It’s hard to admit how much we rely on technology. Things that were relative
luxuries even a few years ago are now
absolute musts, especially when it comes to safety equipment. One such piece of
technology is the backup camera. As
of 2018, all new cars sold in the U.S. need to come equipped with a backup
camera. Like it or not, a backup camera is now considered just as important a car part as seatbelts, airbags, and the rear-view mirrors whose jobs they sometimes usurp.
If you drive an F-150, then you know how convenient they can be. The
F-150’s backup camera can help you back
into tight spots dent and scratch-free, and, more importantly, it can help keep you
from hitting anything or anyone in
your truck’s blindspot. That all being said, it is quite a pain when your backup
camera quits working.
There are a handful of reasons your F-150’s backup camera could be experiencing
problems. If you’ve been experiencing
any problems with your truck’s backup camera, then look no further than this
Here are some of the main problems that drivers may experience with their F-150’s
No Signal Detected: When the truck is placed in reverse, a message appears that
says “no signal to rear-view camera
detected.” For many drivers, this starts as an intermittent problem but may
develop into a permanent issue.
Blue Screen: Some F-150's backup cameras will show a completely blue screen
instead of what’s behind the truck. This
problem can be intermittent or permanent.
What Could Be Causing Backup Camera Problems
Below are some of the potential reasons that your F150's backup camera isn't
Faulty Camera Components
Although this is a frustrating thing to hear, the problem with your F-150’s
backup camera could just be the camera
itself. While there is a bit of randomness when it comes to technology failing,
a broken rearview camera could be
caused by a build-up of moisture, a collision, or factory error. If your camera has broken down shortly after purchasing your truck,
there’s a chance that this part is still
covered under warranty.
There are other types of problems that can occur with your backup camera after
installing any components on your
truck’s tailgate. Since the backup camera is mounted on the tailgate, any
installation made in this area could
unintentionally result in a malfunctioning camera.
Short or Blown Fuse
Like any other error with an electrical component in your
truck, your backup camera’s failure to
function could be caused by a short or a blown fuse.
In the case that it is a blown fuse, all you need to do is find the backup camera
fuse in the fusebox and replace it.
If you suspect that the problem with your F-150’s backup camera is a short, then
the process of fixing it is a tad
more complicated. That being said, a short is a problem that can affect your truck's battery as well. For this, you
will need a circuit test light and some way to insulate the wire. Start by
disconnecting the negative terminal from
your truck’s battery and placing one end of the test circuit on that terminal.
On these systems, there will be a
light that turns on to indicate a short. When normally testing your truck for a
short, you would remove one fuse from
the fuse box at a time and wait for the short indicator light to turn off. In
this case, we only care about the
If the light does turn off when the backup camera fuse is removed, then that is
the location of the short. Now,
finding the exact location of the short is a bit more of an involved process. A
good start is carefully looking
throughout the circuit to see if you can spot any exposed wires. If you do, then
all they need is some insulation so
that they don’t continue to leak.
Another reason that your F-150’s backup camera could be
malfunctioning is that the shifter is
misaligned. If your truck doesn’t know when you have placed your vehicle in
reverse, then the backup camera won’t be
displayed when backing out. You can check if this is the issue by checking the
gear indicator light on your truck’s
dash. If it doesn’t indicate that you an in reverse while you are, then the
shifter misalignment is why your backup
camera isn’t working.
While this is a simple fix, it does require that you remove some of the plastic
shroud around the steering column.
The position of the gear selector is determined by a small thumbwheel. To fix
it, all you need to do is roll the
wheel until the proper gear is selected.
This isn’t the sole problem that could exist in your F-150’s shifter linkage, but
this is the most common by far.
If your backup camera isn’t still isn’t working after you’ve checked these
potential issues, then you should
certainly take it to the shop. At the end of the day, backup camera problems are
more electrical than mechanical.
Even if you are an experienced wrencher, you may not have the same amount of
experience soldering, rewiring and
rebooting. Regardless, CJ Pony Parts has the parts you may need to fix your
F150’s backup camera. From fuses to replacement backup cameras, we’ve got what you need to get out of your
driveway and back on the road.
Sources: Backup Camera Intermittent Issues, F-150 Forum | Back-Up Camera Intermittently Not Work, Raptor Forumz |