GPS Tracker Installation

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GPS Tracking Installation

GPS Tracker Installation Techniques

GPS Installation Overview

In situations where customers need assistance with GPS installations, Fleetistics can provide installation services through a network of GPS installation providers or by contacting a local qualified vendor. This allows Fleetistics to support customers in almost every part of the United States and Canada. For those wanting to DIY, Fleetistics offers many resources to help a customer be self-sufficient and save money.

With stores, affiliates, and contractors across the United States, our GPS installation providers are able to install our GPS vehicle tracking technology at their location or yours. This enables us to support a local, regional, or national customer. Most installations receive a limited warranty from the installation provider in conjunction with the manufacturer’s limited product warranty.

If you don’t know, hire a pro

How many times have you paid more for something because you tried to save money on the first purchase? You then end up paying a professional plus what you paid initially. That being said, if you are going to be installing the OBD type GPS trackers you really cannot mess it up unless you break a piece of plastic on the truck being too rough.

A basic GPS installation of an OBD tracker is as simple as inserting it into the OBD port. For speed, efficiency and accountability hire a professional installer.

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OBD Port

There are pros and cons to simply installation the the GPS device in the OBD port. Serial number zip ties can be used to discourage employee tampering but it can become a game of cat an mouse.

Connecting a Y-Harness

GPS Install Bracket for Geotab

GPS Install Bracket

The install bracket is a simple, but import component, although it is not required. The GO GPS device snaps into the bracket and can be secured with zip ties as shown. The bracket is mounted to the frame of the vehicle using more zip ties or automotive tape. The ensures the GPS device moves with the frame of the vehicle. If the GPS device is not firmly mounted to the frame you will get excessive vibrations resulting in bad accelerometer data.

3-Wire Installs

3-wire installations are definitely more challenging and take more skill and experience. These types of installations are most often done by professionals or people with automotive experience. If you do this wrong, you can damage a vehicle.

3-Wire GPS Installation Instructions

3-Wire GPS Installation Tips

Install Tips Part 1
  • Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. These instructions do not supersede the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Inventory all parts on receipt. Check for damage or missing components.
  • Always use a 3 to 5-amp in-line fuse to protect the unit from damage and prevent damage not covered by warranty.
  • Install real-time units as quickly as possible. Real-time service billing starts within 14-days of the units being delivered.
  • Use Torque Seal on connections or a serial number zip tie to identify tampering issues. OBD devices do not require this step.
  • Connect wires using the poke and wrap connection method or double bladded Scotch Locks. Do not use T-taps or single blade Scotch Locks; they work loose over time.
  • Always use a multi-meter to find your connection wires.
  • Make sure wires are not pinched or repeatedly closed in doors.
Install Tips Part 2
  • Install GPS unit behind the radio, in the OBD or J-Bus port or near the steering column.
  • For 3-wire installs, make sure GPS unit gets constant 12v power even when the ignition is off by testing with a multi-meter. Watch the power when the vehicle is started and shut down. Some power leads can lose all power during starting which will cause problems with the GPS systems. It should not dip below 9 volts.
  • For 3-wire installs, make sure you have a good ground secured with a screw and Torque Seal.
  • For 3-wire installs, if using switched power test, test the power as the ignition is turned on and off.
  • Do not block or cover the GPS antenna with metal.
  • For 3-wire installs, the optimum location for the cellular and GPS antenna is on the windshield of the vehicle.
  • Antennas are directional; make sure it is facing up and lying as flat as possible. Secure them in place with 3M automotive tape or zip ties or a mounting bracket so the device moves with the vehicles frame.
  • For 3-wire installs, secure antennas placed inside the dash so they don’t shift at a later time and create a communication issue.
  • Make sure the GPS system is operating correctly before closing up the dash. Check lights, tones, on-line display or sample data depending on system. This may require driving the vehicle for 3-5 miles in poor cellular coverage areas.
  • For 3-wire installs, never tap into wires that may impact the safety of the vehicle such as an airbag wire. Steering columns is generally the best option.

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GPS Installation Options

Professional contractors or DIY instruction

If you don’t know, hire a pro

A basic GPS installation of an OBD tracker is as simple as inserting it into the OBD port.  For speed, efficiency and accountability, hire a professional GPS installer.

GPS-Install-OBD-Port

There are pros and cons to simply installing the the GPS device in the OBD port. The most obvious is employee tampering. Serial number zip ties can be used to discourage employee tampering.

GPS Install Bracket for Geotab

Connecting a Y-Harness

GPS Install Bracket

The bracket is mounted to the frame of the vehicle using more zip ties or automotive tape. The ensures the GPS device moves with the frame of the vehicle.

3-Wire Installs

3-wire installations are definitely more challenging and take more skill and experience. If you do this wrong, you can damage a vehicle.

3-Wire GPS Installation Instructions

3-Wire GPS Installation Tips

Install Tips Part 1
  • Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. These instructions do not supersede the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Inventory all parts on receipt. Check for damage or missing components.
  • Always use a 3 to 5-amp in-line fuse to protect the unit from damage and prevent damage not covered by warranty.
  • Install real-time units as quickly as possible. Real-time service billing starts within 14-days of the units being delivered.
  • Use Torque Seal on connections and a serial number zip tie to identify tampering issues.
  • Don’t use wire nuts without Torque Seal, they are too easy to disconnect. Instead use the poke and wrap connection method.
  • Always use a multi-meter to find your connection wires.
  • Make sure wires are not pinched or repeatedly closed in doors.
  • Avoid single blade scotch locks. They typically work loose over time. Use the double blade version or solder connections.

 

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Install Tips Part 2
  • Install GPS unit behind the radio or near the steering column.
  • Make sure GPS unit gets constant 12v power even when the ignition is off by testing with a multi-meter. Watch the power when the vehicle is started and shut down. Some power leads can lose all power during starting which will cause problems with the GPS systems. It should not dip below 9 volts.
  • Make sure you have a good ground secured with a screw and Torque Seal.
  • If using switched/ignition power, test the power as the ignition is turned on and off.
  • Do not place the GPS antenna against metal. If you get bad data, reposition the antenna or unit.
  • Antennas are directional; make sure the antenna is facing up and lying as flat as possible. Secure them in place with 3M automotive tape or zip ties.
  • Secure antennas placed inside the dash so they don’t shift at a later time and create a communication issue.
  • Make sure the GPS system is operating correctly before closing up the dash. Check lights, tones, on-line display or sample data depending on system. You may have to drive the vehicle for 3 miles to get it to report the first time.
  • Never tap into wires that may impact the safety of the vehicle such as an airbag wire. Steering columns are generally the best option.

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