Wiring a Flip-Down Monitor to Your Car DVD Player

  • 2-4 hours
  • Advanced
  • 300-600

Installing a flip-down monitor in your vehicle for your DVD player is one of the latest technologies out there, and nowadays it seems people are looking for the best ones.

Installing this type of monitor gives you a lot of benefits. The flip-down monitor is the biggest screen available for car DVD players, and some of them even include dual lights.

Read the steps below to connect your flip-down monitor in your car, and your children will want to go on that long car ride after all, and you'll be a lot happier with those long trips also.

Step 1 - Location

Obviously a flip-down monitor is made for installation upon the inside of your roof. However, there are certain things you need to look at. You need to choose a spot that will not interfere with a sun/moon roof that you may have. Also, if you have extras hanging above your head such as garage opener cases, sunglasses hider, you will have to make sure the monitor doesn't interfere with those things. You also have to make sure that your roof is able to support this monitor.

Step 2 - Remove the Panels

The first step in installing this type of monitor into your car is removing the interior panels in the car.

Step 3 - Remove the Dome Light

Next you will need to create an access by removing the dome light in your vehicle. To do this, you need to drop the vehicle's headliner to gain access to the dome light, and then simply remove it.

Step 4 - Drill a Hole

Simply drill a hole into the headliner, so the monitor's wires can go through it. Pull the wires down along the passenger's seat side.

Step 5 - Mounting Bracket

Now you will want to place the mounting bracket through the opening you've created in the dome light area.

Step 6 - Connect the Cable

Now it is time to connect the cable to the monitor input. Do this by first connecting the power, and then the ground as well as the switch lines. The audio, and then video signals are connected after.

Step 7 - Remove Seat

This step requires a bit more work than the previous step. You will want to remove the passenger seat, and cut a hole into the carpet, so you can run the cable underneath. Push it through the hole, and then connect it to the switch box.

Step 8 - Use Remaining Wires

Using the remaining wires, push them to the fuse panel in your car, and store the others behind your dash.

Step 9 - Test It Out

Before replacing anything, you will want to test out your new monitor. Simply put in a DVD and press play. If it works, put it all back together.

Step 10 - Hit the Road

Grab your family, and plan a trip. You're excited to get away with your spouse and kids, and your children are excited to watch the new release the whole way there. Enjoy your trip. Great job.