Parking Dynamics PD1 Front Installation Slideshow
The Parking Dynamics PD1 Front 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.
This is a simple and generic overview slideshow of the install process. Be aware that you may have to do these steps in a slightly different order depending on your car or vehicle. Also see the installation instructions for key installation tips and tricks to ensure the install goes smoothly.
1. Locate Main Bumper Bolts
1. Locate Main Bumper Bolts: Locate Main Bumper Bolts: Locate and loosen the main bumper bolts (or rivets if fitted) that hold your bumper in postion. These may be visible from the outside or from under the wheel arch as in step 2. In addition to this your bumper will have clips that hold it in place once the main bolts have been removed and this ensures its stays in position safely once these bolts are removed. Also ideal for testing the sensor prior to securing the bumper back on once the antenna is fitted.
2. Locate Screws Under Wheel Arch
2. Locate Screws Under Wheel Arch: Working under your wheel arch remove the screws, torx screws or clips holding your mud guard on. You typically won't need to remove the mud guard in full, just enough so you can gain access to remove the fastners holding each side/edges of your bumper on. Remove these fasteners and then remove the 2 or 4 fastners holding the underneath of your bumper accessed from the front of your vehicle.
3. Remove Bumper
3. Remove Bumper: Now that all of your screws, torx screws, clips (fastners) are out, your bumper will typically be held on with clips and this gives it a clean fit against your bodywork and gives a seamless fit.
4. Remove Glove Box if Required to Mount ECU
4. Remove Glove Box if Required to Mount ECU: A good location to mount the PD1 ECU is behind the glove box and then extend and run the twin antenna wire through your bulk head/fire wall to the front bumper. If you do extend the twin antenna wire keep it as short as possible and ensure it doesn't bounce about when fitted near the bumper. To remove your glove box find the locating screws or torx screws or clips. Some simply pop out when you pull on the hinged door.
5. Mount ECU With Black Mastic or Tie Strap in Engine Bay or Under Dash
5. Mount ECU with Black Mastic or Tie Strap in Engine Bay or Under Dash: Cut the included black mastic strip in half and use half to mount the ECU on a suitable flat surface either horizontally or vertically. You'll use the other half (cut in half again) to secure each end of the antenna. Alternatively use tie straps to hold the ECU in a suitable location.
6. Connect Black Wire to Earth
6. Connect Black Wire to Earth: Connect the black wire from the ECU to a suitable earth point on the chassis of the car. You'll find a suitable earth point on most vehicles where you can connect the earth wire close to the fuse box or battery.
7. Mount Switch (1 Side to Ignition and 1 Side to Switch)
7. Mount Switch: The switch activates the PD1-Front sensor as the sensor would false alarm if permanently active. You'll find a suitable location on your dash in a blanker plate or below your steering wheel on the plastic casing or the trim below this. Run an ignition feed to one side of the switch and connect the red wire from the PD1 ECU to the other side of the switch.
8. Locate Grommet and Run Antenna from ECU to Outside
8. Locate Grommet and Run Twin Antenna Wire from ECU to Outside: Locate the grommet provided by the car manufacturer in the bulk head/fire wall close to the bumper hinges. Pass the twin antenna wire from the ECU to the outside. This is where the twin wire (both ends together as one) connects to the antenna tape on your bumper using the terminal provided.
You can extend this wire if required but Its important to keep it as short as possible and to ensure that it does not touch your bodywork too much nor bounce about when the vehicle is in motion or problems with the operation can result.
9. Measure Most Protruding Part on Bumper 50cm
9. Measure and Find Most Protruding Part On Bumper: Using a tape measure find the most protruding part of your bumper that will be the nearest to the approaching object and if possible mount the antenna at that height. Optimum height is 50cm from the ground but the antenna can be mounted at a min height of 40cm and max height of 60cm. But with the PD1-Front sensor you can mount the antenna as low as 20cm and this will protect your spoiler or splitter if fitted.
10. Mount 1 Antenna
11. Mount 1 Antenna: Run the adhesive metallic antenna tape covering the corners of the bumpers and onto the sides if you require side protection. The antenna must be 20cm away from the wheels which typically equates to 10cm from the edge of the bumper. To cut the antenna to size simply use scissors or wire cutters/snips and if you break it just overlap the break. The antenna can fit on any shape bumper and can run over or around the contours of your bumper. It does not have to be run in a straight line.
Before covering the antenna tape with gaffa tape do a pre-test as per the installation instructions and image 16. This will ensure the PD1 sensor is working correctly prior to re-fitting the bumper permanently.
11. Mount 2 Antennas if Required
11. Mount 2 Antennas if Required: Not usually required for the PD1-Front Sensor but in extreme cases you may need to. If having done the pre-test you decide you need to boost the detection range then simply run 2 antennas in parallel, leaving a gap of between 5cm and 12cm. If your bumper doesn't allow this gap then run the antennas closer together. See the Boosting Detection Range PDF for more details to prevent false alrams. Keep the lowest antenna above 40cm min from the ground.
12. Cover Antenna with Anti-Rust Paint to Protect from Elements
12. Cover Antenna with an Anti-Rust Paint to Protect from Elements: Please Note: We No longer recommend using Duct tape as on the image above, we have found on a small number of vehicles this holds in moisture and can give false alarms. Please cover with an anti rust paint such as a car unseal (as used to protect the underneath of a car chassis), or an alternative like wax oil. At either end of the antenna you can use the left over 50% of the included black mastic.
13. Wire Terminal to Twin Wire
13. Connect Terminal to Twin Wire Antenna: Crimp or solder the included teminal onto the twin wire joining the 2 wires together. In the above image you can see that we have used a single wire to extend the twin antenna wire. But note that we have used a single wire equivalent in thickness to the twin wires together for optimum operation.
14. Connect Twin Antenna Wire to Bumper
14. Connect Twin Antenna Wire to Bumper: It is recommended to get someone's help and while they hold the bumper, you can connect the twin antenna wire to the antenna tape on your bumper. Tape or fasten any loose twin wire to the bumper or pull any excess wire back into the car so it does not touch the bodywork to prevent interference.
16. Pre-Test With Bumper Back in Place
16. Pre-Test Sensor With Bumper Back in Place held With Clips Only: As detailed on the installation instructions, prior to re-fitting the bumper securely do a pre-test to ensure the PD1 is working correctly and the detection range is to your satisfaction. Activate the switch with the ignition on and walk up to the bumper. After each walk test de-activate the switch to reset the PD1-Front.
17. Replace Bumper and Do a Real Test
17. Replace Bumper and Do a Real Test: Now test the PD1 sensor on various objects including cars, kerbs, people, garden objects, etc. Different objects may give a slightly different detection range.
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