What Does Installation Mean?

What Does Installation Mean?

You may have noticed that there are many cameras/sensors, that according to the OEM Calibration Requirements Search, require calibration if installed. This statement has brought up questions from the collision industry. What does it mean to install something? If the tailgate that houses the 360° camera is installed, even though the camera wasn’t removed from the tailgate, does that qualify as the camera being installed? Let’s take a look at how to interpret this information.

The question of whether or not a camera/sensor is installed comes down to was the camera/sensor removed from the vehicle. Even if the camera/sensor was not removed from the part it is attached to, does not mean that it wasn’t installed. For example, in order to remove the side view mirror from a vehicle, which the camera is a part of, you have to unplug the mirror assembly. Breaking this electrical connection can cause a calibration to be required. Also, when the mirror is installed there is no guarantee that the position of the camera has not moved to a different position. So basically, if the camera/sensor requires calibration if installed, then you will need to calibrate any time the camera/sensor housing, mounting location, bracket, or the camera itself is replaced or removed and installed on the vehicle.

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