Recent cars all come with an impressive number of options, however, because of your budget or the year of your car, you may not be lucky enough to have them all. Today we’re going to help you correct this problem by explaining how to install parking sensor on my car? Indeed, this option is very practical, especially if you live in the city and have to park regularly in narrow parking spaces. To help you out, we’ll first look at how parking sensors work, then we’ll look at how to install a parking reverse sensor on a vehicle, and finally, how much does a parking sensor cost?
How does parking sensors work on my car?
So we start with the functioning of a parking sensor. As we told you in the introduction, this particularly interesting option allows you to know the distance between the back of your car and an obstacle when you maneuver. It is therefore particularly legitimate for people who have to maneuver regularly, whose visibility is poor, or whose size is large.
Often installed as standard, the reverse sensors of a vehicle consist of a set of sensors (minimum 4) that will be activated with reverse gear and will detect obstacles in the vicinity. The technology used is ultrasounds, which will send a signal that will bounce off the obstacle and be sent back to the sensor. A computer will analyze the duration of this journey and calculate the distance between the obstacle and the radar. In general you will have a sound indicator in the cabin which will increase in intensity with the proximity of the obstacle and sometimes a visual marker in complement. The reversing radars of a car will help you for parking, but also for safety and avoiding pedestrians.
How to install parking sensors on my car?
We now move on to the step that you are probably most interested in, installing reverse parking sensors on a vehicle. This part is for you if you don’t have a standard speed camera and you still want to take advantage of this technology, or if you have to replace a user. You are lucky, it is possible to buy aftermarket parking sensors to install yourself on your car.
How to replace a defective backup sensors on my car
First we’ll see how to replace a defective parking sensor on an vehicle. If your car has suffered a rear impact and one of the sensors of your reversing radar has been damaged, it will have to be replaced to allow the system to function properly. Fortunately for you this procedure is particularly simple, you can even carry it out yourself without any particular mechanical skill:
- Get a replacement radar of the manufacturer’s brand name.
- Unplug the old backup sensor from the back of the bumper.
- Remove the damaged parking sensor from your car, this step is very intuitive, it is simply clipped on.
- Remount the new sensor and connect it.
- All you’ll have to do is test it to make sure it’s working properly.
How to install an aftermarket parking sensor kit on my car
Now we move on to the part you’re probably most interested in, how to install a reverse sensor set up on a vehicle that doesn’t have one? As we explained earlier, you’re lucky because a good number of OEMs now offer aftermarket backup radar models. However, the best performing and least fragile models will be models that fit into your bumper. We will focus on these models in this section. It is necessary to have some notions in electricity, and some notions in do-it-yourself to consider the installation of the kit. You will surely have to remove the bumper of your car for the installation, do not hesitate to consult our article on this subject to discover the procedure to follow. If you don’t feel like it, you can call a professional, the procedure should take him between 1 and 2 hours, and for you around 3 hours.
- You will only need to follow the installation instructions, but we summarize here the main steps.
- Remove the bumper if you don’t have access to the inside of it.
- Reflect on the ideal position of the sensors to avoid blind spots, using the supplied drill bell, drill your bumper.
- Position your various sensors.
- Route the cables to the headlamp unit that contains your reverse light.
- Get the current from the wires to connect your parking sensors to this one.
- Try it all out.
Install a parking sensor without drilling on my car
And finally, we will now present you the installation of a drill-free parking sensors system on a vehicle. There are two types, the ultrasounds more fragile because exposed to the shocks, and the electromagnetics which stick behind the bumper and which are thus protected, it does not damage your bumper and will thus be easy to remove. This type of radar sticks on the bumper. The installation of these types of sensors will be similar.
- Follow the installation manual which is accessible with some electrical bases.
- Locate the ideal sensor location, either behind the bumper for the electromagnetic reversing sensor(adhesive tape) and or the different locations of the ultrasonic sensors.
- Glue them together and connect them using the box provided.
- Try it all out.
What’s the price of parking sensors for my car?
Price of replacing a defective reversing parking sensor for a vehicle
The replacement of a damaged reversing radar will depend on the model, but the price will vary between 10 and 30 euros per sensor. It is necessary to count approximately one hundred euros for the installation of the kit by a professional.
Price of an ultrasonic parking sensors with drilling for my car
For the models with holes there are many kits and different brands but you will have to count around 50 euros for a good quality kit.
Price of a parking sensors kit without drilling for my car
Finally, for the price of a reversing radar without drilling for your car, whatever type you choose, you will have to pay between 30 and 60 euros.