02-25-2017 08:23 AM
02-25-2017 05:52 PM
I can run all the wires, only thing I am sketchy about is the taping of the fuses, still need to pick up the mini fuse taps and already know which two fuses I will be taping, just need someone that knows how to do it to verify if I am doing it right. was asking for the price as a back up plan if I can't get a little info. think I might be ok though, thanks for the information none the less
02-25-2017 07:23 PM
Unfortunatley tapping into a fuse box would get any of our autotechs on a warning because it is not a "proper connection" for our lifetime labor warranty. I know that they exist honestly never used one, and it is much easier to find a wire to military splice and solder IMO. I don't want to waste your time by driving to a shop to have that question as that wouldn't be the way that we install here, unfortunately. We do have all the resources available to us to locate retained accessories and other switched 12+ wires, which I would encourage, but again I have seen far far worse than a fuse tap.
Please know that I am not judging you, but more guiding you to a better way to interface your connections. A multimeter is always a great tool for testing wires and I couldn't live without one. They are super cheap and can allow the installation to go much faster, and look cleaner without wires going to the front of your fuse box. Best of luck!
02-26-2017 07:40 PM
the reason I am doing it with the tap is because it is the easiest way to reverses it if I would ever sell the car and want to install it in another vehicle. I know of many that have done it this way with no issue but those people don't live near me.
04-18-2017 07:25 PM
I have run all the wires and have the camera working perfectly except one thing, can't get it to switch to Park mode. No way a tech could look at is and give me an idea or complete it?
04-18-2017 09:56 PM
The car will have to be in the off position and should automatically kick on if the wires were connected appropriately. Please make sure the fused line is connected to a constant wire, the wire colors are flip-flopped from standard colors, and this could be causing the issue. Verify that connection is appropriate, and if you still need further assistance, an Autotech in store could help you get this up and running. The standard custom labor charge is $24.99 per 1/4 hour, but the tech should be able to provide you a closer quote by taking a peek, but again as I stated before, they may have to charge for a full installation if the connections were done as you previously stated.
We have to make sure the connections solid through and through so that we can warranty it for a lifetime, and this may require a complete re-wire, but the tech should be more than willing to provide you with all information and as close to accurate of quotes when they see the work. I do apologize if this wasn't the news you were hoping to hear, but it is my hopes that you can understand that we have to connect in certain ways to uphold MECP standards throughout all the vehicles we work on for our jobs, and our customers cars safety!
Thanks again for writing with the community and don't hesitate to schedule your appointment anytime! Best of luck!
04-19-2017 08:11 PM
thanks for your response, did some research on line and discoverd that Thinkware made some of there hardwire kits with the wires colors reversed, when I recieved mine it didn't have the wires labeled so I went to the Thinkware site forum and found a tech post on there that said what the colors were for what and I wrote that down and used it a a templet to connect the fuse taps. didn't even notice the wire with the inline was connected to the switched fuse. once I read that in your post it got me thinking and surfing the net. simply switched the fuses out of one to the other and vice versa, making sure the one with the inline fuse was goint to the constant power and voila all is good thanks for the heads up !!!
08-27-2017 06:23 PM
Does that mean Geeksquad does not install hardwire kits for dashcams? Specifically kits that run the power cable from the dashcam to the fuse box.
Or do you have an alternate method of tapping into a wire to provide power for a dash cam?
Either method is fine with me. I just don't want to run a cable from a cigeratte outlet to my dashcam because I don't like the wire showing and the outlet occupied.
08-31-2017 04:33 PM
We do install hardwire kits for the dash cams. There is other ways of doing it if there is not a kit available for that cam specifically, like a cig socket adapter and such.