MK2 Tiguan Dash Cam Install

MK2 Tiguan Dash Cam Install

Introduction

The concept of installing a dash cam can seem quite daunting, however it is actually relatively simple with some basic tools and electrical knowledge. In the tutorial below AutoInstruct will show you how to install a front dashcam.

For this tutorial we’re install a BlackVue DR650S-1CH in a MK2 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Tools and Parts Required

Step 1

First we need to choose a suitable mounting location on the front windshield. Power on the camera using the cigarette lighter and check the footage to ensure you are happy with the position. Being a Right Hand Drive (RHD) vehicle we’ve chose to mount the camera on the left hand side.

Ensure you leave adequate space between the camera and mirror to allow for movement in the mirror. Once the spot is chosen, stick the camera to the windshield.

Step 2

We will run the power cable in the direction shown, leading to the fuse box behind the glovebox.

For Left Hand Drive (LHD) models, this fuse box is located behind the driver’s knee coin tray.

Step 3

Using a trim removal tool gently remove the side cover of the glove box. There are four clips holding this in place as pictured.

Step 4

Remove the vertical spear which runs alongside the door seal. Grasp the top section and pull towards the door to unclip as pictured.

Next, slide the spear upwards to release the lower clip.

Step 5

When feeding the cables we need to ensure we do not obsecure the airbag in the event of a deployment. Essentially this means we never run the cables between the airbag and vehicle occupants.

To run the cable we will remove the A-Pillar trim. To do this, grasp the pillar near the window seal and gently pull down to make a small gap. Then pull towards the centre of the car, and the first clip will partially release.

Step 6

With the first A-Pillar clip now partially released, we will use a pair of long nose pliers or a trim removal tool to slide the clip out from the trim, allowing us to removal the A-Pillar. The clip will stay attached to the vehicle.

Work your way towards the dashboard, releasing the second and third clips, which will easily release as they are basic clips. Once all three clips have been released, gently pull upwards on the A-Pillar trim and it will release from the dashboard.

Step 7

With the A-Pillar trim removed, we will feed the power cable into the headliner, and down the A-Pillar alongside the existing loom, and cable tie into position.

Ensure the power cable does not cross the airbag.

Step 8

We will now hard wire the dash cam and Power Magic Pro. For RHD vehicles, follow the next few steps to remove the glovebox. LHD vehicles can simply remove the coin tray next to the drivers knee. To do this simply squeeze the sides of the tray and it should drop down.

Firstly release the glovebox dampener by sliding it out from the glovebox lid.

Step 9

To completely lower the glovebox, push upwards on the release tabs and gently lower to the floor.

Step 10

This image will show you the fuse locations required to access constant and switched power for the Power Magic Pro.

Step 11

As pictured we’ve used fuse taps to make the connection, which saves the need to splice factory wiring.

Join the switched and constant fuse taps to the Power Magic Pro (PMP), and connect the PMP to the dash cam.

Step 12

We will mount the Power Magic Pro behind the side trim, where there is plenty of space.

There is also a convenient earthing location as shown.

Step 13

Mount the Power Magic Pro in position, and neaten any loose cabling. Finalise the setup by selecting your voltage and timer settings on the PMP.

Re-Installation

Step 1

All trims re-install with ease by simply clipping into position, The A-Pillar however is slightly harder.

Firstly you need remove the clip which stayed attached to the vehicle. Once removed, reset the clip by reinstalling into the A-Pillar.

Step 2

Next, the A-Pillar needs to be slid into the dashboard slot as shown. Lastly, gently clip into position and firmly push the trim behind the rubber door seal.

Finished

Well done! You’ve now successfully installed a dashcam in you MK2 Volkswagen Tiguan

Honda Civic (FN) Jacking Points

Honda Civic FN Jacking Points

Introduction

This guide will show you how to lift your FN Civic using a trolley jack and jack stands. This guide is provided as advice only based on our experiences, a hoist is only the proper way to correctly and safely raise a vehicle.

Work at your own risk. AutoInstruct will not be held responsible for damage to your vehicle or personal injury / death as a result of the information we provide. Do NOT place your body underneath a vehicle unless it is supported by appropriately rated jack stands. The safest work is to not perform the work at all. If in doubt consult a qualified mechanic.

Tools Required

  • Trolley Jack
  • 2x Jack Stands
  • 2x Wheel Chock

These tools must be in good working condition, rated for the weight of your vehicle and certified to Australian standards. Quality Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands are crucial for your safety.

