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Hopkins Rear View Camera Installation - 2009 Honda Accord

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How to Install a Hopkins Rear View Camera on a 2009 Honda Accord

Today on this 2009 Honda Accord we will be installing the Rear View Camera System from Hoppy, part number HM60195VA. On this particular vehicle the easiest way to route it is going to be down the drivers side of the truck compartment and then under the kick board on the drivers side once we get inside the car. You also need to figure out, looking where the license plate goes, which you can see I have already removed, how we are also going to be getting the wire that is going up to our inboard camera from the license plate area inside of the car. :28

Luckily, on this particular vehicle we have a nice cut out here in the license plate area and then also, in the trunk area we have a couple of rubber grommets that we can actually cut a little hole in and use that to our wire through. So that is going to make this portion of the install that much easier. We note that on this particular vehicle the intended mounting for the back up camera system is like this, where both sensors on the camera are up top on the unit. You will notice on this particular Honda Accord that the cut out for the license plate area is not quiet large enough for us to properly install the sensors in the mounting hole. So what I am going to have to do is to go ahead and rotate it around like so, and mount it this way. The camera can actually be moved off of its mount on the back side here , when you flip it over you can actually mount the camera up on the top side. 1:17

And that is what we are going to need to do. I have already cut out a few extra grooves here so I can mount my wire up through this hole and not have to worry about it getting pinched, and I have done the same for this wire as well. You will notice that once I have my wire routed that it does not leave me much lead left over to get inside the trunk area. So, the first thing I am going to do is go ahead and find my rubber grommets and take my larger lead of wire and go ahead and feed it out that grommet where I can make my connection to the back up camera sensors. You want to grab that grommet and you see here this is the outboard side. I am just going to make a hole in the middle and we will put the wires through that way. Okay we have got a decent size cut out there. We can go ahead and re the grommet from the outside in. I am just going to take that in to the junction point where the cable stops and where the wires meet. While we are inside here we can go ahead and make our connections through our reverse lead in our ground. What I am going to do is separate the two wires. Running right across here at the rear threshold, pull back the lube and get the wires out of there. We can go ahead and locate the one for the reverse wire. We actually already tested this and found that the light blue wire with the little gray stripes on it is our wire for our reverse lead. We are going to connect that to the red wire using the red quick splice that is provided with our installation kit. To use the quick splice you simply want to take the wire that we are connecting to, which is the blue wire, we will slide the quick splice over that wire to where it seats on to the outer set of holes there. 02:54

We will take the other wire and in to the inside hole. We just take a pair of pliers and crimp down on the metal tab at the top. Then we can just take the cover here and clip that over the top and that makes our connection for us. With the ground wire we can actually either connect into the ground feeding one of the tail lights as well or on this particular vehicle if we remove this threshold screw here and pull that back we can see we have got a common grounding point right here that we can go ahead and use and tap that black wire into. What I am going to do is simply add a ring terminal onto that wire and I will connect it. We will our ground wire onto there. We can go back outside the vehicle now and go ahead and connect our back up camera license plate mount and then to provide some additional protection I am going to go ahead and wrap those connections in electrical tape. Then making sure again that our wire camera is mounted in the groove, slide this over the top and it will actually lock into place into these grooves in the back here. You will probably notice that you will need longer screws to get both the back up camera system and your license plate onto your existing weld nuts on the vehicle. The kit does come with two new screws however if these two screws do not go in properly in to the weld nuts of your vehicle you will need to find the appropriate screws. 04:42 You will notice by looking in the instructions that you are going to need to adjust not only the angle of the sensors here but the camera angle as well. They actually have some guidelines that you want to follow so that you get those properly aligned and get them set up at the proper angle. You do want to check with the directions for those. With the back up sensors and camera installed we can go ahead back inside the trunk area and start removing the back carpeting so that we can route our wires up inside the cab of the vehicle. What I am going to do is just start hiding this wire behind. You can just simply feed it behind there to where it is hidden or you can start zip tying it off to some of the wiring garments back in here. Then from inside the vehicle here you can kind of feed your hand in between the seat and the back rest and then you can get in there just enough to grab the wire and feed it on through. You can always come back into the trunk area here and farther hide the rest of wire behind the interior carpeting. That should do for that. We can go ahead and reassemble the trunk area, put our fasteners back in our floor board. If you do have any loose wires, like extra lead down here you want to go ahead and get a couple of zip ties and tie those up out of the way. It might not hurt to go ahead and tape this up as well to make sure that it is nice and weather safe. Then from the inside of the car you can see I have got the wire pulled through between the up right and the bottom section of the seat. What we are going to do is to hide the wire back behind the panel here all the way through the back seat area down to this point and we are actually going to pull up the driver side kick plate down here and we will route the wire behind there as well. 06:10

You can see with that pulled back that we can route our wire right along side the wiring harness that is routed to the kick plate here as well. It is probably a good idea to take a few zip ties and zip tie our cable lead to the wiring harness here. When we get up to this point we are again going to feed the wire up behind the interior plate here to where we are going to mount our camera. There is a nice flat edge here right in between the defrost vent and the A/ C vent. Right up here we are going to take and mount our camera and I am just going to take a rivet removing tool that you need to pop off these panels here or you could just pull back the weather stripping and feed the wire through that opening there. Those are push rivets that are again holding this end and pull this one back just a little bit and start popping those out. Take and feed this up and behind the opening here. Work your hands in there just right and you can feed it through and then pull that right through as well. From there I am going to route it over and we need to come out over this way to where it is going to plug into the camera. What I am actually going to do is mount the camera first to know how much extra wire I need and how much I can actually hide behind the section here. To mount our camera through the dashboard area I am going to use the double sided 3M tape that is provided with the kit. Before we adhere it to the dash area you want to go ahead and clean it off. We are going to take a cleaning solution with about half part rubbing alcohol half parts water. 07:50 We will first take and adhere the double sided tape to the bottom of the camera and we will peel back the other side. Then we will go ahead and adhere it to the dashboard. You can see with it mounted that I have got a decent amount of extension coming from the camera itself. So what I have actually done is taken the wire and routed it behind the weather stripping here and back behind our plastic panel pulled it through here. Then what I am going to do is go ahead and take this wire, feed it up from under here up through the same opening, and we can go ahead and connect the two together. To insure that the connection does not come apart I am just going to wrap that connection point with some electrical tape. You can see we have got some excess hanging below. I am just going to take a couple of cable ties and tie those up underneath so they are out of the way. From there we just really reassemble the interior of the vehicle and then we will go ahead and test our camera to make sure it works. We have got all of the wires secured up and we just want to go ahead and give it a quick test run to the back up camera. See that with the power on, put the vehicle in reverse that our picture comes up. You will notice at the top there we have got three different colors. We have got a green, a yellow, and a red for each side. Those are going to be our distance indicators. Those will also be what activate our back up sensor as well. The red boxes will light up when we get near something. You will see that we have got a person here in our back up camera. As they move toward the vehicle slowly, you can see that as he gets closer, first our green indicators come on telling us that he is a specific distance away from us and each side is blinking telling that it is pretty much centered with the rear of the vehicle. If he was more off the left the left indicator light would be blinking on its own. If he was further to the right, the right indicator light would be blinking on its own. As he moves closer you will see not only are the green indicator lights on but we have got the yellow indicator lights on as well. And then as he comes even closer you get to the full red. And you will also obviously be getting the beeping as well letting you know that you are getting close. And there you have it for part number HM60195VA.

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