To install a GPS you need to have some basic knowledge of electricity and have the right tool.
If a more professional installation or more accessories are required, knowledge of automotive electro mechanics and electronics can be helpful.
The basic installation of a GPS can take about an hour, while a more complete installation could take 1.5 hours or more.
¿Where to install a GPS?
There are strategic places to install a GPS. Although it is recommended to do it in a hidden site that meets your needs.
Keep in mind that it must be free of humidity or heat, and without so many metallic layers that can affect the satellite signal.
It could be under the seats, hidden in the glove compartment, or under the dashboard.
Another widely used option is to install it under the vehicle. This way it will be more difficult to find and you will have easy access to it.
If you choose the latter option, use magnetized and waterproof models and make sure to place it in an area where it will not suffer blows or where it can be easily damaged.
¿What should you take into account before installation?
It is important that you are clear about the main use you will give the GPS and that you plan the installation before getting to work.
Some points to take into account before installing a GPS are:
- That the vehicle’s electrical system is in good condition
- That the car’s battery or accumulator is working correctly
- Check that there are no lights on the dashboard
- Make sure you have the right tool to disassemble the upholstery and make the connections
- That the GPS device is already configured and have a SIM Card with available data
Tools needed to install a GPS
The tools that are usually required to install a locator are the following:
- Flat and cross screwdrivers
- Insulating tape (Electrical Tape) Cutter
- Standard size wrenches or cups
- Pliers, electrician pliers or wire cutters
- GPS device with SIM Card Voltmeter
Take due care when handling the wiring and secure it in the best possible way, as well as the connections.
¿How to install a GPS step by step?
To install a GPS successfully, we recommend you follow these steps:
- Carry out the vehicle tests
- Locate the spot where you want to place the GPS device
- Disassemble the area where it will be installed
- With the help of a voltmeter, look for lines that may have active current all the time. Ignition current to know if the vehicle is on or off. Find a ground line or attach it to a chassis screw
- Make the connections of the GPS wiring with the vehicle’s wiring and proceed to perfectly isolate each connection
- Secures the device and wiring with plastic ties
- Test the GPS device on the platform
- Reassemble the disassembled area
- Perform a final test of the vehicle’s operation again
Once installed, the GPS will have to be configured. The configuration will depend on the brand and model of the device to be used.
Some GPS allows configuration through a special cable connected to the computer. In other cases, this is done through text messages (SMS).
By following the steps above, you will ensure that the process is faultless. Additionally, the device must work correctly with its events on the GPS platform.
If the installation is done correctly, it should not affect the operation of the vehicle in any way.
As you can see, the basic installation of a GPS is technically not complicated.
However, it could become so, due to the wide variety of devices and models that exist on the market. Especially considering that each one has different characteristics.
If you need help to install a GPS, call us and we can gladly help you with the installation and configuration of your devices.
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