Parking Sensor Fitting Instructions and Service for the PD1


Installation & Technical Guides

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The Parking Dynamics PD1 parking sensor has an easy 3-wire installation and comes complete with Universal Installation Instructions enabling any good DIYer to install this without any problems making the installation simple, safe and secure.

Installation & Technical Guides

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  • Parking Dynamics PD1 Installation Best Practices - Download Now
  • Boosting PD1 Sensor Detection Range (ideal if a tow bar is fitted) - Download Now
  • Bumper Removal Overview - Download Now


Installation Tips

Installation Tips

  • Bumper removal is always recommended and install the antenna on the most protruding part of bumper. Not as hard as you would think. Bumpers are purely costmetic now.
  • Install Antenna no lower than 40 cm from the ground, max height 60cm and optimum is 50 cm. 
  • Twist the 2 antenna wires to together and join as one. They origination at 2 different points inside of the ECU. You can extend this twin antenna wire (from ECU to antenna) up to 20cm but ensure it is fastened along its route using lots of mastic, so there is no movement in the wire and preventing false alarms. Ensure all excess is pulled into car so as not to interfere with the detection range.
  • Add a small piece of the included black adhesive material or Black Duct / Duck / Gaffa tape on either end of the antenna to ensure permanent adhesion to your bumper.
  • Its recommended (but not essential) to cover the antenna with a black anti-rust protection paint that is applied to the underneath of a car chassis to protect from the elements or use a similar plastic protection primer.
  • Don't cut the reverse light wire when attaching the red wire from the ECU. Using wire cutters or snips score a crease in the insulation of the wire and then force the insulation back exposing the bare wire but not actually cutting through the copper wire. You can now neatly attach the red wire of the PD1, solder and then cover with insulation tape.
  • Learn more with the Installation Best Practices PDF

Installation Pre-Test

  • To ensure optimum operation and detection we recommend running a pre-test prior to fixing the antenna on permanently. Place antenna in position and before fixing the bumper back on permanently test with your hand.
  • When doing a Pre-Test only approach the vehicle once and then reset the system by disengaging reverse gear or false interpretations of the system can be given during this test.
  • Learn more with the Installation Best Practices PDF.

 

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Metal Crash Protection Bar Behind Bumper?

If there is a metal crash protection bar directly behind your bumper and the antenna is within 3 cms of this when the bumper is re-fitted you have 4 options below to prevent a reduction in the detection range of the Sensor.

  1. Install the antenna slightly higher or lower than the crash protection bar but not lower than the recommended minimum of 40 cms from the ground, with 50 cms being optimum height.
     
  2. Install 2 antennas in parallel with a gap of 5-12 cms apart, with the lowest at a minimum height of 40 cms from ground. Twist the 2 antennas together at the terminal end and run in parallel, installing them on the most protruding part of the bumper. View Additional Antenna and read the Boosting Detection Range PDF.
     
  3. Insulate the metal crash protection bar. Read more
     
  4. Cover the entire length of the metal crash protection bar with Black Duct, Duck or Gaffa tape, available from any DIY store. Isn’t as effective as 1, 2 or 3 above but may help reduce any interference from the crash bar.

Installing the Parking Sensor Antenna on an irregular shaped bumper!

The Parking Dynamics PD1 sensor antenna is 1cm in height and offers limitless and flexible installations on front and rear bumpers of all shapes and sizes. The images below show that the antenna that mounts on the inner side of your bumper can fit an irregular shaped bumper without problems giving you optimum operation and total parking protection.

PD1 Parking Sensor Fits any shape bumper ensuring a flexible install PD1 Parking Sensor fits any shape or size of bumper for a flexible install

Antenna Installation

The Parking Dynamics PD1 sensor antenna is 1cm in height and offers limitless and flexible installations on front and rear bumpers of all shapes and sizes. You can install it as per the instructions so the connector is at the passenger side of the vehicle close to the light cluster to run the twin antenna from the ECU.

Antenna Installation

But also as below you can mount the terminal in the centre of the bumper. This is ideal for vehicles that have the wiring and the hole with a grommet to pass the twin antenna wire through in a central location. 

PD1 Antenna



Warning: Correct Routing of the Twin Antenna Wire Essential

Do NOT route the twin antenna wire through the Air Valve (if your car has one) as you will get many false alarms. The Air Valve (pictured below) is present to allow air out of the car when you slam the doors. If you route the wire through this air valve you will get movement on the twin wire and false alarms as a result.

Its recommended you run the twin antenna wire through a rubber grommet from within the car (ECU) to the outside of the car (pictured below) where it connects to the Antenna on the bumper. Also ensure the twin antenna lead is fixed to the car body along its full length (using mastic) to prevent any movement.
  

PD1 Antenna



Vehicles NOT Compatible

The following vehicles are NOT compatible with the PD1 sensor

Mazda B2500 Pick up | Mitsubishi L200 | Nissan Pathfinder | Nissan Navara | Toyota Rav 4 (Pre 2006) | Jeep Wrangler | New Audi A4 (2009 - with honeycomb behind bumper) | Peugeot AutoSleeper Mezan, Vans

Please Contact Us if you have any concerns about the compatiblity of your vehicle.



