The backup camera of vehicles is one of the coolest features ever, in my opinion. Not only does it help you park like a pro, but it also prevents accidental crushing with vehicles parked behind yours.
However, using such backup cameras for my Toyota, I also found that these cameras can run into problems at any time. Things like blank screens, blurry cameras, no gridline, etc., are some of the common ones. So why not just discuss the common Toyota backup camera problems and learn how to fix them?
Toyota Backup Camera Problems: Quick Solutions
Don’t have much time in hand? No worries! Here is a quick solution table where I have listed the problems you can face with your backup camera, what causes them, and how you can solve the problems. Still, make sure to check out the full article later.
No Grid Lines
Faulty setup, steering wheel not adjusted
Setup needs to be adjusted
Grid Line Off-Center
The camera is not aligned properly
Reinstall the camera or fix the alignment
Camera Not Engaging/Turning On
Blown fuse, wiring issue
Fix the wiring or replace the blown fuse
Dirt over camera lens, fog or internal condensation, connection problems, exterior damage, etc.
Clean the camera, regulate water flow to avoid condensation, fix any faulty connection, or get it checked by a professional.
Loose or faulty wire connection, broken harness, damaged camera
Fix the connection, replace the damaged wire, reset the camera setting, or contact the dealer
Camera Does Not Work When It Rains
Faulty wiring at the tailgate, corrosion issue
Connect the wires properly, and take it to a professional for corrosion issues.
Toyota Backup Camera Problems: A Detailed Explanation
The table above gives you an estimated idea of what can cause the backup camera to act up. If you have enough time in hand, I urge you to read the detailed explanations below.
1. No Grid Lines
The grid lines you see when the camera gets activated are what you need to guide your vehicle as you put it in reverse. But once in a while, you may find that the yellow grid line has disappeared completely while the red or green lines are still there. But without the yellow grid lines, the backup camera will fail to serve its purpose.
The most common cause behind this most common problem is a faulty system setup. That is why you will notice an exclamation mark inside a square on top of the screen. It can also happen if the wheels are not aligned properly when you take the gear off.
2. Grid Lines Off-Center
The grid lines that you see through your backup camera are aligned with your back wheels. But once I noticed that one of my Toyotas did not have the grid lines aligned. Instead, one of the lines is way over the vehicle’s visible back part while the other one is way off it. So even though they were aligned with my vehicle wheels, they were not right.
3. Camera Not Engaging/Turning On
The backup camera on your Toyota helps the driver to drive backward and park the vehicle easily. So the camera turns on as soon as you put the vehicle in reverse.
But if it doesn’t turn on instantly or do anything, it can be a problem. It also means the camera is not engaging for some reason.
Now I must tell you that it’s not really a good sign. Usually, when the camera does not engage, it means you have a wiring problem or there is a blown fuse.
4. Blue Screen
Having a blue screen is not as common as having no grid line as your backup camera gets turned on. In some cases, you will notice that the screen has gone entirely blue. On another occasion, you may notice that all you see is the grid lines in the blue screen. Either way, it could be because there is a faulty wire connection, a broken harness or the camera itself could be damaged.
5. Blurry Vision
The backup camera usually comes with a plastic lens which becomes blurry over time. But if the vision becomes blurry, you will have a hard time putting the vehicle in reverse. Not to mention the damage it can do over time if the matter is left unattended. However, there are a number of reasons that need to be addressed if your backup camera seems blurry.
The most common reason why it happens is because the lens gathers dirt, dust, and other particles over time. Besides, lenses often tend to fog up due to the surroundings. On top of that, if there is a condensation problem, the camera will become blurry. Hardware damage, loose or faulty connections, etc. are also responsible for the camera appearing blurry.
6. Camera Does Not Work When It Rains
The way a backup camera is manufactured, it is meant to work no matter what the weather condition is. Yet sometimes, users say that their backup camera malfunctions when it rains. Well, maybe rain has nothing to do with it unless water got inside the camera.
Your backup camera probably has loose wiring at the tailgate or there must be a corrosion problem. Either way, the camera does not seem to work properly when the weather gets harsh.
How To Maintain Toyota Backup Cameras
Since you rely on your backup camera for various purposes, having a malfunctioned or blurry camera is the last thing you need on a busy day. So the best way to avoid such a problem is to make sure the camera is properly maintained. And here is how you can ensure that.
Be Familiar With Troubleshooting
As you can see, most of the rearview camera problems can be solved without requiring any professional help. That is why knowing how to recognize the signs and fix the issues comes in handy and is cost-saving.
Clean The Lens Regularly
The backup camera is installed at the rear exterior of the car. So it is natural for the camera to gather dirt and dust on a regular basis. As you have read already, this can cause various issues. And one of them includes blurry vision.
On top of that, leaving the camera unclean longer can cause other internal issues. That is why it is necessary to clean the camera lens using a lens cleaner from time to time.
Protect The Camera From Damage
The backup camera is prone to physical damage as it is a small and lightweight device. So try to avoid impacts and keep the vehicle covered when not in use.
Check The Wiring
Loose, worn out, and damaged wiring causes the backup camera to malfunction. In fact, it is one of the common reasons why the backup camera acts up frequently and for a long time. So make sure to check on the wiring regularly. Tighten them if they seem loose and if you notice signs of damage or wear, it is best to replace the wires before they get worse.
Keep The Software Updated
Keeping the software up helps remove bugs and other issues related to camera malfunction. So make sure to keep the software updated.
Don’t Ignore The Signs
While it is entirely impossible to avoid backup camera issues forever. However, you can try dodging many of them if you watch out for the signs that I mentioned in the troubleshooting part.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I turn on my Toyota backup camera?
Since the backup camera is connected to the vehicle’s reverse system, all you have to do is put the vehicle in reverse. This will turn on the backup camera.
How do I turn off the backup camera?
As soon as you put your vehicle off the gear, the camera will switch off on its own. That means, the camera will get switched off when you put the gear on drive or park.
Can I record videos with my Toyota backup camera?
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to record video with your backup camera. It only provides you with a view as you put your vehicle in reverse to help you see where the vehicle is going. Some of the new model has the option to record footage.
How long does a backup camera last?
Backup cameras can last as much as 5 to 10 years. It all depends on the camera quality, installation system, road or weather conditions that the vehicle or camera goes through, proper maintenance, etc.
How to Replace Rear Camera for Toyota
It is natural for the Toyota backup camera to go through certain issues once in a while. But the ones I mentioned are the most common Toyota backup camera problems. Now that you know how to fix them or what steps to take, you can fix these issues effortlessly before things get worse.
Besides, knowing these troubleshooting tips will help you keep the camera running for a long time. However, if you fail to determine the issue, it is best to call an expert or take the camera to the dealer for further assistance.