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Hi,

So as part of my latest obsession in finding my sister a MiTo, she is keen to have some parking sensors fitted.

Given I am reasonably handy with the spanners and a soldering gun, I wanted to check with anyone who has fitted some generic parking sensors.

I have no problem getting the bumper off and fitting the gubbins in the bumper itself, my question is more around the wiring.

I was going to chase the wire from the rear parking light into the boot, splice the live connection from the parking sensors into it and try to find an earthing point, however speaking to my specialist today (who hasnt fitted sensors for many years) suggested that playing with the original wiring will send the canbus off into a tizz.

He thought on the MiTo there is a connector block behind the bumper that you could solder the connections to. Any tips from anyone that has done this?

i.e where to connect the live, where to earth it e.t.c

Thanks :thumbup:
 

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No, you definitely need the feed from the back-up lamp. Light bulb checks don't mind as the reversing sensors take very little power but should you encounter a problem you need to add a relay and use the reverse light signal to switch the relay, and get the power from a cigaret lighter (if one is handy, not familiar with the mito). Earth whereverit's handy, but I suggest using an earth shared by the wiring loom.
 

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No, you definitely need the feed from the back-up lamp. Light bulb checks don't mind as the reversing sensors take very little power but should you encounter a problem you need to add a relay and use the reverse light signal to switch the relay, and get the power from a cigaret lighter (if one is handy, not familiar with the mito). Earth whereverit's handy, but I suggest using an earth shared by the wiring loom.
Thanks,

I am 95% certain of how to do it now, better safe than sorry given I will be popping back to the south west for a weekend to see family and no doubt spend all weekend tinkering with this MiTo ! :thumbup:
 

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Have you guys heard of the FenSens? Apparently it's a newer parking sensor that installs in 5 minutes with no wires. https://fensens.com
I haven't but it looks like a simple solution.

PS: Electromagnetic sensor fitted this weekend (no drill version). Works perfectly:thumbup:
 

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Fitted a Nikkai kit from Maplins to our Sele' in about 2007?

Removed it when we sold the 147, leaving no evidence of one having been fitted.

Fitted it to her Korean tick-tock machine, and it still works 100% today in 2016. :thumbup:
 

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If anyone needs any pointers on how to fit the electromagnetic sensors e.g. these ones http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Electroma...adar-Sensor-Reversing-Light-New-/152006791104 they come in all sorts of prices, like £6 from China ! but make sure its the full kit.

1) Remove bumper - there are 2/3 bolts at the top once you open the tailgate, two underneath the bumpers near the rear lights and about 3 screws and 1 star shaped socket inside each arch. Once this is all removed,the top of the bumper under the lights will pull free with a tug. You can remove the connections to the lights (lower left and right, as well as the number plate lights) either before or after the bumper is off.

2) Clean the back of the bumper where you are going to apply the strip, we rolled it out until about 15cm away from each edge and put it just below the lip supporting the lower part of the bumper. Not all of it was 'stuck' down and some floating in mid air but it doesn't make a difference and is perfectly secure.

3) Next remove the rear and left side interior trim panel, to the left hand side (behind where the bumper was), you will see a rubber grommit and some cables going into it. From the inside push the spade connector through and leave the bits inside for the moment. Also make a note of the colour of the wire coming from the reversing light.

4) Next get a friend to help you lift the bumper, connect the spade connector you pushed through the grommit onto the spade at the end of the strip you applied to the bumper. Then push fit the bumper back on (being careful not to trap any wires, probably best to push in the numberplate lights at this time and dont trap the lower cables for the reversing lights.

5) Now disconnect the battery, go back into the boot and find the cable that matches the colour of the reversing light, you can simply use a red 'scotch lock' to splice into the existing cable and the live to the box, or strip and solder on to be 100% of the connection. Then strip the earth wire back, and wrap it around the earth to the left that has about 8 black cables going to it.

6) Reconnect the battery and stick it in reverse, it should beep once to tell you its active and then walk behind and hopefully it beeps as expected ;)

7) Once happy, stick the control box where you want (I did it on the back panel) and the buzzer where you want (I stuck over the left arch). Re-assemble and marvel at your work. :thumbup:
 
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