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All inns and outs of how to make a car drive backwards safely (Left hand drive!)


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Wimbo hates scratches and dents. An X-Trail is a big car. Accidents are mostly hidden in small corners… So, I bought me an EPS system. Stands for Electronic Parking System. No, no, no…. not the one with the knobs in the bumper (Yach…. Hate the looks of it!)
This one works with an invisible antenna at the inner backside of the bumper.
At first I checked out all the parts: all was complete. Tried the buzzer (12 V piëzo), rolled out he antenna, checking wires. All was there.
Well, I tried to get out the lamp-unit left-side. Unscrewed the two bolts, but it won't come of. I know that plastic will brake easily, so I did not force it. Maybe another screw at the top? No, just pull it out firmly will do the trick. Start at the left topside. It has Snap-Lock (Is that the right word?) that you only can get out by pulling it towards you with a little force.
Now I had to connect the live wire of the system with the live wire of the back-drive lights. But witch one? Multi-meter will do the job. Use Scotch wiring connector to connect them.
http://www.etrailer.com/tv-helpful_hint ... k_564.aspx
That was easy! By the way: it's the black/yellow stripe one…
Time to get the trunk floor-plate out. Even so the little "potholes" beside it. There is the place to be! Almost naked metal, cables, ventilation flaps…
Now hide the cables. I choose to put them under the trunk-door rubbers to lead them from the back-light into the booth. As on the pictures, you see that only 2 cm of wire are visible. I can live with that… Hate drilling in a car.
I leaded them down to the booth-floor and hide them behind the plastic screens of the booth-end, into the left empty appendage box. (Watch it, you English: reverse sides!!) First get the foam box out.
There I put the black box too. It comes with double sided foam-tape, so it will fit anywhere on a smooth surface. See photo.
Then the hard and last part. Remove the bumper. Someone gave me the drawings (Thanks Umbongo!) and I went to work.
Remove the 5 bolts to make the bumper-protector lose. Remember what came of where…
Then unscrew the six bolts: Two bolts at the back, four in the fender. There are four clips too. They need to come off also (Near the mud-flaps) Pull the bumper side-wards. Now I tried to lift the upper side of the bumper, under the trunk door, so I could get my hands in it. No way. Pull it backwards, it's clipped. (Yellow clips) Then, the whole bumper gets off. Be careful to no scratch it! I put a blanket under it.
The wire to connect it with the black-box; I put it through a rubber lit at the left side of the car (Near ventilation flaps) When you put the bumper in place, pull the wire into the trunk.
Beware of: moving wires!! Tape them all so, that they cannot move at all and make the antenna mad. It reacts on moving objects, that's why! At the antenna is 3 cm of wire with a mail-connector. What you have to do, is make a longer wire with two female connectors to the black box (It's now 10 cm at most and that's way too short!!) This works out well. And safes the antenna that's a bit vulnerable…
Clean the inside of the bumper with water and soap + alcohol. Then, a precise job. Place the antenna-tape on the right spot: Min. 5 centimeters away from metal! If you have a tow-bar (Me, me!!) you can put tape on the beams of this bar; this will help. Otherwise there will / can be interference. Put a peace of DUCT-tape over the ends of the antenna-tape, so it will not come off.
At that time, I tried the whole system, by connecting all wires to the black box. Gentlemen: start your engines! Beep…. Yep, the sound I expected. The system is so build, that it gives one little beep by changing gear in reverse (Just checking…)
But… no sound when approaching the bumper. Just, when I come with my hand in the neighborhood of the connector, it beeps. What the !!#%**!*! Try, try and try again. No way. This does not work.
Phone the dealer. "Send all parts back; we'll check it out for you. And I did. Cost me a lot of work. All the wires were beautiful hidden, etc. Antenna itself was at the bumper with self adhesive tape… Ever tried to get this kinda tape loose? I do not recommend that!
After a few days, they send me a brand-new set. But therefore the bumper most get of again. At least I'm a bumper-take-off-specialist now…
Here we go again. Fit all parts again. Unfold the antenna (I'm curious!) and hold it in the neighborhood of the tow hook. Getting closer: Beep------ beep------ beep. Closer beep--- beep--- beep. Closer Beep-beep-beep-beep… Closer Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!! Yes!
Next. On the picture you see a messy bunch of wires. I made these look good by stick them together with that hairy tape (Velcro?) and taped them afterwards on the back-side the booth. Like it was always there… Which cannot be said of the other cable-tree… Someone put the tow-hook on in the past and has thought: under the floor; no-one sees this mess…
So, what I did: taped it in to make it neat.
The buzzer. On the buzzer there is a short piece of wire till the first connector. What I did. Drilled a tiny hole in the plastic left "wall" of the booth, lead the wire and first connector through it and place the buzzer over the hole. Bye, bye hole…
Do this BEFORE you put the bumper on the car. The moment of truth. … All wires connected? Right. Gentlemen, start your engines! Contact on, gear in reverse. Beep. So far, so good. Approaching the bumper carefully (lays still on the floor) 80 cm: Getting closer: Beep ****** beep ****** beep. Closer beep *** beep *** beep. Closer Beep*beep*beep*beep… Closer: Beeeeeeeeeeeeep!!! Yes!
After this happy moment (after all…) I had to make the car look well again, by putting the bumper on. Again. Best way to do this by having four hands. 15 minutes later: all looks well again; test-drive! My wife's car is on the street. Driving backwards to it. Slow, very slow (You never know, you know) Getting closer: Beep ****** beep ****** beep. Closer beep *** beep *** beep. Closer Beep*beep*beep*beep… Closer: Beeeeeeeeeeeeep!!! Yes! Just one more thing: Keep in mind, that the tow-hook is +/- 20 cm's behind the bumper!! Keep this in mind before…. Right. Ever seen what a lethal weapon a tow-hook is? Yes I did… Fortunately it was mine!

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1 Wire through.jpg


2 Side.jpg


3 Antenna.jpg


4 Buzz buzz.jpg


5 Wire.jpg


6 Messy.jpg


7 Mess.jpg


8 Fixed wire.jpg


9 Bumper iside.jpg


10 Bumper lose.jpg


11 Bumper off.jpg


12 Almost lose.jpg


13 Connections A.jpg


14 Connections B.jpg
 

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Good job Wimbo


I've sorted your photos for your post I had to re size them it's taken a while to do, but they're OK now. What did you take the photos with the phone camera ?...........................
 

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Well done Wimbo - glad you got it all sorted out. Certainly wasn't a 10 minute job and impressed with your patience. Good photos and write up as well - very thourough. Black Bomb is all ready for your holiday now - where abouts in Germany are you going?

Heeft u een veilige reis en geniet van uw vakantie.

Vandy.
 

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Hey Umbongo, thanks for the job. I got the message that all together was too much (size) to publish. But you did the job, great.

Vandy: patience? I have lots of it... Last update: the car wasn't completely ready for the trip to Germany yet (Lunne, by the way; near Nordhorn and Lingen. That's Emsland, Neder Saksen) The final touch was wind-deflectors for all windows. And they're on now, see picture.

O yeah, by the way: the camera is a semi-professional Minolta digital. A few years old, but a damn fine camera with lots of possebillities!!
 

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All looking very good Wimbo. The wind deflectors look great against the black paintwork - nice job. What make are the wind deflectors - look very neat.

Take care.
 
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