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2013 Ford C-MAX backup camera blurriness - out of focus


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#1 OFFLINE   willinnc

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 03:33 PM

Hi,

2nd posting in this area - The image coming to our screen in the C-MAX from the backup camera is blurry and out of focus. Is there a way to remedy this? I do not know if this is from water inside the camera housing or if the camera's focus is out of whack.

 

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#2 OFFLINE   stolenmoment

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 07:12 AM

I bought used, and I suspect that my camera was pointed at the Sun for a while, it's always washed-out.  However, cleaning the lens *does* help.



#3 OFFLINE   kyledamron

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 07:25 AM

I recommend cleaning off the lens... that seems to help with mine. It has some blurriness as well. But it definitely gets better when it gets cleaned. And you have to do that often since the back gets so dirty.



#4 OFFLINE   willinnc

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 12:22 PM

Thanks for the help. I will see if I can get it clear by cleaning the exterior lens.



#5 OFFLINE   jestevens

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 05:58 AM

The entire back of the car seems to suck up dirt, I guess because of the way the body is styled to improve aerodynamic performance.  I've had to clean my lens (or just take the entire car for a bath) more than once per weather season.  I guess it's possible the CCD could be damaged by exposure to the sun if it was severe/long enough but I think it's a glass lens.



#6 OFFLINE   camachito

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 11:06 AM

Folks!

I tried doing all your recommendations and the blurriness/white halo didn't improve. Took it to the local FORD dealer where I purchased it about 1-2 weeks ago....I am still waiting for them to call me and tell me the camera has arrived. BTW, I asked and they didn't tell me if they were covering the cost since I had just purchased the car USED 2 weeks earlier. Long story short, I ordered a USED tailgate handle in BLACK. All the switches, lights AND camera included for $80. I am a little handy so I got the part today.....and pulled off the door trim which was too easy. Six nuits holding the handle in place, left the old wiring in place and reattached the new black handle. Panels snapped back in place......lights, switches and CAMERA work. Upside: Saved a lot of cash....The new handle is a lovely accent.......making my C-Max unique in the Orlando area. Downside: Camera is same part number as mine broken one... the close-Up feature doesn't work! I can live with that! Oh...I had purchased one of the camera's listed for the 2017 C-Max letter ending "C" for $80...it worked with the same limitation (no close-up feature) and fits perfectly in the handle.

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#7 OFFLINE   camachito

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 01:08 PM

Addendum: Those Park Assist lines that guide you in reverse (move with the steering) don't work either. :-( Still all in all I can see again backing up...guidelines are still there and sensors warn of proximity. I guess it's pretty much a mixed bag of results!



#8 OFFLINE   icanhazc-max

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 02:57 PM

Addendum: Those Park Assist lines that guide you in reverse (move with the steering) don't work either. :-( Still all in all I can see again backing up...guidelines are still there and sensors warn of proximity. I guess it's pretty much a mixed bag of results!

 

The colored lines as pictured are not the lines that are intended to move with the steering. There are two WHITE lines that will show, flanking those colored lines, WHEN ENABLED via the control panel settings to the right of the speedometer or somewhere in the head units settings. Look there for the option and enable if desired.


Edited by icanhazc-max, 21 July 2018 - 03:11 PM.

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