and debris, peel off our two sided tape. I'm going to press it firmly down. Then we can just press our wire down into the groove. We can bunch up our wires, we can put it through this panel on the side here. We can tuck it into the dash so it's out of the way. We can take our side trim panel, slip it into position and our wires are all hidden. We're going to want to adjust our sensors. According to your instructions it'll tell you how to measure and adjust them. There's three little markings on here, there's going to be an A, a B, and a C. You're going to want to set yours as your chart reads. Once you get it set where you want it you're going to snug down the screws and repeat on the other side. Your camera is also adjustable, the best thing to do with that is to get inside and test it. See if it's landing where you want it to and you can adjust it up or down. You want to measure to the center of your sensor, that's where you're going to get your measurement, then you're going to look at your chart and set your inaudible 00:16:24 accordingly. That's going to wrap up our look at and install of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System. Part number HM50002 on our 2010 Honda Element.


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