Installing a dash cam is a relatively simple task requiring minimal tools however, it can seem daunting. In this tutorial AutoInstruct will show you how to install a dash cam in your FN Civic .
Tools and Parts Required
- 1CH or 2CH Dash Cam – We sell and recommend BlackVue
- Optional: Power Magic Pro
- Cable Ties
- Side Cutters
- Cable Stripper
- x2 Female Spade Crimp-On Connector
- x1 Eyelet Crimp-On Connector
- Crimping Tool
- Phillips Head Screw Driver
- 8mm Socket or Spanner
- Electrical Tape & Stiff Wire (For feeding cables)
First the dash cam needs to be positioned and stuck to the windshield, most dash cams will attach via double sided tape. In order to ensure the dash cam is placed properly, power the device using a cigarette lighter socket and check the footage before sticking it to the windshield.
For a RHD car, it is best to install the dash cam to the left of the rear-view mirror as this places the camera out of the driver’s field of view. If installing the camera close to the rear-view mirror, ensure that the gap is large enough that the mirror can articulate properly without hitting the dash cam.
The power cable will be run down to the fuse box via the route shown in the photo.
For LHD models, the fuse box will be located on the passenger side.
Using a trim removal tool gently remove the side cover of the glove box. There are 5 clips holding this in place.
Remove the door seal by simply pulling downward as shown in the photo. Pull the seal off so that the entire path shown in Step 2 is visible.
The cable must now be fed from the fuse box to the dash cam. When running the cable you must ensure that it sits behind the curtain airbag so that it does not impede the function of the airbag if it deploys. You will be able to see the airbag through the gap created by removing the door seal, feed the connector over airbag. You may need to use a trim removal tool to pry the A-pillar trim back enough in order to feed the connector out the other side.
Run the cable just inside the roof lining to the dash cam, there is a large enough gap that it is easy enough to simply place the cable just inside the trim without much effort.
Tuck the remaining cable into the A-pillar trim as shown in the photo, once the door seal is reinstalled it will hold the cable in.
Next we must remove the plastic panel covering the fuse box for ease of access. First, remove the single philips screw (Blue circle in photo) then, pull the panel outwards from the dash as indicated by the arrows. There are several clips holding this panel in however, they will not be too firm.
Now the cables must be prepared to be plugged into the fuse box and ground. The active cable must have a female spade connector crimped on whilst the ground requires an eyelet as shown in the photo.
Note that the Blackvue Power Magic Pro requires two active cables for parking mode, switched power and non-switched power. Both active cables in our case should have female spade connectors.
Wiring for the Power Magic Pro is as follows:
Yellow – Permanent (Non-Switched) Active
Red – Switched Active
Black – Ground
The ground cable can be installed to any metal bolt that attaches to other metal pieces. For ease, we used the small bolt that sits somewhat below the ‘Engine Start’ button at the edge of the dash.
Loosen the bolt with your 8mm tool and place the eyelet underneath, then tighten the bolt down ensuring that the cable is secured firmly. Do not over-tighten the bolt.
The upper left hand portion of the fuse box contains an unused slot with 8 pins. The lower right-hand pin is switched power and the lower left-hand pin is permanent power. You may need to squeeze your spade connectors with pliers to tighten up the connection as the pins are fairly small. Ensure that the connectors hold onto the pins tightly.
If your dash cam has a parking mode you may need to insert a fuse into slot 27, a 7.5A fuse should be enough.
The Power Magic Pro (PMP) should sit somewhere it can be accessed in order to switch off parking mode if required. Using double-sided tape stick the PMP to a panel within the dashboard, ensuring that it will not interfere with the plastic panel we removed earlier.
Once connected to power, turn the car on and make sure that the dash cam is powering up. If the dash cam powers up with no issues then simply use cable ties to tuck excess wires away and ensure they do not drop into the footwell. Reinstall all panels that have been removed in reverse.