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Thinkware dashcam question

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Jul 26, 2013
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Thinkware dashcam question

Hey guys

I can't for the life of me figure out what I have done wrong here.

I have a Thinkware Fa200.

It worked perfectly when I had it hardwired into my old car.

I just moved into a 2014 CRV and everytime I've tried hardwiring it in, I've had problems.

The first time I tried to install it, the camera received power but wouldn't go into continuous record and parking mode as expected.

The camera would randomly say "continuous recording will now start" after quite some time into my drive. The green light was always on, even with the ignition off. It wouldn't go into parking mode properly.


Then, after unplugging my fuse taps and trying different circuits, the camera would not get any power at all.

I believe this is because an inline fuse (the glass encased wire) blew and so no power flowed to the camera.

Why are the inline fuses blowing? What would cause that to happen?
I believe this has happened to me twice now, and I've wrecked two hardwire cables.

I really can't understand what the problem is. I am hardwiring this in the same manner I did in my previous car, and it worked perfectly in that vehicle on the first try.

Thanks everyone
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If the inline fuse is blowing, either the camera is defective, or you have a break in the insulation that's short-circuiting to ground somewhere along the path where it runs. Could be rubbing on a sharp metal edge, or pierced by a metal screw.
[OP]
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Jul 26, 2013
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derass wrote: If the inline fuse is blowing, either the camera is defective, or you have a break in the insulation that's short-circuiting to ground somewhere along the path where it runs. Could be rubbing on a sharp metal edge, or pierced by a metal screw.
Hmm interesting..
I don't notice any break in the insulation unfortunately.
And I am actually on my second dash cam... I thought the first one failed me, but now I'm having the same issue with no power going to the new camera....
I'll try and get my hands on a cigarette lighter cable to check that the camera actually still works and confirm the problem is related to my hardwiring connection...

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