Electromagnetic Parking Sensor Installation

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Electromagnetic Parking Sensors are a Robust, Reliable, Ultra Discreet, No-Drill, Easy Fit, High Performance product that fit all Cars from Alfa Romeo to VW. The Universal Option is compatible with any Car, Vehicle, Van, 4x4, Motor home, Caravan, Trailer, Horse Box or Vehicle (12V).

Installing the Electromagnetic Parking Dynamics PD1 Parking Sensor on cars & vehicles with a plastic bumper!

Removal of the bumper on vehicles is not as difficult as it at first may seem and is typically held on with 2-4 screws and a few locators. If you are a keen DIYer and will be installing the PD1 parking sensor yourself, (if required) you can ask your dealer parts department for an exploded view (print off) of your rear bumper, this will show you exactly how the bumper is held on to the vehicle and where any screws, locators or rivets can be found. Alternatively a Haynes Manual will detail this information.

Find out more about the Parking Dynamics PD1 Parking Reverse Sensor

Mounting the Unit:

Install the parking sensor unit on the inside of the vehicle next to where the reversing light is situated, behind the trim and attach to the body or trim with the included adhesive mount. Typically the passenger side is more suitable. You then pass the antenna wire from the unit through the hole with the grommet fitted (this hole is now provided by vehicle manufacturers) to connect to the antenna on your bumper. On older vehicles or in cases where it is not possible to find a small hole, this must be drilled and the wire passed through using a grommet. If there is no room inside of your vehicle (highly unlikely) the unit can be mounted behind the bumper.

Mounting the Speaker:

Mount the parking sensor speaker using the included adhesive mount in the boot onto any plastic trim or shelf or to the rear parcel shelf. The volume is loud enough to provide a good warning even if mounted close to the trim. This connects into the unit by push fit connection.

Mounting the Antenna:

Mount the silver parking sensor antenna (adhesive strip) onto the inside of the rear bumper (making sure the bumper surface is clean before attaching) with the connector on the side where you have located the unit. When the antenna has been attached, covering the whole of the bumper from left to right, the excess length is cut off. Place a piece of tape at either end of the antenna to ensure a secure installation onto the bumper.

It is important that the antenna is installed at the highest part from the ground that corresponds to the furthest distance from the vehicle body as a precaution to prevent any interference from metal parts. Generally the best position of the parking sensor antenna is 40-50cm from ground level, but not essential. 

Once the bumper is removed, if your vehicle has a metal crash protection bar and you think that the antenna will be within 2 cm's of this metal bar (once the bumper is re-fitted) then you can cover this using Black Duct, duck or Gaffa Tape to prevent any interference. This is available from any DIY store. Please Do Not use silver Duct Tape as this contains metal particles.

Electrical Connections

1) Black wire MUST be connected to the ground (body / chassis) of the vehicle.
2) Red wire is connected to the 12V supply wire of the reversing light. Live only when reverse gear is selected.
3) Connect the antenna connection wire from the unit to the antenna

Bumper Removal

99% of car & vehicle bumpers are made of plastic. When installing the Parking Dynamics PD1 car parking sensor, depending on your vehicle, the bumper may have to be removed, but on some cars you can get away with just loosening the bumper by releasing the locator screws. If you choose to pay for installation most auto electricians, mechanics and body shop technicians will remove the bumper literally in minutes.

Removal of the bumper is not as difficult as it at first may seem and is typically held on with 2-4 screws and some locators. In a few cases rivets are used that need to be drilled out and simply replaced from your dealer parts department (at a minimal cost) when re-fitting.

If you are a keen DIYer and will be installing the PD1 parking sensor yourself, (if required) you can ask your dealer parts department for an exploded view (print off) of your rear bumper, this will show you exactly how the bumper is held on to the vehicle and where any screws, locators or rivets can be found. Alternatively a Haynes Manual will detail this information.

Find out more about the Parking Dynamics PD1 Parking Reverse Sensor

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