How to Clean and Care For Your Rear Backup Camera
As winter approaches, it’s not too early to start thinking about seasonal maintenance tips for keeping your vehicle clean from road salt and slush… and that includes the backup camera on the rear of your car. Here are some simple ways to keep the lens clean and how to troubleshoot some common problems that these systems have.
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Clean the lens
Many rear backup cameras have lenses that are treated with different chemicals that help protect the lens from scratches and help ensure that the camera’s image quality stays sharp. According to Camera Source, it’s usually safe to use isopropyl alcohol on most camera system lenses. Apply it to a soft cloth then wipe away any grime, dirt, and debris from the lens.
A safer alternative is to use water and a cloth to wipe the lens, as many automakers recommend. Though, you can also use a non-abrasive cleaner, as Cars.com’s Rick Popely suggests.
How often you clean the lens depends partly on how often you drive as well as what road conditions you encounter this winter. When the roads are messy, it’s a good idea to wipe the lens after each drive to ensure that the rear backup camera is functioning at its best.
A blurry camera display doesn’t always indicate a dirty lens. Sometimes a foggy display stems from an issue with the system’s wires and connections. Camera Source recommends inspecting the wires for signs of damage. Look for wires that are split or disconnected. These are often simple to fix with a splicing tool and electrical tape. If the wires look fine, check your vehicle’s fuse box to rule out the possibility of a blown fuse.
If your vehicle is newer, you likely have a wireless backup camera system. In this case, consult the owner’s manual to see how to do a factory reset, advises Camera Source. It’s a simple fix, but an effective one that can easily remedy a foggy display.
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Whitney Russell resides in Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming in Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not crafting car-related content, she can be found chasing after the most amazing toddler in the world, watching her “beaver” of a husband build amazing woodworking projects, hanging out with two crazy dogs, and visiting family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, crafting, and binge-watching period dramas when time allows. See more articles by Whitney.