Lifting Technique

Before you begin, find a suitable surface. Your lifting surface should be flat and solid. Concrete is ideal.

Place wheel chocks behind the opposite set of wheels to ensure the car does not roll, it is also good practice to make sure the handbrake is engaged and the car is in gear if it is a manual. Next, locate the jacking point as outlined below and slowly raise to the desired height. We recommend using rubber pads to ensure you don’t damage the vehicle.

Once the desired height is reached, place both jack stands in the appropriate locations and lower the vehicle onto the stands.

Jack Stands

Jack stands are mandatory when lifting the vehicle as they are your protection from being injured or killed in the event of a trolley jack failing.

The stands can be placed under the factory scissor jack lifting points located under the side skirt of the vehicle. These are the same points used when changing your spare wheel.

Wheel Chocks

Wheel chocks are necessary when you’re jacking the front or rear of the car and should be used in conjunction with the handbrake and the car in Park/Gear. Wheel chocks ensure that the vehicle will not roll wile you’re working on it.

Lifting The Front

To raise the front of the vehicle locate the crossmember in the centre of the car. This location is approximately below the dashboard and is quite deep, it may be necessary to drive the front wheels onto ramps in order to give you enough clearance to get the jack in place properly.

Lifting the Sides

Behind the front wheels and in front of the rear wheels are the factory scissor lift jack points. The side points are used for jacking the car up for wheel changes, it is often easier and quicker to jack from the sides as they can be accessed easily and the car will not roll. The side points are used for jack stands and as a result, should be avoided if you are working underneath the car.

Lifting the Rear

Lifting the rear of the vehicle is very simple, simply use the rear tow hook. When using the rear tow hook to jack the car up, it is a good idea to place jack stands on either side of the car and lowering the car onto the stands. The rear tow hook is stable however, wheel chocks and jack stands are a necessity.

MK6 Golf Changing Tail Light Globes

MK6 Golf Changing Tail Light Globe

Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace your brake and indicator globes on a MK6 Golf.

Tools & Parts Required

  • Trim Removal Tool
  • Replacement Globe

Globe Types:

Rear Indicators
T20A / W21W / 7440A 21W
Rear Position Light
T15 / W16W / 921 9W
Brake Light (Non – R)
T15 / W16W / 921 9W

Step 1

To access the globes, we need to remove the entire tail light assembly. First, peel back the carpet inside the boot using a trim removal tool.

Step 2

Unplug the wiring loom as indicated by the pink arrow.

Next, support the tail light and begin to unscrew the white pin, by turning anti-clockwise. Remove the white pin entirely.

Step 3

You can now remove the entire tail light assembly.

Step 4

Looking at the back of the tail light, you will find five tabs that secure the globe assembly in place. Gently release each tab and seperate the two pieces.

Step 5

Here you can see the Brake Globe and Indicator Globe. Simply pull upwards to remove these globes.

HID Headlight Replacement

mercedes benz c-class w204 HID

Introduction

This guide will take you through the steps on how to replace a HID headlight globe on a Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W204).

Tools Required

  • Osram 66140 HID Globe

Warning! Before starting be sure to disconnect the battery and turn the headlights on and then back off to “empty” the system of any residual charge

Step 1

Make sure the globe you are using is the same model as the old one. In this case we are using an Osram 66140 HID globe.

Be sure to not touch the globe with your fingers!

Step 2

Identify which globe needs to be changed, in this case it is the passenger side headlight (RHD model). Unlike some other vehicles there is nothing in the way of accessing the headlight globe housing so both sides will be identical.

Step 3

Looking at the backside of the headlight globe housing turn the dust cap anti-clockwise and remove it.

Step 4

The globe is held in with two retaining spring clips as indicated in the image. Push the clips towards the globe and out to either side to remove the globe.

Step 5

Once the globe has been removed simply unplug it from the loom and connect the new globe.

Insert the new globe into the housing and fasten it with the spring clips, and reinstall the dust cap correctly by turning clockwise.

Step 6

Here is a comparison of the old and new globes!

Step 7

Reconnect the battery and test that the headlight is working correctly.

Enjoy being able to see properly at night again!

