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Fitting a dashcam to a 2018 Skoda Fabia

Dashcams generally come with a cigarette lighter power connection which means having an ugly cable coming out of the dashboard. Modern Skodas also seem to have 'always on' power to the cigarette lighter so a dashcam connected to it would remain on even when the ignition is turned off - this could flatten the battery. Hardwiring the dashcam into the fusebox solves both of these problems - hopefully the instructions below will save you some time!

Parts

Tools

Remember to follow all safety warnings in the hardwire kit and the camera manual

Steps

  1. Check the camera works - you can do that either with the supplied cable which plugs into the cigarette lighter socket, or with a mini USB cable using a phone charger or plugged into your computer.
  2. Insert the micro SD card and format it using the appropriate option in the camera settings.
  3. Mount the camera on the rearview mirror using the supplied rubber fasteners.
    Turn off the ignition before opening the fusebox
  4. Open the interior fuse box - on my 2018 Skoda Fabia, this is below the steering wheel and opens by pulling on the bottom.
  5. Find a suitable fuse to connect the hardwire kit too. This should be a fuse that only gets power when the ignition is turned on.
    • I initially tried connecting it to the rear wiper fuse, but it seems this is powered even with the ignition off, I eventually found that I could use the empty slot for the 'Heated Windscreen washer jets' fuse (I don't have that feature!) See the image below.
      Fusebox
  6. Choose the appropriately sized connector from the hardwire kit depending on the size of fuse you are replacing.
  7. Remove the fuse, if you're not using an empty slot, and plug the fuse into the space on the connector.
  8. Plug the connector into the fusebox.
  9. Find an appropriately ground point - the easiest one I could find was behind the panel on the driver's side of the dashboard (open the door to find it)
    • Use the plastic tool to lever off the dashboard panel and expose the rear of the dashboard.
      Ground Location
  10. Use the T20 Torx screwdriver to loosen the bolt as shown in the picture above.
  11. Connect the black wire from the hardwire kit and tighten the bolt again.
  12. Feed the red wire from the hardwire kit into the fusebox from behind. I used one of the holes at the top of the fusebox which the door clips into. See the top picture above for the location.
  13. Connect the red wire to the connector you plugged in to the fusebox.
  14. Connect the micro USB connector at the end of the hardwire kit black cable to the mirror and check it all works as expected when you turn on the ignition.
    • it should turn off a few seconds after powering off the ignition too!
  15. Pull down gently on the ceiling covering by the windscreen above the rearview mirror and tuck the cable in. Work your way along to the pillar at the driver's side of the windscreen.
    • Push the ceiling cover back into place as you go along, you should feel it 'pop' into place.
  16. Gently lever the pillar trim away from the ceiling cover enough to tuck the cable in and work your way round to the black rubber strip that runs down towards the dashboard.
    • Press the trim back into place
  17. Run the cable down behind the plastic trim under the rubber strip, work it in neatly so that the rubber strip lies flat.
  18. Once you get the cable down to the apace behind the dashboard, neatly bundle any extra cable and zip-tie or tape it to the metal frame.
  19. Neatly bundle the red and black wires and zip-tie or tape them similarly.
    • The small box on the hardwire kit can be tucked behind the plastic - make sure nothing will rattle when you're driving.
  20. Clip the side panel and fusebox covers on - be careful with the red wire which could be caught by the fusebox door (push it to the bottom of the hole)
  21. Turn on the ignition and test.

Job done! Easy!

Note: I have not connected the rear camera as I don't see a tidy way of routing the cable from the rear of the ceiling to the back window (and I don't want to drill a hole to mount it on the outside by the number plate), but I have tested that it works when plugged in to the front camera. Routing the cable behind the ceiling above the doors should be straightforward.

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