Ford F-150 Backup Camera Not Working [How to Fix]

Your Ford F-150 backup camera used to work great. But now, it has suddenly developed problems.

If this is you, I’ve written this article to help you resolve the problem with your backup camera.

Ford F-150 Backup Camera

First, let’s look at the issues preventing your backup camera from working.

Your Ford F-150 backup camera may stop working because of exposed wires, a blown fuse, a shifter misalignment, or a dirty lens. Other reasons that prevent the Ford F-150 backup camera from working are rusty wires, outdated software, and a damaged camera.

That said, keep reading to learn how to resolve these issues.

How to Fix Ford F-150 Backup Camera Problems

Insulate Exposed Wires in Your Engine Compartment

One common problem across Ford F-150 backup cameras is that the device doesn’t get a signal. If you’re facing this issue, your backup camera will display this message: No signal to rear-view camera detected. At first, this problem occurs intermittently, but it may later develop into a permanent issue.

The usual culprit behind this issue is a short circuit. When your vehicle develops a short circuit, the electronic devices in your car won’t get enough power. Without sufficient power, your backup camera can’t work.

If you are getting the no signal message, you’ll need to test your car for a short circuit. To do this, connect your negative battery terminal to a circuit tester. If the light on the tester turns on, you have a short circuit.

Next, you need to find the source of the short circuit. Shorts often occur because of exposed wires in your circuit.

Search the area around your battery for exposed wires. Once you find these wires, it’s time to insulate them. You can insulate the exposed wires on your vehicle with electrical tape.

Now, check if your backup camera is working. If it isn’t working, move on to the next step.

Replace Your Backup Camera’s Fuse

If your backup camera doesn’t get any signal after you’ve insulated the exposed wires in your car, the camera’s fuse might be blown. A blown fuse is another reason why your backup camera won’t get enough power.

You can fix this issue by replacing the blown fuse. But first, you have to confirm that the fuse is blown.

Locate your backup camera’s fuse in the fuse box below your steering wheel. Then, use the diagram on the fuse box cover to find the camera’s fuse. If the fuse diagram isn’t on the fuse box cover, look for the diagram in your owner’s manual.

After locating the fuse, turn it over and inspect it. If the fuse is blown, the metal strip inside the fuse will be broken at the center.

Change your backup camera’s fuse if it is blown. Ensure that the replacement fuse has the same color and amperage as the old fuse.

Is your backup camera working now? If not, try the next tip.

 Align Your Shifter Properly

Your Ford F-150 may fail to work because your shifter is not aligned correctly.

When you shift your gear to Reverse, your shifter is supposed to trigger your backup camera, so the device turns on. But if the shifter is misaligned, it won’t be able to communicate with your backup camera. So, the camera won’t turn on.

The only way to eliminate this issue is to align your shifter correctly.

Follow these steps to re-align the shifter in your Ford F-150:

  • Shift your gear to Reverse.
  • Go underneath your dashboard, directly below the shift cable.
  • Look for the slider under the cable.
  • You’ll find a yellow clip below this slider.
  • Use your flathead screwdriver to pry out the clip.
  • Once the clip is loose, the slider will move into the correct position.
  • Push the yellow clip back down.
  • Your shifter is now aligned correctly.

If your backup camera fails to work after this, check out the next tip.

Wipe Your Backup Camera’s Lens

If your Ford F-150 backup camera displays a fuzzy image when you put your gear in Reverse, the camera’s lens might be dirty. Cleaning the lens will resolve this problem.

Start by taking out the backup camera from the back of your car. Then, pull out the lens and clean it with a clean microfiber cloth. Also, remove any foreign objects around the lens.

If you still see a foggy image on your backup camera after cleaning it, continue to the next tip.

Related: How to Fix Ford Explorer Backup Camera Problems.

Update Your Ford Sync Software

Another issue with Ford F150 backup cameras is that the screen blinks often until it finally goes off. The culprit behind this problem is outdated Ford SYNC software.

Outdated infotainment software exposes the backup camera to bugs and viruses, which can eventually destroy the camera’s functioning.

Luckily, you can solve this problem by updating your Ford SYNC software. A software update will eliminate the bugs in your backup camera, and improve the performance of the device.

