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As a proud Range Rover owner and mechanic, it’s not news to me that Range Rovers have a reputation for being unreliable.
But hey, at least their backup cameras work like a charm, right? Wrong.
If you’re here, you’re probably experiencing the same issue I did with my Range Rover Sport: a backup camera that just won’t clear up.
In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know about fixing a blurry Range Rover Sport backup camera.
From possible OBD codes to tools and parts you’ll need, to a step-by-step guide on how to fix it yourself, we’ve got you covered.
What models are affected?
- Land Rover Defender
- Range Rover Discovery
- Range Rover Evoque
- Range Rover Sport
- Range Rover Velar
- Range Rover Vogue
Signs and symptoms
If your Range Rover Sport backup camera is blurry or not showing a clear image, it may be due to a number of reasons.
Some common signs and symptoms of a backup camera that isn’t clear include:
- Blurry or out-of-focus image
- Fuzzy lines or general distortion on the screen
- Image that’s too bright or too dark
- Image that’s too dim or too saturated
- Image that’s plain black or shows only a few pixels
List of possible OBD codes
Before diagnosing the problem, it’s always a good idea to check your vehicle’s OBD codes.
Here are some possible OBD codes that may be relevant to a Range Rover Sport backup camera that isn’t clear:
- U0155- Lost Communication With Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) Control Module
- U0155- Lost Communication With Active Suspension Control Module
- U0140- Lost Communication With Body Control Module (BCM)
- U0100- Lost Communication With ECM/PCM Module
- U0199- Lost Communication With Door Control Module A
Now, let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of a blurry backup camera in a Range Rover Sport.
- Damaged lens- Dirt, debris, or scratches on the camera lens could cause the image to be blurry or fuzzy.
- Internal condensation: If there’s been a change in temperature, moisture could accumulate inside the camera lens leading to internal condensation that results in a blurry image.
- Loose wiring or connectors: Wiring or connectors may become loose over time or due to vibrations. This could lead to a loss of power or signal to the backup camera causing it to malfunction.
- A faulty camera or a bad unit: The camera itself may be faulty or there may be a bad component unit in the camera causing it to deliver a blurry image.
Can it be fixed without a mechanic?
If you have a mechanical background and are comfortable working with electrical components, you can fix most of the issues with the backup camera yourself. However, if you’re not confident about working with the electrical system or if the issue turns out to be complicated, it’s best to consult with a professional mechanic.
Parts you’ll need to fix it
Here’s a list of what you might need to fix a blurry backup camera in your Range Rover Sport:
- A new camera
- Camera lens cleaner
- Heat gun
- Soldering kit
- Electrical tape
- Replacement wiring connectors
- Torx screwdriver
Tools you’ll need to fix it
In addition to the above-mentioned parts, you’ll need the following tools to fix your backup camera:
- Jack stand or ramp
- Wheel chocks
- Socket wrench set
- Wire cutter
How to fix it
Now that you have a list of parts and tools, let’s go through the step-by-step process of fixing a blurry backup camera in your Range Rover Sport:
- Disconnect the battery: Before you start fixing anything electrical, always disconnect your vehicle’s battery. You don’t want any mishaps or shocks during the process.
- Remove the camera: Check your Range Rover Sport’s owner manual to see how you can access the backup camera. After accessing the camera, remove it from its mount and disconnect any wiring connected to it.
- Clean the camera lens: If you notice dirt, debris, or any other visual obstruction on your camera lens, use a camera lens cleaner to clean it. Cleaning the lens will usually resolve blurry images due to obstruction on the lens.
- Check for internal condensation: If you recently washed your car or there was an abrupt change in temperature, moisture may have accumulated inside the camera. Use a heat gun to get rid of moisture or wait for it to dissipate naturally.
- Replace the camera: If the camera lens is clean and there’s no internal condensation, the camera itself may be faulty or have a bad component unit. Consider replacing the backup camera with a new one.
- Check for loose wiring: If you notice any loose wiring or connections, use a soldering kit to fix them. Use electrical tape to wrap the connections to avoid water and dust from penetrating.
- Reconnect the camera: Reconnect any wires that were detached from the camera. Reinstall the camera in the exact position it was before.
- Reconnect the battery: Now that you’re done fixing the backup camera, reconnect the car battery you disconnected in step 1.
Potential alternative causes
While the above-listed causes are the most common ones, there may be other causes for a blurry backup camera in a Range Rover Sport.
For example, check to see if the camera is obscured by a cover or any dirt/debris on the back of the vehicle.
Check if the software is up-to-date or if there are any software glitches that could contribute to the problem.
How do I clean a camera lens with a scratch?
If the lens has a minor scratch, use a scratch remover on it. If the scratch is too deep, you may need to replace the lens.
Will I need any special tools to fix my backup camera?
No, you won’t need any special tools to fix your backup camera. However, basic electrical tools are a must, and a multimeter, soldering kit with wire connectors/tape may be handy.
Can I still drive my Range Rover Sport with a blurry backup camera?
While it’s possible to do it, it’s not advisable to do so. A backup camera is an important safety feature that helps you see the environment behind you while reversing.
Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023