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Parking especially reverse parking is one of the common problems of new drivers. Fortunately there are parking assist sensors that alerts drivers of unseen obstacles during parking. The commonly used parking sensors are the ultrasonic sensors also known as proximity sensors meaning they measure the distance of nearby objects and then reflects back the detail to the parking assist sensor in the form of visual or audible means. Usually it's in the form of beeps or any other tones. The frequency of the parking assist sensor's beeps determines the distance of the obstacle to the vehicle. A continuous beep means that the obstacle is very close to the vehicle that collision is imminent. There are different types of parking assist sensor systems: 4 sensors system, 6 sensors system and a parking system with rear camera. Of these three systems the parking assist sensor system with the rear camera is the most high-end since it includes a night vision CCD camera which is good for night parking maneuvers. Some brands of vehicles are already equipped with a parking assist sensor - lucky! But for those with vehicles without the sensor you can always choose from any of parking sensor systems depending on your needs. Auto Parts Warehouse has great selection of only the top brands of parking assist sensors offered at reasonable prices. And not only that, we can match any price offered by competitors with our Low Price Guarantee Program. So what are you waiting for? Place your orders today.

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How to Choose a Parking Assist Sensor

It can get really frustrating when you're already late for work and you still have to park your car in a cramped space. And as if the universe still hasn't gotten enough laughs at your ruined mood, the free space requires you to Parallel Park. A very promising day, right? What you need is a parking assist sensor. It won't guarantee you a free parking space anywhere you go, but it will save you the hassle when parking; parallel or otherwise.

Types

  • An electromagnetic parking sensor gives off a warning when it detects an obstacle in your way when you are parking in reverse. If your vehicle stops on its approach, the sensor will continue to quietly warn you of the presence of an obstacle. On the other hand, if you choose to drive on, the sensor's warning will become more prominent as you get nearer.
  • An ultrasonic parking sensor-like the electromagnetic sensor-gives off a warning signal as you approach an obstruction. One of their main differences is the method of how they calculate an obstruction. An ultrasonic sensor predicts an obstruction by means of how fast or slow sound waves bounce back. The problem with this is that the sensor might miss a flat or small obstruction that cannot reflect sound, hence, resulting to a fender bender or a larger damage to your car.

Alarm signals

Audible beeps are the most common feedback of parking sensors. The intensity and the frequency of the beeps depend on the speed at which you are driving, and the distance of the obstruction. Usually, a continuous and high squeal is heard when your vehicle is getting extremely close.

More sophisticated parking assist systems make use of visual aids like LCD or LED readouts. Others have specific screen monitors that not only calculate the distance of the vehicle and the obstruction, but also capture an actual visual from your tail. Although, these things come for a price.

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Parking Assist Sensor: Quick Installation Guide

It does not matter whether or not your parking skills are perfect or not. It is recommended for everyone to install a parking assist sensor in their vehicles to avoid damages, or worse, accidents. Remember that as you drive-and eventually, as you park-you will encounter many obstructions that you may hit, be it a lamp post, a garbage can, or a child. As a safety precaution, invest in a reliable sensor and install it yourself to save time. It won't take you so much time, here's how:

Tools you need:

  • Tape measure
  • Drill bit (included in your installation kit)
  • Double-sided mounting tape

Difficulty level: Easy

Step 1: Measure the length of the rear bumper and divide it in half if you're installing two sensors, or in quarters if you're installing four.

Step 2: Drill the right number of holes and install the sensor 24-inches from the ground.

Step 3: Plug the sensor wires in the control box. Then, connect the control box to a parking light.

Step 4: Secure the control box somewhere inside your vehicle's trunk by taping it.

Step 5: Plug the siren connector into the control box and tape it into place.

Step 6: Tape the display unit on the dashboard and plug the wires back to the control box.

Tips:

  • Make sure that the sensor is pointing straight ahead. It will not work properly if it followed the shape and the curve of your bumper.
  • The siren can get pretty loud, it is most advisable that you install it in the trunk as well.
  • Give a little elbow room in the wire connection. Stretched and pinched wires may cause the sensors to fail.