Installation guide: CalAmp LMU 36xx with powered OBD-II Y-cable for Reveal and Fleet

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Skill level: Intermediate

Installers must be able to remove dash panels and instrument clusters, and mount and secure devices safely.

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Estimated time for install: 15-30 minutes

This article outlines how to install a CalAmp 36xx series device using a powered OBD-II Y-cable.

In this guide:

Preparing for installation

Get your fleet ready

Installing the device

     Step 1. Locate the vehicle's OBD-II port

     Step 2. Choose where to mount the device

     Step 3. Record the device and vehicle information

     Step 4. Connect the universal CalAmp adapter to the Y-cable

     Step 5. Remove the OBD-II connector

     Step 6. Mount the replacement OBD-II port

     Step 7. Connect the Y-cable to the vehicle's OBD-II port

     Step 8. Route the Y-cable to the device

     Step 9. (Optional) Connect the I/O accessory and and sensor input harness.

     Step 10. Connect the cables to the device

     Step 11. Mount the device

     Step 12. Use the LED lights to identify device status

     Step 13. Link the device and verify operation

     Contacting support

Preparing for installation

Before you install the device, there are a few things that you need to do to ensure a smooth process.

Check the contents

You should receive the following:

  • CalAmp 36XX and mounting cradle
  • Two part Universal OBD-II Y-cable or Legacy OBD-II Y-cable
  • I/O harness (optional)

Two part Universal Y-cable assembly

Plug the universal CalAmp adapter end into the universal connector on the powered Y-cable.

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Kit parts with legacy Y-Cable

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Get your fleet ready

We recommend installing the device outdoors in an area with good network coverage.

Gather the vehicle information

To complete the setup you need to enter the following information for each vehicle:

  • Vehicle ID name - assign a name that makes it easily identifiable on your vehicle list and maps.
  • Vehicle license plate state and number
  • Year, make and model of vehicle
  • Current odometer reading

Gather your tools and supplies

  • Dash panel removal tools (plastic preferred)
  • Cordless drill
  • Sockets and bits (standard/metric)
  • Work light
  • Extra 8"-14" inch zip ties

Installations requiring sensor input connections may require these additional items.

  • Digital multimeter
  • Wire stripping and crimping tools
  • 18ga heat shrink ring terminals and butt connectors
  • Mini-torch
  • 5 point SPDT automotive relay (Fleet)

Installing the device

Step 1. Locate the vehicle's OBD-II port

Locate the vehicle’s OBD-II port by inspecting the following areas (in this order):

  1. Beneath the steering wheel along the knee panel
  2. Behind a small access door on the dash 
  3. Each area indicated in the image below

If you cannot locate the vehicle’s OBD-II port, check the owner’s manual or go to www.hum.com/port/.

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Step 2. Choose where to mount the device

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The Y-cable must be routed to the device's mounting location. Choose a location with enough passage to route the cable.

Mount the device per the guidelines below.

  • Label side up
  • Concealed from the driver’s view
  • High in the dash for the best signal
  • With a clear line of sight out of the vehicle
  • Do not mount the device directly beneath metal plates or close to radios. Doing so may affect the signal quality.

Step 3. Record the device ESN

Record the device's Equipment Serial Number (ESN) before beginning installation. You will need it later to link and verify the installation.

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Step 4. Connect the universal CalAmp adapter to the Y-cable

Plug the universal CalAmp adapter end into the universal connector on the powered Y-cable.

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Step 5.  Remove the OEM OBD-II connector

Remove the vehicle’s OBD-II port from its mounting bracket by pressing the release tabs or by removing the bolts or screws that hold it in place.

You may need to remove an cover door or dash panel to access the OBD-II port.

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DO NOT connect the power harness to the vehicle tracker at this time.

Step 6. Mount the replacement OBD-II port

  1. Compare the Y-cable's replacement OBD-II port to the vehicle’s OBD-II port. Next, mount the replacement OBD-II port end of the Y-cable in the original port's location.
    Depending on the shape of the vehicle’s OBD-II port, you may need to remove the screw plate on the replacement OBD-II port to match the vehicle fitting.
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  2. Route the powered Y-cable's replacement port behind the dash panels and mount it in place of the vehicle’s OBD-II port.
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Step 7. Connect the Y-cable to the vehicle's OBD-II port

Plug the powered Y-cable’s OBD-II bypass connector into the vehicle’s OBD-II port.

