2003-2008 Honda Accord Rear Reverse Parking Camera Aid Install

Chassis codes: CL7-CL9, CM1–6, CN1 and CN2

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    2003-2008 Honda Accord Rear Reverse Parking Camera Aid Install

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    Objective
    To install a rear parking camera into the a 2006-2008 Honda Accord (7th generation)
    The camera will automatically engage when reverse gear is selected.

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    DIY Guide Compatibility
    This guide is only suitable for the facelift Honda Accord which has the Sat Nav Premium Sound System and inbuilt display.

    For:
    -Honda Accord Tourer Estate 2003-2008 (both diesel and petrol models)
    -Honda Accord (2003- 2008) (both diesel and petrol models)
    Chassis codes: CL7- CL9, CM1 – 6, CN1 and CN2

    This can still be performed if you are fitting an aftermarket display. In most cases the aftermarket display/system will already feature a reverse camera facility connector and the yellow video cable will plug straight in there.

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    Disclaimer
    I won't take any responsibility for any damage or injury. You follow this guide at your own risk.
    If you do not agree, please do not follow this guide.
    This DIY has been written and intended only as a guide.
    There may be other or easier ways of performing a stage.


    For the steps below I have used DIY guide PICTURES from Honda Karma member “Crispy”
    From his guide: Cleaning the Sat Nav DVD Drive Laser
    Hope this is ok. When I was writing the guide I realised I didn’t have any images of the trim removal process
    I have also used images from this DIY

    http://www.tsxclub.com/forums/1st-gen-electronics/7834-no-more-trunk-rattles-gas-spring-replacements.html

    *Photo credits go to their respective owners.
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    Background
    The facelift 7th generation Accord Tourer was the only Accord which was offered a genuine OEM backup reverse camera accessory. This genuine OEM kit is of course very expensive and only a handful of Accord tourers had them. Saloon owners did not get this opportunity. The kit is now discontinued but by using the video signal that is available, a reverse camera can be installed on both the estates and saloons with very little effort.

    The backup camera reverse video signal is present on the rear of all facelift Accord Premium System Sat Nav DVD players and the camera image will be displayed on the OEM sat nav screen when reverse is selected.

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    Equipment Required
    To get started here is a list of some of the tools you may require
    -Interior trim removal tools (available cheaply on ebay) - Essential
    -Socket wrench and extensions
    -Pozi and flat head screw driver set
    -Side cutters
    -Electrical tape
    -High quality double sided adhesive
    -Tie straps
    -Scotch locks
    -Soldering iron, wire splicing tools and heat shrink
    (if you have a mains connection where you are working on your car)

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    Parts Required
    There are many variations of camera that you can choose from, it's all down personal preference.
    Here are some examples below

    Camera options


    Reverse Camera 1
    (Replaces x1 number plate light assembly - built in LED number plate illumination)

    Disadvantage: Difficult to match the LED illumination colour for other number plate light
    Advantage: Probably the best looking reverse camera for the accord. Small, discrete and OEM looking.
    Web link: CCD Mirror Car Rear View Camera for Honda Accord Pilot Civic Odyssey Acura TSX | eBay

    CAMERA PIC 1.JPG

    Reverse Camera 2
    (Replaces x1 number plate light assembly - see through so retains existing number plate bulb illumination)

    Disadvantage: Although retains existing bulb assembly - Camera is directly underneath so at night it looks like that side is not illuminated.
    Advantage: Easy install and retains existing number plate bulb assembly
    Web link: For Honda Civic City Accord Specific Rear View Back Up CCD Parking Camera | eBay

    CAMERA PIC 2.JPG

    Reverse Camera 3
    (Affixes to number plate light bracket - All number plate light assemblies are untouched)

    Disadvantage: Camera uses self adhesive to adhere to bracket - changing number plate bulbs might be a rather fiddly.
    Advantage: All number plate lights are retained, camera is small and lens angle is adjustable.
    Web Link: Pumpkin Car Reversing Camera Back Up Rear View Night Vision LEDs Waterproof 170° | eBay

    CAMERA PIC 3.JPG


    I choose option 3, although I did initially try all of them. I used reverse camera 2 for 5 months but I did not like the fact that my rear number plate was poorly illuminated. With option 1, I tried to find LEDs to match the colour temperature of the camera ones but to no avail.