MK7 MIB Custom Radio Station Logos

MK7 Golf MIB2 Headunit Logos
Introduction
Did you know you can upload custom radio station logos onto your MK7 Headunit? We’ll show you how to do it.
Step 1
First you will need to create your own logos. Using an image editor, set up the canvas size as 400 x 240 pixels. With this setup, download the logos from Google for the stations of your choice. Centre the logo and save as .png
Here’s a few examples.
Step 2
Load the .png files onto an SD Card, and insert into your headunit in SD1.
Step 3
Under ‘Radio’ tap the settings icon, then tap on ‘Station Logos’
Step 4
The screen will now show all your saved stations. Simply tap a station, then navigate to the SD Card and select the appropriate image. Do this for each station, and you are done.
Step 5
This is the final result!

Changing V6 Spark Plugs

Changing VE Commodore V6 Spark Plugs

Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace the spark plugs in your VE / VF V6 Commodore. Whilst this guide is written for the LLT Engine, the process is very similar for LFX Models, however the intake manifold is plastic.

Tools / Parts Required

  • Spark Plug Socket
  • Socket Set
  • Torque Bar
  • Breaker Bar
  • Anti-Sieze
  • x6 Spark Plugs (1.1mm Gap)

Step 1

To access all six spark plugs, we need to loosen the intake manifold. This will require removal of attached components.

  • Unclip and remove the black insulating material
  • Disconnect the three PCV tubes. Push the tab across and pull outwards

Step 2

Unclip the purge solenoid from the intake manifold. It slides off towards the firewall.

Step 3

Unclip the throttle body loom and disconnect the intake pipe. Also unbolt the support bracket as circled.

Step 4

Remove the five long bolts located on top of the intake manifold. The bolt closest to the front is shorter than the rest. Keep this in mind when reinstalling.

Step 5

Next, remove the final bolt securing the manifold to the engine. You will need to unscrew this bolt entirely, however you will not be able to remove it from the manifold due to a lack of clearance.

(This picture has been borrowed from an LFX engine. The bolt however is identical)

Step 6

Raise the intake manifold and place an object underneath it to support it. This will provide enough clearance to access all the spark plugs.

Step 7

Unclip all looms from the ignition coils. Simply push the grey tab downwards, then press on the connector and disconnect.

Step 8

Unbolt the ignition coils and remove from the engine.

Step 9

Using a spark plug socket and breaker bar, gently remove the spark plugs from the engine.

Step 10

Install the new spark plugs by applying a light coating of anti-size and gently thread them into position by hand. Be very careful not to cross thread the plugs.

Tighten with a torque wrench to 20nm.

Reinstallation

With the spark plugs now replaced, reinstall all remaining components, ensuring all vent tubes are wiring looms are reconnected. Start the engine to ensure correct operation.

FN Civic Cabin Filter Replacement

FN Civic Cabin Filter Replacement

Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the cabin (pollen) filter from the FN Civic for cleaning or replacement.

Parts Required

  • New Cabin Filter (Optional)

Step 1

Locate the cabin filter, for RHD cars it is in the back of the passenger footwell.

Step 2

Remove the filter cover by applying pressure to the clip as shown in the photo. Once the clip has released you must pull the cover outward and downward as indicated by the blue arrows. The bottom of the cover is held on by a clasp and does not need to be unclipped.

Step 3

To remove the filter you must contort it as shown to clear the plastic trim at the top of the footwell. If you’re reusing the filter do not worry about damaging it as it is highly flexible and unlike to tear.

Step 4

The old filter can now be cleaned or thrown out if you’re replacing it. Upon installing the filter into the car, ensure that it oriented correctly with the arrows on top of the filter pointing to the rear of the car.

LandCruiser Prado Cabin Filter Replacement

LandCruiser Prado Cabin Filter

Introduction

This guide will show you how to change the Cabin Filter on your Toyota 120 Series LandCruiser Prado.

Parts Required

  • Cabin Filter – Sold by AutoInstruct Soon

Step 1

The cabin filter is located behind the glovebox, start by opening up the glovebox.

Step 2

The glovebox has a tether on the righthand side which hooks over a screw. To remove this simply slide it towards the front of the glovebox.

Step 3

There are two tabs (one on the left and right) holding the glovebox from falling out. Simply push the side of the glovebox inwards so the tab squeezes past the stopper on both sides.

Step 4

The glovebox will now be free and you will have a clear view of the cabin filter housing. Squeeze the two tabs and pull the tray towards you.

