Why Is My Backup Camera Not Working?

A vehicle’s backup camera is an incredible utility, and drivers have come to rely on them for many uses. However, having a backup camera suddenly stop working is always upsetting. Let’s go over the potential solutions when your car’s backup camera isn’t functioning. We’ll explore common issues with backup cameras to check first, as well as their troubleshooting options. If you’re having trouble with your backup camera, call Performance CJDR at (937) 434-9500 or click the button below.

Call Us

Rearview Camera Display Not Showing Up After Applying Reverse

backup camera in dayton, oh

Image via Cars.com

The display screen of the backup camera gets activated, and therefore should display objects behind the vehicle as soon as you enter the reverse gear. If a driver does not get a rearview camera feed while in reverse, there is likely some issue with the electrical system.

Most likely, the camera itself behind your vehicle is not the problem. The very first step to troubleshoot this issue is to check the manual provided by the manufacturer. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, you will find different steps for troubleshooting common problems. Although camera systems might appear similar across most vehicles, don’t be fooled; every automaker is a little different, and it’s essential to follow their instructions first.

If the manual is unavailable and you have sufficient technical knowledge, you could check the fuse and the wiring system yourself. It is possible that the wiring of the backup camera is loose or that a fuse needs replacing. If you aren’t comfortable attempting this kind of work for your vehicle or don’t have the time, it may be better to contact the pros for backup camera repair.

Low Backup Camera Image Quality

Backup cameras are only as effective as their display is clear. So if at any point you notice your camera’s feed quality become poor, fuzzy, or unclear, or as if the resolution is reduced, don’t panic. It’s likely caused by dirt on the camera’s lens, as reverse cameras stay near the ground and can easily make contact with dust, rainwater, or mud.

If the camera feed itself appears normal, not lagging or with any signal issues, but it’s simply hard to see, it’s pretty likely that cleaning the lens is all you need. Try wiping the camera’s lens with a soft cloth and making sure it is clean. If there is still a suboptimal image, you may want to have the camera looked at by a professional.

No Signal on Backup Camera

Sometimes, a backup camera appears to be trying to work but then shows a screen that says “no signal.” Unfortunately, this could happen for a variety of reasons.

If the backup camera was working when you last checked, try resetting the camera or the display screen. Vehicles have many complex, mechanical parts working in tandem, and often a no signal error is only an infrequent occurrence due to these systems glitching. If restarting the camera, screen, or vehicle doesn’t return the feed to normal, and the issue appears to happen suddenly or randomly, there may be a loosened electrical component such as a fuse or cable.

Given that many things could stop a backup camera’s signal, it’s best to contact certified service technicians with experience working on backup cameras. So if you are in/around Dayton, Ohio, rest assured, we will get your camera, and any other critical driver assistance features running at their best.

Backup Camera Is Black and White Only

In some cases, a backup camera can lose its color feed, leading to an image that is only in black and white. Similarly, some camera displays end up with unusually high gamma values or are constantly stuck on a flash-like image that causes it to look washed out, colorless, and hard to see.

In either case, while these problems are annoying, rest assured that at least they are easily diagnosed. Something so obviously wrong with the feed is likely a wiring problem. In such a situation, you can ensure all cables and connections of the backup camera system are proper and connected, as long as you feel comfortable doing so. As we always say, check the manufacturer manual first.

If you still face the same problem after following the manual and the wiring appears to be okay, or you don’t feel like spending time or taking the risk to do it yourself, contact our team, and we’d be happy to help.

Black Screen on Backup Camera

Another common issue with a backup camera is when the display screen shows nothing, not even a no-signal message. The most logical explanation is that the camera is not powered, instead of just being ineffectively connected. For troubleshooting a black screen on a backup camera, check the wiring diagram of the car and the backup camera, which is usually on the manual provided by the manufacturer or supplier. After seeing the wiring diagram, make sure to check that all the cables are connected.

Many drivers assume the camera itself is physically damaged or broken when this issue occurs, and while uncommon, this is possible. If you recently encountered a collision or accident, especially to the rear, there could be mild damage at first but worsened later. In any case, it’s possible that even after fixing the black screen problem, you still see a no signal message on the display screen. At that point, make things easy on yourself and get the backup camera checked by trustworthy professionals.

Backup cameras are still a relatively new innovation. If you have a problem with your camera that doesn’t fall under our five most common issues, give us a call at (937) 519-3542, and we may be able to help more people in the future. Also, keep in mind that regularly scheduled service can prevent any issues like this from cropping up.  If you are in or around Dayton, OH, you can get new Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Chrysler vehicles alongside a service plan that keeps the car in prime shape, all for less time and money than doing it yourself.

Posted in Features