    Option 3 in my opinion gave the best compromise. Overall, good picture quality, small, discrete, adjustable lens angle and it retains the OEM number plate illumination.

    There are many other variations out there but the ones listed above are the main ones
    Other variations include reverse camera that is part of a number plate bracket.



    Adapter Harness

    Together with the camera you will also need an adapter harness.
    One side of this harness will have a Molex connector whilst the other end will have an RCA phono connector for video.
    This adapter harness will plug into the rear of the DVD player and extend the video signal all the way to the boot area.

    You can make one yourself by buying a few components.

    Components required

    -8pin .100 KK housing with pins
    -Female RCA plug from Radio Shack
    -18 Ga speaker wire
    -Solder (optional)
    -Heat shrink or electrical tape

    See this link for assembly instructions
    Backup Camera Install - Acura TSX Forum

    I decided to make mine using the tsx club assembly instructions thread

    Harness Pic 1. Harness Pic 2.

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    The Procedure
    Step 1
    Begin by removing the centre console gear surround trim. Using the interior trim tools, apply gentle pressure from around the edges and lift up the panel gently. Once complete, remove the heated seats connections (if you have heated seats option)
    Once the connectors are disconnected you will have to unscrew the gearknob with the gear surround still attached. Gently rotate it until the gear knob comes off.

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    2.

    Step 2
    Next step is to remove the ashtray assembly.
    Lift out the ash tray section.

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    Unscrew the self tappers in these locations

    4.

    Once the screws are removed then the ash tray assembly surround can be lifted out.

    5.

    Once lifted out remove screws shown

    6.
    Lift out assembly and unplug the connections

    7..

    Step 3

    Next step is to remove the DVD player plastic trim surround
    Using your interior trim removal tools. Gently pry away around these areas and gently lift the surround trim off.
    Be careful as these plastic surrounds can easily snap and break

    8.

    Step 4
    Once the trim is removed, the DVD player unit has to come out to allow access to the rear.
    Using your ratchet, remove the DVD player bolt attachments here.

    9.

    Step 5

    Once the dvd player is loose, pull it out slightly so you can access the green connector plug on the rear.

    Rear of the player is shown below. Plug your homemade or pre made adapter harness cable into the socket shown

    10.

    Keep everything loose so fault finding can be performed when the system is tested later.

    Step 6

    Unwrap the yellow video cable that is supplied with the camera.
    Connect one end of the male video cable connector to the female connector of the adapter harness.
    Note_ if your yellow cable has an additional red cable along side it – ignore this.

    This is present for installations to feed the reverse voltage signal from an after market head unit.
    Remove the kick panel underneath the drivers foot well (if it is a diesel)

    I think petrol models do not have the kick panel.
    Feed the yellow cable under here and tie wrap it to existing cable looms as required.

    Step 7

    You can easily just tuck the video cable underneath the plastic trims or can you remove these trims and route cables within these trims if you wish.

    10A.

    Step 8

    Continue feeding the cable along this route and through to the back passenger door sill.

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    No need to remove the rear passenger door plastic sill. You can easily tuck the yellow video cable under the plastic trims.

    Step 9
    Once the cable reaches the back end of the car, fold the rear seats down and start to remove the driver's side boot interior trim.

    Remove the spare wheel floor. Two clips hold it in place as shown

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    Remove all the clips within the boot trim as shown

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    13A.

    Note: Use your interior removal tool. Otherwise you will end up breaking clips.
    Remove the rear plastic boot trim shown by lifting away from the bottom section

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    Step 10

    The cable will also be passing into the boot lid so the trim here has to be removed also
    Remove all the clips holding the inner boot lid trim as shown

    There are also two rubber long grommets which require sliding in the direction shown. Then pull away.

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    Also remove the clips holding the boot arm plastic trim.

    The outer clip would have already been removed on the previous step.

    Then there is another clip physically holding the arm trim on.

    Further down there an internal clip holding the trim to the metal boot arm.

    This can be lifted away, however the clip can easily break so be careful.

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    Step 11

    Once all trim is removed, route the video cable within and follow the existing wiring loom all the way into the boot lid.
    Cable tie the video cable as required

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    Step 12

    Once the video cable reaches the boot lid leave it there for a moment.
    Remove the metal plate annotated in the pic below
    Unclip the connector which is attached to it and carefully remove the plate.
    Apologies, I didn’t take a proper picture of this metal plate but the below pic shows the plate and is annotated with an arrow

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    Grab the camera of choice.

