How to Install a Car Tracking Device

How to Install a Car Tracking Device

Date Time: September 12, 2023
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Author: Yuwei

How to Install a Car Tracking Device

Installing a car tracking device may seem daunting, but it is actually a very simple process that can be broken down into three main steps.

How to Install a Car Tracking Device

Step 1: Check the ignition wire and power wire under the dashboard

- Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the plastic lower dashboard cover. Set aside the cover and screws.

- Locate the ignition wire and constant power wire, which connect to the car's ignition switch. Follow the wires on the ignition switch.

- Verify the wires using a voltmeter. The ignition wire should read 11 to 14 volts when the ignition switch is on, and the constant power wire should read 0 when the ignition switch is off.

Step 2: Hardwire your device

- Use a wire cutter to remove a small section of insulation from the constant power wire.

- Create a small gap between the exposed copper wires using a wire stripper.

- Thread the exposed end of the red wire from the GPS tracking device through the gap in the constant power wire. Twist together all loose wire ends and cover the connection with electrical tape.

- Repeat the process for the white wire, connecting it to the ignition wire using the "stab" method.

- Add a ring terminal to the exposed end of the black wire on the GPS tracker. Place the ring terminal against a metal surface (e.g., steering column) to ground the device. Secure it with electrical tape.

Step 3: Reassemble the dashboard

- Use double-sided adhesive tape to secure the GPS tracker underneath the dashboard. Avoid placing it on the steering column as GPS signals do not propagate through metal.

- Ensure the device is firmly fixed in place to prevent it from coming loose during the journey.

- Tidy up the loose wires with electrical tape and reinstall the plastic dashboard cover, completing the installation.

Still unsure about how to install a car tracking device?

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Where is the best place to put a tracking device on a car?

The best place to put a tracking device on a car is near the base of the windshield, as this provides the strongest GPS and wifi signals.

Why should I track company vehicles?

Tracking company vehicles can help improve productivity, reduce fuel costs, prevent theft, and ensure compliance with regulations in your state. It can also provide valuable data to help you make more informed business decisions and maximize your profits.

Can I install a tracker in a vehicle without informing the driver?

In most cases, it is recommended that you inform and obtain consent from the driver before installing a tracker in a vehicle. Respecting the privacy rights of your employees is an important principle. Installing a tracker on a vehicle without proper authorization may violate legal regulations and could lead to negative reactions from your employees.

However, it is worth noting that if you own the vehicle and have clearly stated ownership and control rights over the vehicle, and if you have specified the requirement to install trackers in the employment contract or policies, then installation may be permissible. Nonetheless, it is still advisable to communicate with the driver beforehand.

In summary, to comply with legal regulations and maintain a positive relationship with your employees, it is best to communicate with the driver and obtain their consent before installing a tracker.

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