Re: Parkview Camera (reverse camera) Alignment
I really wish I would have had a camera during the process to document the process, unfortunately I didn't have one handy. It's quite simple and can be done in around 20-30 min.
1. Open liftgate.
2. Remove lower half of interior trim cladding on liftgate. There are the typical mopar plastic clips around the perimeter. A trim removal tool is suggested, but some folks prefer a flat blade screwdriver ot puddy knife. There is a triangular piece of bottom of trim that DOES NOT require removal in order to remove the entire liftgate trim.
3. Carefully lower the trim cladding so you can access the connectors for the 2 courtesy lights in trim panel.
4. Disconnect the connectors for lights and set trim cladding aside.
5. From the back side of the liftgate, locate and remove the 4x (10mm) nuts in the center of liftgate. These secure the outer trim strip on the outside of the liftgate. The nuts are about 10 inches apart from each other.
6. Lower the liftgate.
7. Gently pry on the center trim strip and it should seperate from the liftgate.
8. Flip trim strip upside down to access the camera. (I personally left all of the wiring connected to the strip as there is adequate room to work with and also not to disturb what I didn't feel the need to.)
**9. From the backside, draw an alignment mark on either the top or bottom of camera that extends to the mount so upon reassembly, you won't install the camera backwards by mistake.
10. Locate/remove the 2x (5mm) bolts that secure the camera mount.
(Optional)11. This step can be skipped, but you may remove the camera completely from the mount to take a closer look at it, touch it, share a story etc... Face it. We're all gearheads here and we are curious.
12. Depending on the misalignment of your camera, you will need to add some sort of "shim" to the lowest side of the camera mount to compensate. Place the shim(s) of choice UNDER the part of the camera mount which the bolt goes though. I personally used very thin "spring washers" to perform the necessary adjustments. These are paper thin unlike standard washers most people are familiar with. The center of the washers were appx 1/8" which was plenty of room for the mounting bolts to go through with no problem.
13. After you add the shims and reinstall the camera to the mount, reinstall the outer trip and secure via the 4x (10mm) nuts you previously removed.
14. Verify camera alignment. Add/remove washers as necessary.
15. Reinstall lower liftgate trim (Don't forget to connect the courtesy lights!!!)