Installation Process

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

The Universal Parking Dynamics PD1 is compatible with any Car, Vehicle, 4x4, MPV, SUV and Motor home that has a plastic bumper and as 99.9% of cars and vehicles have plastic bumpers, you have no need to be concerned, even if your bumper appears part metal the PD1 will work. If you are in any doubt please contact us.

The PD1 antenna is easy to fit and requires no bumper adjustments or holes ensuring a damage free installation. The antenna is cost effective to replace should you wish to move the sensor to a new car in the future or simply require a replacement.

Mounting the Electronic Control Unit (ECU)

The ECU can be installed in various locations such as inside of the boot behind the trim, inside your rear bumper, inside the engine bay or behind the vehicle dash board or trim with the included adhesive mount.

Mounting the Speaker

Mount the parking sensor speaker using the included adhesive mount. The volume is loud enough to provide a good warning even if mounted behind your vehicles interior trim. This connects to the ECU by push fit connection.

Mounting the Antenna

Mount the adhesive metallic parking sensor antenna onto the inner side of the front and/or rear bumper (depending upon which sensor option you choose) making sure the bumper surface is clean before attaching.

Ensure the terminal connector is on the side where you have located the ECU. When the antenna has been attached, covering the whole of the bumper from left to right (leaving approx 15cm from the edges); the excess length is cut off. Place a piece of the included adhesive material or tape at either end of the antenna to ensure a secure installation onto the bumper. Its recommended (but not essential) to cover the antenna with a black anti-rust protection paint that is applied to the underneath of a car chassis or similar to protect from the elements.

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 nearby metal parts. The recommended position of the parking sensor antenna is at least 40cm from ground level, 60cm max and with 50cm being optimum.

Once the bumper is removed, if your vehicle has a metal crash protection bar and the antenna will be within 3 cm's of this metal bar (once the bumper is re-fitted) you can install a 2nd Antenna to prevent any reduction in detection range or insulate the metal crash bar. This is only required on a small number of vehicles but the option is available if required. Read these 2 technical documents to learn more. Boosting Detection Range and Insulating Metal Crash Bar

 

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Electrical Connections

    PD1 Rear Parking Sensor:
  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). Don't cut the reverse light wire. Using wire cutters or snips score a crease in the insulation of the wire and then force the insulation back exposing the bare wire but not actually cutting through the copper wire. You can now neatly attach the red wire of the PD1, solder and then cover with insulation tape.
  3. Black twin antenna wire connects from electronic control unit (ECU) and run wire with spade connector and connect to adhesive antenna. Twist both wires together and add the supplied spade terminal.  Extend this twin wire (up to 20cm)  if extra length is required. Fasten along its route with mastic to prevent movement. 
    PD1 Front Parking Sensor:
  1. Black wire MUST be connected to the ground (body / chassis) of the vehicle.
  2. Red wire is connected inline with the switch and and the 12V ignition wire. Live only when ignition is active.
  3. Black twin antenna wire connects from electronic control unit (ECU) and run wire with spade connector and connect to adhesive antenna. Twist both wires together and add the supplied spade terminal.  Extend this twin wire (up to 20cm)  if extra length is required. Fasten along its route with mastic to prevent movement.
    PD1 Vision Parking Sensor:
  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). Don't cut the reverse light wire. Using wire cutters or snips score a crease in the insulation of the wire and then force the insulation back exposing the bare wire but not actually cutting through the copper wire. You can now neatly attach the red wire of the PD1, solder and then cover with insulation tape.
  3. Black twin antenna wire connects from electronic control unit (ECU) and run wire with spade connector and connect to adhesive antenna. Twist both wires together and add the supplied spade terminal.  Extend this twin wire (up to 20cm)  if extra length is required. Fasten along its route with mastic to prevent movement.
  4. Mount LCD Display on rear view mirror using the included self adhesive pad and run wires to ECU.


Bumper Removal & DIY Installation

99.9% of car & vehicle bumpers are made of plastic making the PD1 fully compatible

Installing the Parking Dynamics PD1 car parking and reverse sensor is simple, safe and secure. Depending on your car or vehicle, the bumper may have to be removed. On some cars just loosening the bumper by releasing the locator screws will enable access for installation. If you choose a professional installation most auto electricians, car audio and security installers, 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 main bolts and screws and some locators. In a few cases rivets are used that need to be popped out and simply replaced from your dealer parts department (at a minimal cost) when re-fitting.

If required your dealer's parts department can provide an exploded view (print off) of your front and rear bumper assembly and this will show you exactly how the bumper is fixed to your car or vehicle and where any screws, locators or rivets can be found. Alternatively a Haynes Manual will detail this information.

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Installation Slideshows

Step by Step Installation Guide Slideshows

The Parking Dynamics PD1 Rear Parking Sensor has an easy 3-wire installation and comes complete with Universal Installation Instructions enabling any good DIYer to install this without any problems making the installation simple, safe and secure.

View our generic overview slideshow of the install process clicking the links below. You'll get a clear understanding of the steps involved. Also see the installation instructions for key installation tips and tricks to ensure the install goes smoothly. Be aware that you may have to do these steps in a slightly different order depending on your car or vehicle.


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I can't believe the ease by which the parking sensor was fitted and we just love the discrete 'hidden' sensor design. What a difference the PD1 makes to both mine and my wife's parking and reversing.

The audible alert keeps our attention to a maximum level and really helps with tight parking spaces.

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