Cleaning the electronics - II

Sun Aug 16 2020

After about a week (mainly waiting for tool delivery and gathering knowledge) we finished cleaning the electronics added by the previous owner. It was quite pleasurable to plug the battery back in and to check that the van still worked, including the rear camera which still turns on when driving backward.

Before rewiringBefore rewiring
After rewiringAfter rewiring

The rear camera is the only extra circuit that I kept under the driver seat, next to the original Mercedes wires. Basically, the + of the camera feeds into a relay, which is triggered by the reverse light. This circuit was functional, but there were a few points I didn't like:

  • the power for the camera originated from a fat domino where an extra battery cable was plugged
  • the reverse light cable was spliced with a plastic clip with a blade, which looked rather fragile
  • a small wago was used to gather some cables going to ground
  • all the fuses were directly crimped on the wires

To address all these points, I crimped terminals wires and soldered a 3-way splice on the reverse light - a premiere for me.

3-way splice3-way splice

Instead of using an extra cable from the battery to power the rear camera, I have used a piggy back fuse which makes the circuit really clean. The other fuse in parallel is 25A, the circuit is used to power a potential trailer. I suppose this is fine since the camera only pulls about 1A (5A fuse). In the longer run, it would maybe be nice to have an extra battery cable powering a few slots on the fuse box under the driver seat.

Piggy back fusepiggy back fuse

Disclaimer: I had no clue about relays and electronics in a car, before I watched the videos from the VegOilGuy (VOG) youtube channel.