This project shows how to hardwire a DOD dashboard camera in a 2017 Kia Sorento using the DOD DP4 Hardwiring Kit. I upgraded from a DOD LS430W (now discontinued) to the latest DOD LS470W+ model and decided to hardwire the camera to the fuse box for a cleaner looking installation by hiding the wires behind the dashboard, windshield/door trim pillar and headliner. The only exposed cable runs from the headliner to the camera because I chose not to disturb the front camera & defog sensor cover above the rearview mirror:
How to Hardwire a DOD Dashboard Camera – 2017 Kia Sorento
The dash camera hardwiring components are:
- DOD LS470W+ camera, which includes:
- Stick-on and suction cup windshield camera mounts
- USB power cable with cigarette lighter plug
- DOD DP4 Hardwire Kit
- Lumision Add-A-Circuit MICRO2 Fuse Tap
I also bought an ADATA 64GB microSDHC Class 10 Memory Card (not shown) for the camera:
The DOD DP4 Hardwiring Kit contains:
- Installation User Manual
- Power cable with a battery failure protection module.
- ATO, Mini Fuse and Low-Profile fuse adapters with 2 AMP fuses to fit various car or truck makes/models.
- Double-sided sticky tape for mounting.
The DP4 battery failure protection module cuts power to the camera if the voltage drops to 11.5V or 23.5V to prevent draining the car battery:
The front of the DP4 module has a 12 volt, Off and 24 volt selector switch. Nearly all passenger cars and trucks in the USA have 12 volt electrical systems, so I set the switch to 12 volts. The LED is green when power is On and operating at 12 volts:
Kia Sorento MICRO2 Fuse Tap
The 2017 Kia Sorento has MICRO2 fuses which doesn’t match the ATO, Mini and Low-Profile fuse adapters included with the DOD DP4 hardwire kit, so I bought a Lumision MICRO2 APT ATR Add-A-Circuit Fuse Tap from Amazon.com:
The issue with the Lumision MICRO2 fuse tap is the female bullet connector is smaller compared to the DOD DP4 fuse adapter. I need to fix this so I can use the Lumision tap with the DOD DP4:
The solution is to splice the DOD female bullet connector onto the Lumision MICRO2 fuse tap. I cut off both bullet connectors, slipped a section of 600 volt rated heat shrink insulation over the wire, then soldered the DOD connector to the Lumision fuse tap. Solder the joint with rosin core electronics solder:
Let the solder joint cool then slide the heat shrink insulation over the solder joint and shrink it with an electric heat gun. A butane lighter will also do if you don’t have a heat gun:
The Lumision MICRO2 fuse tap now fits the DOD DP4:
2017 Kia Sorento Fuse Box Tap
I used my digital multi-meter to determine which unoccupied fuse sockets had power. I discovered the two fuse positions at the bottom left of the panel are:
- Not powered when the car is Off.
This is good so the camera won’t drain the car battery when the car parked and unattended.
The DOD DP4 power adapter has an 11.5 volt low voltage cutoff but I prefer not having to rely on it.
- Powered with 12 volts when the car in Accessory (ACC) mode.
- Powered with 12 volts in START/RUN modes when the engine is running.
DOD Dashcam DP4 Hardwiring Kit Installation
I bought an ABN Auto Trim Removal Tool Kit to avoid marring the interior trim and paint but you can remove the trim without a set. Lot’s of tools for almost any occasion:
Remove the Windshield A Pillar Trim
The camera power cable will be routed from the fuse box behind the dashboard and windshield A-Pillar trim, then across the headliner to the rearview mirror. The trick is knowing how to remove the A-Pillar interior trim. With the car Off and in Park, begin by pulling the door weatherstrip off by the top of the A-Pillar and down the length of the A-Pillar:
Using a plastic trim removal tool, I worked it between the door frame and A-Pillar until I could grasp the trim with my fingers. Be careful not to disturb the airbag. The airbag is disabled when the car is Off but it’s expensive to replace if damaged.
Once you’ve got your fingers behind the A-Pillar on both sides near the top, pull firmly and it will suddenly pop out about an inch. Pull with your fingers only and not your arms so you don’t pull it out too far breaking the trim clip:
Looking inside the A-Pillar trim from the driver’s seat is the trim clip fastener. Use 90-Degree Bent Long Nose Pliers wrapped in tape (to avoid scratching the paint) and squeeze the two tabs inward (red arrows) about 1/8″ of an inch to release the trim clip while lightly pulling on the A-Pillar:
When the trim clip come out of the door frame, wiggle the A-Pillar up and out from the dashboard.
2017 Kia Sorento A-Pillar Trim Clip
The following closeups of the A-Pillar trim clip explains how it works. When the trim is pulled off with your fingers it pops out catching on the barb. The two tabs must then be pressed inward to release the clip from the door frame:
The trim clip in the extended position held by the barb:
And the entire driver’s side A-Pillar trim piece:
The green stud is just for alignment:
The bottom of the A-Pillar trim with the air duct. It just slots into the dashboard:
This project is continued in How to Install a DOD DP4 Dashcam Hardwire Kit.
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