Why Isn’t My Backup Camera Working?
It wasn’t long ago when backup cameras didn’t even exist in cars, and now it seems we can’t live without them. These camera systems provide a view behind the vehicle and make backing up easier and safer, and we rely on them every day. Since backup cameras have become such an important part of driving safely, it’s concerning when they suddenly stop working. Here we will cover some of the common reasons for a car’s backup camera to stop functioning correctly and even go over some troubleshooting solutions. To reach our Honda service center, click the button below:
Backup Camera Screen Is Black
If you turn on the car, shift into reverse and get just a black screen, it is most likely an issue with the display and not the camera. The first thing you want to do is make sure your car is in reverse. The camera will not activate until you shift into reverse. If this is not the problem, the next step is to check your display screen to make sure it’s not just the lighting. You can go to settings, find your rear camera, and then modify the brightness levels.
If neither of these is the problem, it could be the wiring. If something has come loose, it could have caused the screen to go black.
If you’ve gone through all these steps and still have a black screen, it is time to move on to the software. Contact your dealer to find out if there are any software updates.
No Signal Message
Sometimes, you might see that the camera is trying to work, but then a “no signal” message comes up. This could be the result of a few different issues, but the message is telling you that the connection between the monitor and the camera unit has been interrupted.
The first thing you should check is the camera settings. If you can restart the camera, it might solve the problem. You can also restart the car to reset the system. If you continue to get the no signal message, it could be a loose electrical component such as a cable or a fuse.
Image Is Blurry
If you have a blurry feed, it could be as simple as dirt on the lens, but it may also be something more. Some of the reasons you might be getting blurry results include:
- Hardware damage. With the camera’s location near the ground, it’s easy for it to get damaged. The hardware components include the lens, stabilizer, and wiring.
- Loose connections. It’s not uncommon for connectors to become loose over time as you drive over bumps and rough roads. Check to see if a wire just needs to be secured, and your feed may clear back up.
- Software issues. Check to see if there are any updates.
- Power failure. Check for loose wires and connections that might be preventing the camera from getting power.
- Dirty lens. Since the backup camera sits so low to the ground, it is common for the lens to get dirty. You just need to take a soft cloth and wipe it down.
- Fuse malfunction. If you have a blown fuse, it could lead to software issues that affect the camera’s clarity. Replacing the fuse box is a relatively easy fix that you can do at home or have your mechanic do.
Rearview Camera Won’t Turn Off
Once you shift your vehicle out of reverse and into drive, the camera feed should turn off. If it doesn’t, you have a problem. Some people accidentally program their cameras to stay on, and if you do, it’s an easy fix. Just go into the settings, and change it back to normal settings.
If this doesn’t work, try restarting the car to see if it resets. Once you’ve changed the settings and restarted the car, if the camera still doesn’t go off, you probably have a software issue. Contact our service department at Performance Kings Honda, and we’ll let you know if there are any updates. If you need more help, you can make an appointment to bring your vehicle in if necessary.
Images Turn Black and White
Most backup cameras display the feed in color. If you put the car in reverse and see only black and white on the screen, it is most likely a wiring issue. Check to make sure all the cables and wires are securely attached and connected. While you are checking the connection, you can also check to make sure none of the wires are damaged.
Once again, if the wiring is all secure and you still only have a black and white feed, contact us at Performance Kings Honda, and one of our technicians will check it out.
You can safely use the backup camera when the stream is in black and white, but if it bothers you, it’s a fairly easy fix. If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, you can bring it to the dealership, where our technicians will fix it for you.
The Camera Does Not Work at All
If your reverse camera does not work at all when you put the car in reverse, it is because:
- There is a blown fuse.
- The camera is broken and not working at all.
If this happens, start by looking up the location of the fuse box. You’ll find it in your owner’s manual. It should have a diagram that shows you exactly where to find it. If you feel comfortable removing the fuse box, you can check to see if there is a blown fuse or any broken wires. If you determine that this is the case, your local auto part shop should have replacement parts.
If you are not confident about where to find the fuse or how to check it, contact us at Performance Kings Honda, and we can take care of it for you.
These are some common issues you might encounter with your backup camera. If any of these happen in your vehicle, bring it to Performance Kings Honda, and one of our expert service technicians can diagnose the issue and get it fixed for you. Give us a call at (513) 791-9090 or schedule an appointment online and you’ll be back on the road and backing up safely in no time.