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Old 05-13-2016, 07:21 PM
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F25 Reversing Camera Fail Message

I recently had my tailgate switch replaced and ever since, the instrument panel has flashed up a yellow alert message "Reversing Camera Failure" whenever the car is put into reverse. It goes away after a few seconds or when going forward, and the reversing camera operates perfectly all the time in reverse. There is nothing wrong with it. I guessed the tech had somehow disturbed the camera connection right alongside the tailgate switch and I had a look at it. It is fine, I unplugged and reconnected it several times and there is no apparent physical error.
The service centre has now attempted twice with their diagnostic machine connected to clear and prevent recurrence of the message but they have not succeeded. The last time they said "we have reset and "realigned" (?) everything and now it is good... but after a few hours it returned.
There is no fault logged in the fault section in the Control Display although there are log entries in the diagnostic computer the tech connects under the dash.
They dont know how to stop this error apparently false error message recurring. Can anyone advise that I might tell them what is required..?

John Granger
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Old 05-15-2016, 12:36 AM
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Always disappointing when you get no replies. In fact on three posts for help on this forum I have never had a reply.

For the benefit of anyone else who has this problem with the reversing camera I have a fix. The problem is almost certainly moisture in the camera from over enthusiastic washing. Take the assy out of the tailgate, it just pops out. Then lift the camera out of the latch/camera plastic carrying assy...it just pops out too. Labour involved so far 45 seconds. Then put the camera in a JUST WARM oven for 30 minutes and then re-assemble. Problem fixed after three completely hopeless visits to BMW techs whose only solution was $300 + for a new camera...well yes that would work too you mentally lazy sods.
I dont know but I am guessing the circuit management can see small earth leakage with moisture and flags a warning even though the camera continues to work. So there you are...put your reversing camera in the oven.
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Old 05-15-2016, 07:30 AM
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Always disappointing when you get no replies. In fact on three posts for help on this forum I have never had a reply.
I understand your frustration about not getting any help with the problems you have posted. I guess it underlines the uniqueness of the problems you have encountered. I know my attitude about posting is that if I can't add anything to the solution or discussion I don't post. I looked back at a few of your previous posts and would like to thank you for posting your solution to the problems you have experienced. Someone else will experience the same problems and find your solutions helpful. Thank you.
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:02 AM
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