Lincoln MKX Backup Camera Not Working [Quick Fix]

Are you looking for a way to fix the faulty backup camera in your Lincoln MKX car? Then, you’ve come to the right place.

Lincoln MKX Backup Camera

In this article, we’ll discuss the issues that are preventing your backup camera from working. You’ll also learn how to fix each problem in simple steps.

Why Would My Lincoln MKX Backup Camera Just Stop Working?

Your Lincoln LMX backup camera has stopped working due to a functional issue, a dirty lens, or a blown fuse. Other issues that can prevent the backup camera from working are broken wires or a damaged system.

Keep reading to learn how to fix these problems.

How to Fix Lincoln MKX Backup Camera Not Working

Reboot Your Car

The most common reason why the Lincoln MKX backup camera stops working is a malfunction in the vehicle. Sometimes, the functional bugs affecting the car may spread to the electronic devices in the vehicle, one of which is the backup camera. This causes the devices to misbehave.

To fix this issue, you’ll need to reboot the car.

Follow these steps to power cycle your Lincoln MKX:

  • Turn off your engine.
  • Open your hood.
  • Unplug your negative battery terminal.
  • Wait for 30 seconds.
  • Replug the negative terminal.
  • Restart your car.

Now, check if your backup camera is working. If the camera is still acting up, move on to the next tip.

Clean Your Camera Lens

If your backup camera is displaying a blurry image or its screen is completely black, the camera’s lens might be dirty. Dust and dirt from the atmosphere may have escaped into the lens while you were driving. A large foreign object might also be obstructing the lens.

You can resolve this problem by cleaning your backup camera’s lens.

The following guide will help you clean the lens in your Lincoln MKX backup camera:

  • Remove your backup camera from the vehicle.
  • Take out any foreign objects hanging around the camera’s lens.
  • Pour a non-abrasive cleaner over a microfiber cloth.
  • Wipe your backup camera’s lens with the wet cloth.
  • Next, insert a cotton swab into a bottle of isopropyl alcohol.
  • Dab the lens with the swab.
  • Cut a piece of transparent tape to the size of your camera’s lens.
  • Place this tape over your lens.
  • This will prevent dirt from blocking the lens in the future.
  • Place your backup camera back inside your vehicle’s trunk.

Your backup camera should display your rearview image now. However, if the image on the camera still looks foggy, move on to the next tip.

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Replace the Camera’s Fuse

Another culprit behind a faulty backup camera in a Lincoln MKX is a blown fuse.

Your backup camera’s fuse regulates the amount of power that flows through the camera. So, if the fuse is blown, your backup camera won’t get enough current. Your backup camera can’t work without sufficient power.

You’ll need to replace your camera’s fuse to resolve this problem. But first, you should confirm that the fuse is blown.

Start by locating the camera’s fuse in the fuse box below the steering wheel. You can determine the exact location of the fuse by studying the diagram on the cover of the fuse box.

Once you find your backup camera’s fuse, pull it out and inspect it. If the metal strip inside the camera’s fuse is broken, the fuse is blown.

In that case, you’ll need to replace the fuse. Make sure the new fuse has the same color and amperage as the original one.

After changing your backup camera’s fuse, turn on the camera and check if it is working. If the camera still shows a blank screen, try the next tip.

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Splice Your Camera’s Wires

Is your backup camera only working intermittently? Then, chances are the camera’s wires are damaged.

The location of your backup camera’s wires at the back of your trunk is what causes the wires to break easily. The camera’s wires weaken as you pull the trunk up and down. Eventually, they become loose and break apart.

Without functional wires, your backup camera won’t get any power. So, the camera’s screen will be blank.

The only way to fix this issue is to splice your camera’s broken wires with new wires. You’ll need a new connector, a pair of pliers, a soldering iron, and a wire stripper to make the wire splice.

Here’s how to do that:

  • Detach your camera’s connector from the vehicle.
  • Using a pair of pliers, Cut off the connector from the camera’s wires.
  • Now, grab your new connector.
  • Use a wire stripper to remove some of the insulation on the broken wires connected to the camera.
  • Also, strip off a small piece of the insulation on the wires attached to the new connector.
  • Now, twist the bare parts of both wires together.
  • Heat up your soldering iron.
  • Place the iron beneath the spliced wires.
  • Then, feed the solder from the top of the wires.
  • Repeat this process across the spliced wires until every area is soldered.
  • Wait for the solder to cool down.
  • Wrap the soldered area in electrical tape.

After splicing your backup camera’s wires, turn on the camera. If the camera fails to work, move on to the next tip.

Replace Your Backup Camera

If your Lincoln MKX backup camera remains inactive after you’ve tried all the steps above, the camera is probably damaged. In that case, you’ll need to replace the device.

Here’s how to replace the backup camera in a Lincoln MKX:

  • Open your trunk.
  • Locate the four screws on the rear panel.
  • Pull out these screws with a Phillips head screwdriver.
  • This should loosen the panel.
  • Hold the rear panel at one corner and carefully pry it out.
  • Repeat the process for the other corners of the panel.
  • You’ll be able to remove the panel from the trunk now.
  • Search for the backup camera.
  • When you find the camera, trace the wires attached to the camera to its connector.
  • Detach the connector from the retaining bracket on the trunk.
  • Using a T20 torx drive, remove the screws on the retaining bracket.
  • After taking out the screws, pull out the backup camera.
  • Insert your new backup camera and replace all the screws you’ve removed.

Your Lincoln LMX backup camera should resume working after you’ve tried all these tips.