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Old 08-01-2015, 04:46 PM   #1
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Back up camera help

Hey all, need some help.

Im installing an aftermarket backup camera. I need a switched 12v power source that is active when the car is in reverse. The directions say splice into reverse bulb wiring. Sounds easy right?

I need to know what color wire from the tail light controls the reverse bulb. This would help me a great deal. There are 6 wires from the taillight assembly, before I start cutting one at a time to figure it out I was hoping someone might know.
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Old 08-01-2015, 09:42 PM   #2
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Only had to cut 4 of the 6 wires to figure it out... BLUE is the 12v+ for the reverse light.
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Old 08-01-2015, 11:30 PM   #3
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Dude, there's such a thing as a multimeter. All you had to do was disconnect one of the tail lights connectors check for power there if you couldn't find a schematic by searching online. There was no need to cut all of those wires.

And you only have us 4 hours on a Saturday for someone to respond. Patience is a virtue.

Hopefully you don't have any electrical issues with your tail lights down the road.

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Dude, there's such a thing as a multimeter. All you had to do was disconnect one of the tail lights connectors check for power there if you couldn't find a schematic by searching online. There was no need to cut all of those wires.

And you only have us 4 hours on a Saturday for someone to respond. Patience is a virtue.

Hopefully you don't have any electrical issues with your tail lights down the road.

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Its all good, thanks for the lecture DAD. Just kidding, though it wasn't a big deal. Used wire clamps to put everything back together the same as someone would on a $2,000 audio system.

I am sure you can relate when you want something done there is no such thing as patience. On a side note I wasn't expecting an immediate response, I just decided to go for it and share here.

I searched google for about 3 hours for a wiring schematic; don't believe one exists online. There are plenty for the 2011 and 2012 however the wiring colors and number of wires are different for the 2013 and 2014.
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Is your backup camera working? Because if you were cutting wires, watching for the reverse light to go out, you may have cut the ground wire, not the 12V wire for the reverse lights. And I hope by wire clamps, you mean actual wire splices and not those clamp on splices, because they are absolute crap. Half the time, they don't cut through the insulation.

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Lights and camera are working and used actual wire splices.
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I am sure you can relate when you want something done there is no such thing as patience.
Wrong. I never put "getting it done" above getting it done RIGHT. I always make sure I know what I'm doing before I mod my car, much less start cutting into wires all willy nilly.
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I'd still recommend the OP buy a multimeter for future use...the cheap ones can be had virtually anywhere and are "good enough" for occasional use. If you use one frequently, probably worth finding a used Fluke DMM.
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Wrong. I never put "getting it done" above getting it done RIGHT. I always make sure I know what I'm doing before I mod my car, much less start cutting into wires all willy nilly.
Ok, let's calibrate. What I did was not wrong just because it wasn't "your way". I"make sure I know what I'm doing" lol... "All willy nilly"? Not hardly l, I used a scientific approach based on logic to solve a problem. Your a trip, I'm just not willing to let you speak down at me further because you don't agree with my choice. I am sure I didn't ruin my car by cutting and properly splicing wires.
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Rob, I have to agree somewhat with whodat. Even a 5.00 test light could have helped you to avoid cutting wires on a factory wire harness on a taillight. I think I can speak for whodat since I feel like by reading his posts he was just trying to impress upon you the importance of how these wires are connected. Those wire splices no matter which ones you used are complete crap. The only way to connect these back how they should be would be to solider them and cover with heat shrink. Those connectors may seem fine now but after a few years (could be sooner could be later) they will fail. The vibrations caused by thousands of miles worth of diving will eventually take its toll on those. One day someone who owns the car will discover that when his taillight isn't working and have to fix it.

Anyway, don't get upset. Would you really prefer we say nothing if you were doing something that someone in here knew could be done better or correctly?
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Rob, I have to agree somewhat with whodat. Even a 5.00 test light could have helped you to avoid cutting wires on a factory wire harness on a taillight. I think I can speak for whodat since I feel like by reading his posts he was just trying to impress upon you the importance of how these wires are connected. Those wire splices no matter which ones you used are complete crap. The only way to connect these back how they should be would be to solider them and cover with heat shrink. Those connectors may seem fine now but after a few years (could be sooner could be later) they will fail. The vibrations caused by thousands of miles worth of diving will eventually take its toll on those. One day someone who owns the car will discover that when his taillight isn't working and have to fix it.

Anyway, don't get upset. Would you really prefer we say nothing if you were doing something that someone in here knew could be done better or correctly?


You are spot on and appreciate the feedback. I soldered the wires just now, that was a great point and easy solution.
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Its all good, thanks for the lecture DAD. Just kidding, though it wasn't a big deal. Used wire clamps to put everything back together the same as someone would on a $2,000 audio system.

I am sure you can relate when you want something done there is no such thing as patience. On a side note I wasn't expecting an immediate response, I just decided to go for it and share here.

I searched google for about 3 hours for a wiring schematic; don't believe one exists online. There are plenty for the 2011 and 2012 however the wiring colors and number of wires are different for the 2013 and 2014.

Just throwing this out there. If someone is using wire crimps on a 2000$ sound system. Than there truly not installing a 2000$ system and is a complete joke

Wire crimps change signal quality and drop signal off. All audio connections should be done by either a double twist wrap connection or by solder.


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Agreed. I like to do a lineman's splice, flood with solder, then do shrink tubing.
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I am sure you can relate when you want something done there is no such thing as patience. On a side note I wasn't expecting an immediate response, I just decided to go for it and share here.
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Wasn't trying to talk down to you. It was just the Aircraft Electrician in me that was freaking out about someone who thought that just cutting wires until the light went out was a good idea. It's not MY way, it's the way I was taught based off wiring regulations and standards. There's more to wiring than most people think, especially something as crucial as a tail light.

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Wasn't trying to talk down to you. It was just the Aircraft Electrician in me that was freaking out about someone who thought that just cutting wires until the light went out was a good idea. It's not MY way, it's the way I was taught based off wiring regulations and standards. There's more to wiring than most people think, especially something as crucial as a tail light.

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I totally get it, that makes a lot of sense. I went back and soldered the wires and am just wrapping up on my stereo system as well.
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That's good. Did you get a chance to test out your backup camera?

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