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Fitting Reverse Parking Sensors
4 sensor with LED display type
Published by tommy_8884
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Cool Prep and bumper removal

Hello all.
After getting a lot of help on this forum on how to fit parking sensor (my original post), i decided to write a guide after doing mine. Unfortunatly my digital camera packed up so i had to use my iphone camera which is not very good at all. So i appologise for the quality of the photos

This guide shows how to fit an 4 sensor with LED display type of kit. I picked one up from ebay for 25 with postage. The kit was of the sort shown here
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Step 1 Prep:

For this job you will need
  • A parking sensor kit (obviously)
  • a wireless electric drill
  • a screwdriver
  • stardrive bit
  • phillips bit
  • wire strippers
  • stanley knife
  • hole saw bit (usually provided with kit)
  • Jack ( axel stands would be useful)
  • wheel brace
  • 1-3 hours of time
Step 2. Removing the bumper:
I was told you dont have to do this, but for the best access and to use the marks fiat provide, i advise it.

Firstly remove the carpet in the boot. Then remove the plastic cover just above the bumper inside the boot. There is 1 stardrive torque screw on the top and 2 phillips screw inside the boot. Once out, dont be shy, give it a big tug and all the clips should come free:
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Now remove the 2 top screws under the boot lid, shown below. These are stardrive torque screws.
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Next remove the 4 screws at the bottom of the bumper on the underside of the car. 2 are stardrive torque screws and 2 are phillips:
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Next step is to remove the 4 screws in each wheel arch. I was told this could be done without removing the wheels but i couldnt get to them, maybe you can ( if you dont have 17"s then give it a go with it jacked up before removing the wheels) but here goes. Jack up the car:
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Then get that wheel off and remove the 4 screws. Start from the bottom and work your way up. The bottom 3 are phillips at the top one is a stardrive torque screw.For the top one you will have to bend the plastic a bit to get to it, its well hidden up there. (When putting this back later put the top screw back first) Also you may find it difficult on a few of these screw as mine were solid with mud!
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If you have axel stands get them under now and remove the other wheel and do that side. I didnt have axel stands so i had to put the wheel back on to do the otherside. What a ball ache!

Once you have removed all 14 screws (count them and don't lose them, try to remember where they go) persuade the bumper off, it should come easily BUT be careful, make sure you put towels down to rest it on so you dont hurt your paint and you will have wires to remove before you can put it down. 2 people are good here but i managed it on my own. Once free you will see 2 number plate lights that just twist out, as well as the reverse light on the left and fog on the right (if in UK). All of them twist out.

Now put it down carefully on somethjing soft (i used the boot carpet)

The bumper is off so go to the next page!
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Re: Fitting Reverse Parking Sensors

Yay you used a towel / blanket

Good guide btw
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Re: Fitting Reverse Parking Sensors

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Yay you used a towel / blanket

Good guide btw
Thanks. Could not have done it without yours and others advice!

The guide took longer than the job!
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Re: Fitting Reverse Parking Sensors

I cant find a black and white wire, there are a lot of wires all taped up inc 3 thick black ones but no black and white
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Re: Fitting Reverse Parking Sensors

ok, if you follow the reverve light wire up from the light, it comes together with the fog light wire and numberplate wires then goes through the grommet. The colours may be different on your car. If you look closely right by where the wire connects to the lamp you should be able to see the colours your looking for. The solid black should be the earth and the other wil be positive. Note that it does not matter which earth you connect it to, so if there is more than one black wire chose any, or just connected to any un painted metal part of the car.

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Re: Fitting Reverse Parking Sensors

Maybe it would help if the bumper was off? LOL. I didnt have to do this as I have a different kind of parking sensors, I have the wires from it inside the car in the "cubby hole" but have no idea which wires to connect it to, there must be 20 wires altogether. Ah well, another job for the weekend
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Greate guide tommy!

Are the sensors working well then? Im always sceptical when something is so cheap like this. Do they pick up thin bollards etc?
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Greate guide tommy!

Are the sensors working well then? Im always sceptical when something is so cheap like this. Do they pick up thin bollards etc?
I will have to be honest and say no! They are ok most of the time but didnt seem to warn me i was about to reverse into a car yesterday! Now i have done all the hard work i can easily replace them with better ones though!
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Great guide tommy_8884, did this today following the guide and was made really easy. Thanks again.
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Re: Fitting Reverse Parking Sensors

What an excellent guide! Thanks.
I recently fitted some to my GP using your guide and found the biggest problem was undoing the bottom screw to the rear of the back wheel, It`s impossible to do without taking the wheel off,there`s no room to get a scewdriver in. The screws on mine were covered in crud,but eventualy responded to gentle persuation.
I fitted the ones from Dolphin Audio;they came ready painted in the right colour but I sprayed them anyway.
They work very well considering they cost less than 50 all in.
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What an excellent guide! Thanks.
I recently fitted some to my GP using your guide and found the biggest problem was undoing the bottom screw to the rear of the back wheel, It`s impossible to do without taking the wheel off,there`s no room to get a scewdriver in. The screws on mine were covered in crud,but eventualy responded to gentle persuation.
I fitted the ones from Dolphin Audio;they came ready painted in the right colour but I sprayed them anyway.
They work very well considering they cost less than 50 all in.
Yes the bolts in the wheel arch can be really hard to get out. I recommend blasting the dirt out with a pressure washer first, and you will def have to take the wheels off!
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Re: Fitting Reverse Parking Sensors

Brilliant guide - very informative, especially for the enthusiastic (but pretty pants) DIY mechanic like myself!

One question... I am about to buy a Stilo JTD Dynamic 3dr hatch, which is fitted with the bulb checking system. Is there any impact from this installation or any preventative steps you would recommend to stop any odd warning errors form coming up?

I am looking at installing the Parking Dynamics PD1 electromagnetic sensors, no link as noob, because it does not require any holes in the bumper and is pretty cheap . Consequently wondered if anyone had any experience or comment?

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Re: Fitting Reverse Parking Sensors

cheers for the guide!
did this on saturday - in response to the wires I found them to be different aswell, theres a plain white wire which is the positive and two plain black wires, I dont think it matters which black one you use; I chose one and it works fine

18 works perfect for parallel parking (i.e. cars) but be careful of other things like trees..... but I mostly park by cars not trees

I would say though - typical fiat to find 3 screws had already fell out from the wheel arches (3 in total)
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Nicely decribed
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Re: Fitting Reverse Parking Sensors

Thanks for posting up the guide

I had the Parking Dynamics ones fitted to my car, they have a strip hidden behind the bumper rather than drilling those sensors through the bumper so you can't see anything.

My GF's car has the sensor type ones factory fitted which work ok and these ones seem just as good.

Bit nicer if you don't want to drill into the car. Just a suggestion
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