GPS & Video InstallationGeneral concepts and installation techniques
GPS Tracking InstallationGeneral concepts of installation techniques
GPS Installation Concepts
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 our local, regional, or national customers. Most installations receive a limited warranty from the installation provider in conjunction with the manufacturer’s limited product warranty.
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GPS Install Bracket
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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