    If using Camera options 1 and 2


    Remove the required number plate light assembly by applying force with a flat blade screwdriver to the left side of the lens. Pry out gently (if still unsure see your handbook) or see this link
    Replacing Rear Number Plate Bulb

    Once assembly is removed feed the camera wires through the recess into the boot lid and connect the yellow female video cable to the appropriate yellow video male connector on the cable assembly. Secure in place.

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    Apply double sided adhesive or suitable gasket around the edges of the lens
    (similar to the OEM number plate lens). Clip the camera/ lens assembly into place.
    Ensure a tight fit and it doesn't come loose
    Then skip to step 13

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    If using Camera option 3

    Remove the required number plate light assembly by applying force with a flat blade screwdriver to the left side of the lens. Pry out gently (if still unsure see your handbook) or see this link
    Replacing Rear Number Plate Bulb

    Using the OEM number plate lens make a small cut out in the position shown below
    (This will allow the camera cable to feed inside to the boot lid)

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    The camera comes preinstalled with self adhesive 3M backing.
    Clean the area where the camera will be positioned. Use IPA or any good cleaning agent to remove oil and residue from the surface.

    The 3M backing on the camera is really strong and once positioned it is very difficult to remove so ensure you are happy with the position before applying pressure

    Afix the camera in this position as shown.

    Note: Feel free to position the camera anywhere you like., the position described here is just a guide.

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    Make a small cut out in the number plate bracket to allow the camera cable to fold back into the recess section.

    The plastic is soft and easily shaped and trimmed.

    Feed the camera cable into the number plate light recess using the cut out made in the lens and reassemble. The end result will look like this.

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    On the inside of the boot lid, connect the camera yellow female video cable to the appropriate yellow video male connector on the cable assembly.

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    Step 13

    With the camera now installed, power to the camera is the final stage.
    The camera operates when reverse is engaged; the best source of power for this situation is tapping into the reverse light.

    Route the black and red wires of the camera assembly along the boot lid to the reverse light assembly.

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    Using scotch locks connect the black cable to the black wire on the reverse light and the red wire to the green cable.

    If you have the facilities and equipment you can splice these wires, solder and heat shrink. This would provide a better professional finish.
    Not having mains power outside I had to use scotch locks.

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    Step 14

    At this stage the camera can now be tested before going any further.
    Turn to pre-ignition, wait for the Honda navigation screen to load.
    Once completed, engage reverse. You should now get an image of the camera of the rear of the car

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    Start the engine and ensure it works fine with the engine on.

    Step 15

    Tidy all the cable assemblies and tie wrap them as required for a neat install.

    Step 16

    Re-assemble all the interior trim.
    Reverse process of removal.

    Notes

    -A fuse can be installed in line to the camera if required - although it is not necessary
    -If using camera option 2, light will be blocked illuminating your number plate and will appear as your bulb is out
    -If using camera option 1, you will need to source LEDs which will match the colour of the camera's LEDs on the opposite side. I have not been successful in finding any.
    -If the LEDs in camera 1 blow or die for any reason the camera assembly has to be replaced (camera is a sealed unit)
    -If no picture is present when reverse is engaged check the adapter loom wiring and ensure the terminals are in their correct positions. Also ensure 12 volts is being supplied to the camera when reverse is engaged. This can be performed by using a multimeter to check the voltage on the camera red and black cables.
    -Whilst removing the number plate light assemblies, it may be worth replacing the bulbs at the same time
    -Camera 3 allows you to adjust the angle of the lens which is quite handy
    -There are many camera options out there but the wiring and connections will be the same.


    Here are images of the completed Cameras
    Camera option 1
    (Image borrowed of the camera on Duc de Pommfrit's Accord)

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    Camera option 2
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    Camera option 3
    31. 32. 33.


    *If anyone has found LEDs that matches Camera option 1 please post it up on here. As I would be keen to get that camera option back on the car J
    Many thanks for reading and I hope this guide has helped you:Smile:

    Accord_n22
    15-05-2016
    Version: 1.0

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      Thanks Roger :)
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