Step 5

Remove the old filter from the tray and insert the new one. Note correct orientation.

Step 6

Insert the tray with the new filer back into the housing. Ensure the tray locks in.

Step 7

To reinstall the glovebox make sure the base sits and clips into the hinge. If the glovebox is misaligned when closing it has not correctly clicked into place.

Step 8

Squeeze the tabs on each side back onto the other side of the stopper and reconnect the tether.

LandCruiser Prado V6 Air Filter Replacement

LandCruiser Prado Air Filter

Introduction

This guide will show you how to change the Engine Air Filter on your Toyota 120 Series LandCruiser Prado V6 Engine.

Parts Required

  • Air Filter – Sold by AutoInstruct Soon

Step 1

Locate the latches on the front side of the air box.

Step 2

Unhook both of the latches.

Step 3

Separate the front of the air box. It will hinge off the back until it unhooks itself.

Step 4

The air box is now removed and you can simply pull out the filter and fit the new one in.

Step 5

When reinstalling the air box, be sure to sit the tabs on the air box (filter side) into the hinge (engine side)

Step 6

Once the air box is seated correctly in the hinge you can close the box and re-latch the front.

FN Civic Dashboard Menu Guide

FN2 Main Menu Guide

Introduction

The FN Civic gives the driver multiple settings to access and change within the car’s Multi-Information Display located within the tachometer, this guide will show you how to navigate through the menu system and explain what each setting does.

Step 1

Insert your key into the ignition and turn to Position II. The engine does not need to be started for this process.

Step 2

With the vehicle stationary and the handbrake on, hold down the ‘i’ button on the steering wheel for a few seconds. The Multi-Information Display will bring up a menu screen showing “Speed Alarm”, indicating you have entered the menu system.

 

Menu Usage

You are now in the main menu, pressing the ‘i’ button will scroll through the options and pressing the ‘Sel Reset’ button will select that option.The menu is structured as follows:

  1. Speed Alarm
  2. Tyre Pressure Monitor Reset
  3. Change Settings
    1. Warning Message
    2. Adjust Outside Temperature Display
    3. Trip A Reset with Refuel
    4. Elapsed Time Reset
    5. Display Unit
    6. Rev Indicator
    7. i-VTEC Indicator
    8. Return
  4. Default All
  5. Language
  6. Return

In the bottom left of the display it will show you which option you are viewing within the current menu system, for example, it will say “2/6” when viewing the “Tyre Pressure Monitor Reset” option.

Speed Alarm

The Speed Alarm is turned off by default, once enabled the car will warn the user once a predefined speed is reached. The Speed Alarm settings allow you to set two different speeds. The alarm consists of a warning chime and an on-screen warning from the dashboard.

On the left you can set whether or not the alarm is on and on the right you set the corresponding speed at which the alarm goes off.

Tyre Pressure Monitor Reset

The Tyre Pressure Monitors must be reset whenever you pump the tyres up to pressure. This menu screen will simply reset the sensors so that they know the current pressure is ‘full’, once the pressure in the tyres drops to a certain percentage below ‘full’ the car will warn you of a low tyre pressure.

This setting is a simple ‘initialisation’, pressing ok will reset the system.

Warning Message

With ‘Warning Message’ enabled, your car’s multi-information display will warn you of an issue under certain circumstances such as low oil pressure or incorrect MAF sensor readings (air intake leak or faulty sensor).

Adjust Outside Air Temperature Display

If you’re are having issues with your outside temperature sensor or the car is sitting in direct sunlight for most of the time, the ‘Adjust Outside Temperature Display’ will allow to you alter the temperature shown on the display to better match the actual ambient outside temperature.

Trip A Reset with Refuel

This option will reset Trip A to 0km when the car detects that you have filled the petrol tank.

Elapsed Time Reset

This setting will allow you to change the condition under which the car resets its trip timer, the default setting is whenever the ignition is turned off. You can set the car to reset the trip timer under one of three conditions: when you turn off the ignition, when you reset Trip A or when you reset Trip B. By default the car will reset the timer when you turn off the ignition.

Display Unit

Display Unit allows you to change the units between imperial (miles) and metric (kilometres). If this setting is set to ‘Auto’ then the trip computer will simply change units whenever the ‘km/h mph’ button is pressed, matching the speedometer unit.

