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Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« on: September 23, 2009, 01:02:05 AM »
I wanted to install some parking sensors on my Mazda 3 and decided to get some aftermarket ones fitted. I wasn’t too keen on drilling holes(wanted to preserve the look of the bumper)  so decided to go for the  electromagnetic  ones from parking dynamics.

They seems to work great, It starts to beeps when there is an object  about 3 feet from the bumper and progressive beeps, getting quicker and then a constant beep then there is about 1 foot .

One of the draw backs is that you can’t tell direction of the obstacle and sometimes rain drops tend to give it a false reading (very rare though)

Anyway I took some pics while I was doing it so anyone wanting to remove the bumper or install their own  might find it useful.  My  car is a salon type so hatchback models might be slightly different.

The Parking dynamics product



Step 1
Pop these reverts




Step 2
 Pull the plastic bit upward. This is quite  hard to get at, so you might want to insert  (from the outside)a panel popper tool  underneath the plastic to help pop them (second pic shows you where the clips are). Be careful to tape the tool if its metal to stop any scratches .




Step 3
Now you need to remove the rear lights to get at the bolts, Remove the side panels as shown




Remove the two bolts that hold the light and unclip the light connectors.



Step 4
Pull the light straight out there is a clip that will require a bit of pulling. Try to pull it straight out, the are some plastic guides that can be quite delicate. Repeat on other side.




Step 5
Undo the screw and remove the plastic popper.





Step 6
Time to get on the floor remove these popper. They can be hard to remove with the amount of dust and grime.



Remove this popper,  this holds the wheel arch liner to the bumper. (no need to remove the mud flaps.




Step 7
Remove the last screw, it can be tricky, you can use a screwdriver.



Step 8
Now time to call in mate to give you a hand and also some sort of rug or mat that can be used to set the bumper on to prevent any scratches.

Pull the bumper to undo the clips. Take your time, as these clips can easy break.


Step 9
Once the clips are removed from both sides, pull the bumper straight out . Support it from both side as it will fall down.




Unclips the number plate lights





Step 10
Clean the inside of the bumper  and attached the metal strip a shown. I used both strips to give better range.  If you are using the hole types ones,  time to drill



You can feed the wire through two locations, via the rubber grommet shown. If you have long enough cable you can use the rubber grommet where the number plate lights come out but remember  you need to connect sensors to the reversing light which is on the other side.



Step 11

To connect  the power  to the parking sensor unit, I used reversing light as the source. I traced the wire from the light to the main loom that comes in from the passenger compartment.  I tapped into it as shown +ev  and  - ev .



Step 12

That’s it...time to fit it all back,  follow the steps in reverse
When fitting the lights back make sure the  pegs are in alignment and keep pressing in till you hear a “click”








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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2009, 09:45:32 AM »
Another excellent walkthrough.  Thankyou
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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009, 02:58:21 PM »
Cant see pics, but am on a usb dongle in Aberdeen, its probably the Scotish ADSL signal, too tight to include pictures with the text  lol  >:D  ;D ;D ;D


Sorry folks, I am bored sitting in the Airport from 1pm when my flight's not untill 7:30 tonight.  >:(

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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2009, 05:57:09 PM »
Excellent walk through with lots of good pics.

Very good. Almost tempted to fit some to my MPS now.
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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2010, 08:25:10 PM »
Hi,

Fantastic walk through.

How well do these work? Do they have issues with the bumper bar?

Thanks,
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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2010, 09:12:46 PM »
Awesome walk though, shame its not a hatch tho :P:P If you have the chance can you do one for the front bumper?

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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2010, 03:04:46 PM »
Hi,

Fantastic walk through.

How well do these work? Do they have issues with the bumper bar?

Thanks,

They work great, few minor issues i.e. direction of obstacle is not indicative  and when it rains rain drops rolling down the bumper can sometimes trigger a false reading, other than that great.

 No issue with the bumper bar (not sure how it will effect if there is a tow bar though)   Best of all no holes in the bumper. 


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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2011, 06:09:38 PM »
Hi,

Fantastic walk through.

How well do these work? Do they have issues with the bumper bar?

Thanks,

They work great, few minor issues i.e. direction of obstacle is not indicative  and when it rains rain drops rolling down the bumper can sometimes trigger a false reading, other than that great.

 No issue with the bumper bar (not sure how it will effect if there is a tow bar though)   Best of all no holes in the bumper. 


Hi talon
Are you still happy with you Parking Dynamics parking sensors? I am thinking about trying this make but wonder about the raindrops issue. Have you seen
http://www.parkingdynamics.co.uk/Technical
in particular the paragraph headed "Operation in Heavy Rain conditions"?
Does this describe your experience?
I would certainly value your opinion, so thanks in advance.

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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2011, 11:17:46 PM »
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Hi talon
Are you still happy with you Parking Dynamics parking sensors? I am thinking about trying this make but wonder about the raindrops issue. Have you seen
http://www.parkingdynamics.co.uk/Technical
in particular the paragraph headed "Operation in Heavy Rain conditions"?
Does this describe your experience?
I would certainly value your opinion, so thanks in advance.


Hi Brianshel,  I didn't see your reply or would have replied sooner.  You do get a few false beeps especially if your car has been parked and it has been raining. When you start to move, and  as the water rolls down the bumper,  it give a few warning beeps and then settles down. But I have got used to it now.

The system itself is great and I can say its a 100 times better than the hole drilled ones as I have the aftermarket hole drilled sensors on my Volvo and they don't do as good a job.

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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2011, 03:24:07 PM »
Thanks for that, Talon.

I think one of the most persuasive aspects is your comment that it is better than the "holes in bumper" version on your Volvo. You can compare the two easily!

So now I think I am going to go ahead. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2013, 04:59:51 PM »
Hi, just wanted to say thanks for these instructions. i used them to fit the 4 sensor bumper drilled jobeys and I found they work really well. Im very surprised. Only cost €20.
Instructions were invaluable. I spliced into the green wire in the boot of my 07 saloon that is on the passenger side. Large white connector behind the coverings.

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Re: Parking Sensor Fitting with pics (Rear bumper removal)
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2013, 04:59:51 PM »