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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 13-11-2018, 00:07 Thread Starter
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Parking sensors

I expect to take delivery of a new Swift Escape in a few months. The van will be fitted with parking sensors. I plan to fit a towbar and might sometimes want to carry a scooter rack or trailer. I am worried that the parking sensors will alarm when I engage reverse with a rack or trailer fitted. Does anyone have any experience with this? Can I disable the sensors by switching them off or removing the fuse? I am not getting much advice from the dealer. Many thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 13-11-2018, 07:55
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I have a Citroen fitted with parking sensors, when the trailer wiring socket has its plug in place the sensors are overridden, it also has a selector switch to disable them completely.

I would think the new van should have something similar, if the supplying dealer is useless then try contacting the base vehicle manufacturer for information.


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I have parking sensors on my van (that I put a towbar bike rack onto) and my car that I sometimes use with a trailer. Both systems can be turned off. The car one has to be done every time I engage reverse, the van one permanently. Should be easy for dealer to put a switch on the live feed to the system, especially if a sale depends on it.
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It never ceases to amaze me how useless some dealers can be. I would tell the dealer that you won't be taking delivery (and paying) for the van until you get a suitable resolution. It really should be very basic stuff for any dealer. I suspect it's a lazy salesman who can't be bothered to talk to his technical people.

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Remember to tell your insurers about the modification! "Does it have sensors?", is a regular question in the fact find.


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