Rev Indicator

With the Rev Indicator activated, your car will notify you of the optimal rpm to shift up a gear. Whilst enabled a red bar with the word “REV” will be lit up to the left of the speedometer. A row of yellow LEDs to the left of the Speedometer will light up as you approach the cars RPM limiter and finally flash brightly just before the car reaches the limiter, roughly at the point of peak power.

Note that if you modify your RPM limiter through the use of a Hondata Flashpro or similar device, the car will automatically adjust the RPM at which the Rev Indicator flashes.

i-VTEC Indicator

The i-VTEC indicator will turn on a red LED light to the right of the Speedometer when your car engages the high RPM cam profile. The word “i-VTEC” will also be lit up whenever the car is turned on whilst the i-VTEC indicator is enabled.

If the stock ECU is re-flashed using an aftermarket device and the i-VTEC RPM engagement point is altered, the i-VTEC indicator will adjust accordingly.

Language

Language will simply change the language of the trip computer, in most cases this should already be set to the appropriate language for your car’s domestic market.

Mazda CX5 Dash Cam Install

Mazda CX5 Dash Cam Install Tutorial

Introduction

The concept of installing a dash cam can seem quite daunting, however it is actually relatively simple with some basic tools and electrical knowledge. In the tutorial below AutoInstruct will show you how to install a front dash cam in your Mazda CX-5.

For this tutorial we’re using a Blackvue DR650S-1CH with a Power Magic Pro.

Tools and Parts Required

Step 1

First we need to choose a suitable mounting location on the front windshield. Power on the camera using the cigarette lighter and check the footage to ensure you are happy with the position. Being a Right Hand Drive (RHD) vehicle we’ve chose to mount the camera behind the left side of the rear view mirror, therefore hiding the camera from the driver’s field of view.

Step 2

We will run the power cable in the direction shown, leading to the fuse box in the passenger kick panel. Simply pull down gently on the roof lining and feed the cable into the cavity.

Step 3

Gently peel down the door seal to expose the A-Pillar trim.

Step 4

Pull outwards on the A-Pillar to release the clips. Use a trim removal tool to aid this process.

Step 5

In order to completely remove the trim piece you need to release the plastic tether as pictured. Look into the trim and use your fingers or pliers to twist and unclip the tether.

This picture was taken after the tether was released.

Step 6

You can now lift the trim upwards, sliding it out from the dashboard.

Step 7

Run the power cable down the A-Pillar, following the OEM wiring loom. Use cable ties to secure the wire.

Step 8

Continue to feed the cable down the pillar as shown.

Step 9

With the dashcam power wire now in the fuse box, we will position and wire the Power Magic Pro. We chose to position the Power Magic Pro in the glove box, and as a result we need to lower the glovebox to gain access.

Squeeze the sides of the glovebox to retract the pins, and gently lower.

Step 10

Stick the Power Magic Pro in your chosen location. The top left corner works very well.

Step 11

Secure the wiring so it does not interfere with the glove box operation.

Step 12

Drop the wires into the fuse panel area and connect the ground wire to the bolt indicated in the image. You will need to remove the kick panel trim to make accessibility easier. Simply unscrew the plastic nut on the right side and unclip.

Step 13

Prepare your fuse taps and crimp them to the Power Magic Pro Constant and Switched wires.

Step 14

You can now connect the fuse taps to the fuse box. Where required remove the existing fuse and insert into the fuse tap. Then add a new 2.5a or 5a fuse to service the dashcam wiring.

Finished

Turn on your vehicle (Ensure you start the engine) and test dash cam operation. You can now reinstall all trim panels and enjoy your dash cam.

Mazda CX5 Gear Selector Globe Replacement

Mazda CX5 Centre Console Light Globe Replacement

Introduction

Have you noticed the gear selection is no longer lit up on your Mazda CX5? This is because the globe under the trim has blown. We’ll show you how to change it.

Tools and Parts Required

  • Trim Removal Tool
  • 12V 2W Wedge Globe

Step 1

Using a trim removal too, pry the centre console trim upwards.

Step 2

Release all the clips using your hands, and lift the trim upwards, including the coin tray. You will need to shift the leaver into neutral to remove the trim.

Step 3

With the trim removed, disconnect the electrical connector.

Step 4

To gain access to the globe, release the electrical connector from the trim.

Step 5

Twist the globe socket anti-clockwise and remove.

Step 6

Pull the globe out from the base and replace.

Step 7

Reverse the process to re-install the gear selector trim and you are finished.