Troubleshooting Mercedes GLA Reverse Camera Not Functioning

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Mercedes GLA accepts a reverse camera with the help of a module. This means, every time you go into reverse, the camera will turn on, allowing you to reverse safely.

The reverse camera is installed on the license plate. The camera offers a 120° viewing angle, which is the finest for rear viewing. With a viewing angle of 120°, everything behind the car can be viewed without distortion.

A reversing camera is an excellent tool that is enormously beneficial, preventing accidents, helping with parking and lots more. While most reversing camera kit systems are designed for reliability and longevity, sometimes even the best technology can encounter problems and maybe even fail.

If you're having problems with your reversing camera system, the good news is that the majority of faults are small and can be fixed quickly and easily. This article takes a look at some of the most prevalent rear vision camera issues and how to troubleshoot them.

Table Of Content

  1. Where do you start?
  2. Image quality issues
  3. Black and white images are shown instead of clear coloured images
  4. When in reverse gear, the camera does not come up, or no image appears on the screen
  5. A 'No Signal' message is displayed
  6. Conclusion

1. Where Do You Start?

When you're dealing with a challenging problem, you may feel as if you don't know what to do next. When it comes to problems with your backup camera, the first thing you need to figure out is how much control you have over the situation. If your backup camera issues appear overwhelming or beyond your abilities, seek assistance from a mechanic.

Mercedes GLS

If you're a dedicated DIYer, though, having the equipment and knowledge to grasp how a car electrical system's functions might be invaluable in your troubleshooting efforts. Here are some of the problems you are likely to counter with your Mercedes GLA rearview camera and how to fix them;

2. Image Quality Issues

The purpose of a rear vision camera is to capture the action behind the vehicle in the best possible clarity. There may be dirt on the camera if the display isn't presenting a clean, high-quality image and instead gives you a hazy or grainy image. Due to their proximity to the ground, cameras acquire dust, wetness, and mud. To remove any debris or dust, wipe the camera with a soft cloth.

Rear view on infotainment display

3. Black And White Images Are Shown Instead Of Clear Coloured Images

A black-and-white image can be displayed due to frayed cables or defective connections. You likely have a frayed wire or a defective connection if your display is flashing or giving you black and white static. Make sure your system's wires and connectors are all linked and, if necessary, fix any damage.

4. When In Reverse Gear, The Camera Does Not Come Up Or No Image Appears On The Screen

Rear view on display when reversing

Reversing cameras begin recording as soon as the reverse gear is engaged. If the image does not appear right away, there is an issue somewhere in the system. There are a few options available to you:

  • Check the supplier's handbook to make sure the kit is installed and configured correctly.
  • Check the wiring - if there are any loose or badly connected wires, the photographs may not be delivered.

If your display won't turn on at all, it's most likely a display issue rather than a camera issue. It could be that the monitor is damaged or broken, or that it is improperly connected (you have to ensure that you're sending the necessary amount of electricity to the display).

Reverse packing view

5. A 'No Signal' Message Is Displayed

Your camera could be sending you this notification for a variety of reasons. If it's a Wi-Fi camera that was previously working, the camera likely has to be reset. Check the wiring and power cords as well, as a wire or a cord may have frayed or become separated.

Check your fuses and power cords for the camera (which are normally placed below the trunk panel of your car). It's possible that a fuse blew or that a wire frayed and became disconnected. (With these kinds of problems, this is generally the best-case situation.)

Rear camera module

If you have a wired backup camera, the issue is more than likely wiring. Checking your fuses to make sure everything is connected (and not blown) and following the cabling and wires from the camera to the display should uncover the issue.

NOTE: If the display is turning on and there isn't any indication that there is a signal after trying all the above troubleshooting procedures, then the problem could be with your camera. Examine it for damage and, if required, replace it.

Where rear camera is installed

6. Conclusion

These are just a handful of the problems your rear vision camera system could encounter. The majority of these issues aren't too complicated and can be resolved with some easy checks and upkeep. If the issues remain, you'll probably need a new reversing camera system.

It's a nightmare when your backup camera suddenly quits working. This technology is quite advantageous, as it prevents accidents and assists with parallel parking, among other things. You'll be left with one less tool in your safe driving toolbox if it goes out.