Take the following steps to update your Ford SYNC software:

  • Tap on the Settings icon at the bottom of your screen.
  • Then, click on General.
  • Scroll to About Sync.
  • You’ll see the current software version on your system.
  • Now, click on the Settings icon. Then select Wi-Fi.
  • Toggle the button beside the Wi-Fi option to turn it on.
  • Next, click on Wi-Fi Available Networks.
  • Click on the Wi-Fi Network you want to connect to.
  • Enter the Wi-Fi password.
  • Once your vehicle is successfully connected to Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi signal icon will appear at the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Go back to the Settings screen and click on Automatic Updates.
  • Turn on the Automatic Updates option to avoid repeating this process in the future.
  • Then, select Scan for Updates.
  • Your system will find the update and start downloading it.
  • After downloading the update, it will install it.
  • The download and installation may take up to 2 hours, depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi.
  • You can confirm that your software update is successful.
  • To do this, tap on Settings and select General.
  • Then, choose About Sync.
  • If the software update version under this tab has changed from the previous version, the update was successful.

If your backup camera is still acting up after you’ve updated your Ford SYNC software, try the next tip.

Check and Fix Wiring Issues

If your backup camera’s wires are rusty, the camera won’t work. This is because the wiring is responsible for delivering electric currents, a feature necessary for the camera’s operation.

Start by pulling down your liftgate and checking the backup camera’s wires. If the wires are rusty, you’ll need to repair them.

You can fix your rusty wires by replacing your camera’s connector.

Here’s how to replace your Ford F-150 backup camera’s connector:

  • Detach your connector from the liftgate.
  • Using your needle nose pliers, cut the camera’s wires in the rusty area.
  • Grab your new connector.
  • Use a wire stripper to remove the insulation on the connector’s and camera’s wires.
  • Fan out the exposed wires.
  • Twist the connector’s and camera’s wires together.
  • Then, seal the joint with solder.
  • Once the solder has melted over every area of the twisted wires, wait for it to cool.
  • Then, cover up the joints with electrical tape.

Your backup camera should be displaying your rear-view image properly now. However, if the device is still malfunctioning, don’t give up yet. The final tip could fix the problem.

Related: How to Troubleshoot Ford Escape Backup Camera Problems.

Replace Your Backup Camera

If none of the tips above fixes your Ford F-150 backup camera, it’s safe to conclude that the backup camera is damaged. In that case, you’ll have to replace the camera.

The tools you need for the replacement are a flathead screwdriver, a 7mm socket and extension, and a T25 torx bit.

Follow this guide when replacing the backup camera in your Ford F-150:

  • Use your flathead screwdriver to pry out the Ford nameplate at the back of your backup camera.
  • You’ll see about two 7mm bolts mounted on the nameplate panel.
  • Use a 7mm socket and ratchet to remove these bolts.
  • Now, pull out the panel.
  • You’ll notice your backup camera at the back of the panel, with three T25 torx screws holding it down.
  • Remove the screws with your T25 torx bit.
  • You can now detach your backup camera from the nameplate panel.
  • Next, disconnect your backup camera’s connector from the camera.
  • You can remove the connector by pulling it out of the connection point on the camera.
  • After detaching the connector from the backup camera, you still need to remove the camera from its housing.
  • To do this, use your flathead screwdriver to push the clip on the housing.
  • Once you’ve released your old backup camera, grab the new one.
  • Push the new camera back onto the camera’s housing.
  • Then, reconnect the camera to its connector.
  • Re-install the T25 torx screws to attach your backup camera to the nameplate panel.
  • Then, push down the panel to hide the camera.
  • Drive the 7mm bolts back onto the nameplate panel.
  • Re-attach your Ford nameplate onto the panel.
  • If the nameplate won’t stick to the panel, you’ll have to get a new one.

Your new backup camera should work perfectly.

See more troubleshooting tips in the video below:

Wrapping Up

The fastest ways to fix a Ford F150 backup camera is to insulate the exposed wires on the battery and change the camera’s fuse. If these simple fixes don’t work, you can try aligning your shifter or cleaning your camera’s lens. Other ways to repair a faulty backup camera are a wire splice and a camera replacement.

But if your backup camera fails to work after you’ve applied all these solutions, contact your dealer.