Driving your Honda Accord without a functional backup camera is dangerous. Since you can’t see your rear view properly, you might jam the car into a pole while trying to reverse. That’s why you need to repair your backup camera as soon as it stops working.
In this post, I’ll show you how to fix your backup camera, so you can resume using it immediately.
Common reasons why your 2017 Honda Accord backup camera may stop working include low brightness, a blown fuse, bad connectors, and outdated software.
I’ll explain the causes and solutions of backup camera issues in 2017 Honda Accord cars in detail below.
Reasons Your 2017 Honda Accord Backup Camera is Not Working
Your 2017 Honda Accord backup camera may not be working because of the following:
- It isn’t bright enough
- The connectors are faulty
- The camera’s lens is dirty
- The camera’s fuse is loose
- Your car is malfunctioning
- Your vehicle’s software is outdated
- The camera is broken.
How to Fix a Faulty Backup Camera in Honda Accord (2017 Model)
Adjust the Camera’s Brightness
When your backup camera’s screen is completely dark, you might think that the camera has stopped working. But the camera might just be showing a black screen because its brightness is too low.
Once you increase the brightness of your backup camera, you should be able to see your rear-view image clearly on the camera’s screen.
Follow these steps to improve your backup camera’s brightness:
- Shift your gear to Reverse.
- The Settings icon will appear on the screen of the camera.
- Press the + button to brighten up the screen.
If you still can’t see the vehicles behind you on your backup camera after adjusting your brightness, try the next tip.
Change the Camera Connectors
Poor brightness isn’t the only reason your backup camera’s screen may turn black. Sometimes, the camera may have a black screen because it isn’t getting enough power. Perhaps the camera’s connectors aren’t transmitting enough power to the wires.
To fix this problem, you’ll need to change your camera’s connectors. But first, you should check whether there is sufficient power in the wires.
Use the wiring diagram in your owner’s manual to identify your backup camera’s wires. Once you find the wires, test them with a digital multimeter. Make sure this multimeter has AC (Alternating Current) and DC (Direct Current) settings.
Here’s how to measure the power in your wires with a digital multimeter:
- Disconnect the backup camera connector from your vehicle.
- Set your ignition key to RUN and shift your gear to Reverse.
- Set the multimeter to DC volts. Then use the multimeter to measure the power in the connector.
- The power in the connector should be about 8 volts DC.
- Next, you need to set your multimeter to AC settings to check the camera’s video signal.
- You should get about 1-volt AC.
- If your camera’s wires don’t have enough power, change your connector.
Your backup camera should start working properly after you’ve replaced its wire connectors.
Clean the Camera’s Lens
Your backup camera might be displaying the objects in your rearview, but the image may look foggy. A foggy display might indicate the camera’s lens is dirty.
Wipe your camera’s lens with a microfiber towel to remove the dirt from it. If the camera’s screen still looks blurry after you’ve cleaned it thoroughly, try the next tip.
Remove and Reconnect the Camera’s Fuse
Sometimes, your backup camera may not display images clearly because the device’s fuse has loosened from its fuse box. Since the camera’s fuse is properly connected to power, the camera won’t receive enough power. This is why the device can’t display images clearly.
To resolve this issue, you’ll need to remove and reconnect the camera’s fuse to its fuse box. Study the owner’s manual for your 2017 Honda Accord to locate the fuse. When reconnecting your fuse, ensure that you insert the fuse tightly into the fuse box.
After re-inserting your camera’s fuse into its fuse box, check if the device is displaying images clearly. If not, the fuse might be blown.
As such, you’ll need to replace the fuse. Ask your dealer to change your backup camera’s fuse.
Your backup camera should display images clearly after you’ve replaced your fuse.
Power Cycle Your Car
Just because your backup camera isn’t working doesn’t mean that there is a problem with the camera. Rather, the issue might be from your Honda Accord car.
If your car is malfunctioning, it may affect one or all of the devices in the vehicle. Power cycling the car should resolve this issue.
Here’s how to power cycle your 2017 Honda Accord car:
- Turn off your engine.
- Disconnect your battery terminals from the vehicle.
- Start your engine without your battery and run for a few minutes.
- Switch off your engine.
- Reconnect your battery terminals to your engine.
When you turn your engine back on, the backup camera should be working properly. But if it isn’t, check out the next tip.
Update Your Car’s Software
Another reason your backup camera may not work is outdated software. When your vehicle’s software becomes outdated, your backup camera and other devices in the car tend to malfunction. In most cases, the backup camera in a 2017 Honda Accord responds to outdated software by displaying a black screen or refusing to go off.
The only way to fix this problem is to update your vehicle’s software. Unlike with most cars, you can’t update the Honda Accord’s software by yourself. You’ll have to ask your dealer to update your car’s software.
Replace the Camera
If your backup camera fails to work after you’ve tried all the tips above, you might need to change the camera. You can get a replacement backup camera for your Honda Accord on Amazon.
Follow these steps to replace the backup camera in your 2017 Honda Accord:
- Detach your license plate from the back of your vehicle.
- Next, you need to remove the chrome strip outside the trunk. Your backup camera is behind the strip.
- If there is a carpet lining over the roof of your trunk, you’ll need to take it out before removing the chrome strip.
- Use a fastener remover to unscrew the plastic pins on the carpet lining.
- The roof should be exposed now.
- Look into the holes at each end of the roof. You should find a 10mm bolt in each hole.
- Unscrew these bolts with a 3/8 drive ratchet and a 10mm socket.
- Close your trunk.
- Now, use a plastic lever to pull out the chrome strip.
- Open your trunk again.
- Then, trace your backup camera’s connector to the front of the roof.
- You’ll notice a plastic tab holding down the camera.
- Push this plastic tab.
- While still pushing the tab, hold your camera’s connector from outside the trunk and remove the camera.
- Insert the new backup camera through the same opening where you’ve just removed the old camera. Then press the rubber gasket beside the opening to get the new camera to clip into the trunk.
- Place your chrome strip back onto the trunk and screw in the 10mm bolts.
Your new backup camera should be working properly.
If your backup camera keeps malfunctioning after you’ve tried all the tips here, ask your dealer for help. Your dealer will inspect the camera and resolve any underlying issues in the device.