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Step 8. Route the Y-cable to the device

Always secure the device and cabling so that they do not interfere with the driver or normal operation of the vehicle.

  1. Route the 16-pin Y-cable end to where you plan to secure the device.
  2. Coil any excess cable length, and secure it using zip ties. Pay special attention to pedals, steering shafts and telescoping steering wheels and shift levers.

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Step 9. (Optional) Connect the I/O accessory and sensor harness.

Refer to the information provided in the CalAmp 36xx I/O Accessory Harness descriptions and wiring diagram article to complete accessory and sensor input installations. Continue to Step 10 once you have made connections.

Step 10. Connect the cables to the device

  1. Plug the Y-cable's 16-pin connector into the 16-pin port on the CalAmp 3640.
  2. (Optional) Plug the I/O harness's 24-pin connector into the 24-pin port on the CalAmp 3640.

Step 11. Use the LED lights to identify device status

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The Reveal and Fleet implementations of the LED light pattern are significantly different.

  1. Start the vehicle and use the LED lights to identify device status.
  2. For detailed information, please review the CalAmp 36xx LED indicator light patterns article.

The Reveal blink pattern provides granular detail for the number of GPS satellites, cell signal, ignition info and ECM diagnostic connection data.

The Fleet LED blink pattern provides fewer details, but is easier to remember. The green and amber LED lights will stop blinking and become solid when the device has acquired GPS and cell signal.

Regardless of platform, if the LED's fail to indicate signal lock for cell or GPS signal you may need to move the device to a new mounting spot, or move the vehicle to a location outdoors with nothing overhead limiting signal.

Step 12. Mount the device

Secure the device so that it cannot move. Failure to do so will result in erroneous harsh driving events.

Use zip ties to mount the device to a stable bracket or wire bundle behind the driver's side instrument cluster, center console or knee panel areas.

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Step 13. Link the device and verify operation 

For Fleet

Verizon Connect Installation Partners - Use the Fleet Hardware Installer app, Installer Portal or call the Fleet Technician Support line at (877) 943-7306 to link devices to vehicles and verify successful installations.

Customers and their internally managed technicians should use the Installer Portal or the customer's Fleet portal steps to link and verify successful installations.

For Reveal

Verizon Connect Installation Partners should use the Reveal Hardware Installer app (RHI) the Reveal Technician Support line at (866) 908-1165 to link devices to vehicles and verify successful installations.

Customers and their internally managed technicians should use Spotlight or the Reveal portal to link and verify successful installations. Learn how to Verify an installation in Reveal.

Note: If you are replacing or swapping a vehicle tracker, complete the swap in Reveal first. This merges the data from your old tracker with the new tracker so you have one continuous history for the vehicle. Learn more about swapping a vehicle in Reveal.

Disclaimer

Verizon Connect shall have no liability whatsoever for any damages that arise from, or are connected with, your use of our services, including the GPS tracking hardware and dash cams, in a manner contrary to the(se) instructions or in violation of law and/or our agreement. Tracking hardware connected to the diagnostic port in any vehicle that has third-party devices also connected to the diagnostic port can cause interference or loss of functionality of the third-party device. These third-party devices include, but are not limited to, wheelchair lifts, lifesaving equipment, emergency lighting, and radar guns. If such a conflict exists, contact Verizon Connect support to have the tracking hardware configured to support the third-party device. Failure to do so relieves Verizon Connect of all liability for damages that arise from or are connected with your use of the devices. Installed devices may only be removed and transferred to another vehicle if the second vehicle has been tested for compatibility, as per the(se) instructions. Transfers between vehicles which do not follow the(se) instructions will void any and all warranties from Verizon Connect, and relieve Verizon Connect of all liability for damages that arise from or are connected with your use of the devices.

 

 

 


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