Introduction: Hardwire a Dashcam, Cheap and Quick - Vauxhall Zafira
I found a dash cam for sale in BP station for £15 pounds.
I couldn't resist and knew if want it hardwired in to the ignition.
also brought an extension socket from poundland.
have a play with the dash cam before you install it, fully get to grips with the menu and get all the settings right following the instructions.
I'm not a car expert. so I've done this to the best of my ability, feel free to leave constructive criticism.
Step 1: Removing the Trim
find your 12v cigarette lighter on your vehicle and find out how to remove the trim.
on the zafira
you remove the diagnostic cover by pulling down with your finger through the hole.
pull the plastic trim with the cup holder out
use a screwdriver and wedge the trim off slowly from the two points in the picture, remember to do both sides of the Trim and it should lift off easily.
Step 2: Position + Cable.
clean the window and offer up the suction cup. check it doesn't cross your driving field and doesn't clash with the mirror or Sunvisor.
also check the length of cable will reach your point of power.
place the unit up and connect in your the usb and start dressing it back.
use a blunt piece of plastic this ruler worked well. slotting it up behind the head liner and tucking it in to the A piller trim.
I tucked it down the the door seal as there was a small gap inside the seal. and worked all the way to the seat frame tucked it into the frame and secure.
Step 3: Adding Another 12v Socket.
The main 12v socket is live at all times.
I wanted the camera to switch with the ignition.
pulld the clip from the 12v socket.
there was an T shaped connector and a smaller taped connection
I checked the orientation of the wires using a voltage meter.
Brown - ground
red - permanent live
black ignition live
I found a small fuse 7.5a that slotted in to the blacks connector. and used a female spade on the other. crimpped this to my extension socket.
the grounding wire can be taken to a suitable metal bolt or screw fixed to the body of the vehicle or as I have done piggy backing off the ground of the main socket.
I wiggle a screw driver in the connector and pushed out the spade
praised open the cable gripper and tried to disconnect it with no avail.
I settled for wrapping the ground leg around the copper and using the cable grip to crimp it down.
then reconnected it back to its holder and dressed and secured the cables back in to the console
checked the original socket first. working normally.
check your extension socket now and see if it switches with your ignition.
Step 4: Finish Up and Final Check
I cable tied the plug and the socket together and found a gap to slot it away under the passenger seat. I tucked the excess cable in the gaps under the rails.
be careful not to run it around or accross the rails for adjusting the seats.
replace the trim you've removed in reverse order. it should just clip together.
check it all works and angle the camera to get the best picture.