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Old 08-12-2017, 05:43 PM
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I could swear I found the instructions before, but I can't seem to now. Neither can I see how to fit this thing in-line with anything in the location I thought this part was supposed to go. I even looked online under the corresponding service bulletin TJ 27989. Not sure how I found the instructions a few weeks back.

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http://www.volvopartswebstore.com/pr.../31471726.html

I thought in went in here:



But I see no way to connect it. The only connector I can see is clearly for a different module entirely.





I swear, I saw instructions online someplace.

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Old 08-12-2017, 07:15 PM
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Ok, so I've found this which gives me some clues as to where I *might* be able to install this. I can't find the instructions that pointed to the LR trunk in the OP pic.

The only places I see in the SB diagram to attach the equalizer are either near the camera, or under the driver's seat.

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/20...54148-7155.pdf
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:51 PM
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The good news is ... I found it! I'm not crazy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7osd35qrih...LETIN.pdf?dl=0

The bad news is ... there is no connector where there is SUPPOSED TO BE ONE. I can only guess there's an error in the docs I've found or something. The doc showing the install of the complete cable harness clearly has no break / connector in it. Whereas the instructions for the equalizer show a cable harness going the same route but with a convenient connection right near the panel.

To be honest, I don't see how this equalizer can be installed in that location in my car at all. There's no way unless you can cut the video line and install those connector types. And I'm at a complete loss as to where to find those.

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Old 08-13-2017, 10:40 AM
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In an effort to make this easier to read, I've distilled the issue down to the following.

The short story is that I purchased the in-line EQ that's supposed to fix the flickering backup camera issue. Unfortunately, it cannot be installed into my car. The connection referenced in the docs quite simply is not there.



Nope, not there.



Not anywhere.



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Weird... I've never run into that. I'll have to double check the bulletin to see if there is a VIN break or something.
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:39 PM
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Weird... I've never run into that. I'll have to double check the bulletin to see if there is a VIN break or something.
That would be great. Although the Mitchell doc I linked suggests the harness w/ connection at the LR trunk hatch started right from the get go.



So there's either an error in the knowledge base OR they replaced the harness at some point with one that does not have the connection break. Although the latter doesn't really make sense. Why would Volvo sell a harness w/o connection break?

In looking through my service logs, which are likely incomplete since they're from Carfax, I don't see a prior reference to replacing or fixing the backup cam.

This one is seriously teaching me some patience. I'm having a hell of a time getting this backup cam fixed.

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Old 08-13-2017, 04:30 PM
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No love at the camera end. It is the same basic cable inside, but the connectors are just too different. They won't fit. Believe me I tried.





What's even more confusion is, how is there ever a connector there? If you look up the harness as a replacement part, it clearly doesn't have the connector.

2011 Volvo S60 3.0l 6 cylinder Turbo Harness. Camera, Accessory, Electrical - 31414655 | Volvo Parts Webstore, Oak Park IL

I also removed the upper trunk lining to see if there might be a connector there. No luck. It's like the volvo parts web store image, just one long cable.

I am indeed a sad panda.
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:40 PM
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So I cleaned the cable and the camera connector points with contact cleaner. While I was back there, I decided to try an experiment. The plastic connector clips on the EQ video cable are removable, if you're careful. So I did. As I suspected, it is possible to connect the EQ with the "naked" cable directly to the camera. I tested it and it does work as in I do get video.



But it's not warm enough today to trigger the glitch/problem and I didn't feel like taking off the upper trunk liner again. So I'm going to see if cleaning the contacts does anything for now. If not, I'll put the EQ in via the "naked" cable method and secure it in place with some fancy high temp engine bay tape (better than electrical tape imho) and maybe even wrap it in some silicone tape for good measure.

If that works, I think I can 3d print some clips that lend themselves to being taped or zip tied to the OEM ones securely, if it comes to that. The "naked" cable endpoints do have a collar that the plastic can go around.
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I'll see what I can dig up tomorrow. What's your VIN?
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Thanks. PM sent.
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:05 PM
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Turns out you can install the equalizer under the driver seat without actually removing the seat! A fellow over on the Facebook P3 group pointed me in the right direction. I had to swap the cables around, but it looks like I'm in business. Much easier than my plan to attach this thing in the trunk lid, behind the camera. I got about 1/2 way through 3d printing a custom clip for it too. Much happier with this solution.



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