How to Install a Car GPS

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A GPS, or Global Positioning System, is a satellite-based system that assists with navigation. The GPS was originally intended for military families; but, starting in the 1980s, the GPS became available to the public. There are many models now available, some of which can be installed to a car dashboard. GPS models that are not installed into the dash are easy to install as an aftermarket option and can be done within 30 minutes.

  • Read through the manual that comes with your GPS system. While most GPS systems have standard installation, each model may have specific steps that work with that brand.

  • Install, or place, the monitor of the GPS unit to the top of the dash of your car. Some units have an adhesive that simply sticks to your car, while others come with a suction-type device to secure the monitor. Place it where it will not be in your way while driving, but is still visible for navigation.

  • Attach the CPU under the dash. In many models, the CPU is part of the monitor; in some cases, it is a separate unit. The CPU, if separate, should be placed out of the way, such as underneath the dash. The CPU is also sometimes secured by adhesive or suction.

  • Plug in your monitor and CPU, if applicable. Some GPS models will only have one plug that is connected to the cigarette lighter or power source in your car. Other models have two connections, one that plugs into the power outlet and the other may plug into the audio source of your radio or cd/tape player.

  • Turn on your GPS, and follow the on-screen directions to complete the set up.

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