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Fitting Reversing Sensors to a 2000 Facelift Omega

Discussion in 'Omega How to and FAQ's' started by deadlydave, May 2, 2009.

  1. deadlydave

    deadlydave New Member

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    Having fitted some sensors to my Omega I thought it would be a good idea to show how I did mine as to help anyone planning on fitting their own.

    Firstly, If you make a complete pigs ear of this then don't blame me :ROFLMAO:

    You'll need the following:

    T-20 Torx bit /driver
    Stanley knife
    wire cutters / strippers
    electrical tape
    masking tape
    tape measure
    cordless drill
    possibly a flat bladed screwdriver
    reverse sensor kit
    socket set
    soldering iron

    Allow yourself anything up to 2 hours to do the job depending on how quick you work, but it's better to take your time...

    Step 1: Drill the holes. Put masking tape on the rear bumper and mark out where you want your sensors to go. use your tape measure to mark them at an equal distance.
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    Next, open your reverse sensor kit, take out the drill bit supplied with it and fit it in your cordless drill. carefully let the drill bit make the pilot hole but dont bare down hard on the drill - let the drill bit do the work and it'll cut a perfect hole ready for the sensor...
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    Once you've drilled all the holes where you want them, remove the masking tape. Now we need to pull the bumper off halfway so we can fit the sensors and route the sensor wires... If your anything like me you'll need plenty of fighting room :D
    to remove the bumper take your T-20 torx bit / driver and remove the two screws on both sides of the bumper edges, located as show in the two photos - One is at the top, and one is underneath ( be careful removing them as they tend to get chewed...)
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    Then undo the one underneath:
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    Then you need to remove the 2 plastic clips that hold the underside centre of the bumper in place: Theyre the sort of clips with the plastic peg that goes through the centre and opens out the other side. if you get a flat blade on the inside of the clip you can push the peg out the centre and remove the clips:
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    next there's 4 blanking covers just under the boot rubber, carefully pull the rubber out the way then pop these off to reveal 4 more torx screws, you'll need to remove these too - you can just make one out in this picture below:
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    Before we remove the bumper, there's more stripping to do:
    Remove the spare wheel cover, then remove the spare wheel.

    we now need to remove the plastic trim inside the boot to reveal the nuts holding the bumper on as well as the wiring we need to tap into.

    Theres 6 plastic screw on type caps which hold the plastic cover on. one top and bottom at either side and two in the centre at the bottom. We also need to remove 4 T-20 torx screws from the top edge, so here goes:

    Remove top plastic cap:
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    Then the bottom cap, then do the same the other side..
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    Then remove the two in the centre of the trim at the bottom:
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    You should have removed about 6 plastic caps, which just leaves the 4 torx screws to remove...
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    when they're removed, you should be able to wrestle the trim free and remove it from the car.

    Now you can undo and remove the two nuts holding the bumper on:
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    When the nuts have been removed you should be able to free the bumper and pull it towards you - it does help if you've got a piece of old carpet knocking about to rest it on to avoid scratches.

    now, you can fit the sensors according to the sensor manufacturers instructions making sure you've pushed them all the way home (double check them before we pop the bumper back on because you dont want to do it twice :rolleyes:
    Once the sensors are in place, we will feed the wires through the rubber grommet in the centre by the boot catch. (make sure you fit the grommet back otherwise water may find its way in through there if not fitted back properly) I've placed my sensor control box in the same area if you look in the photo below - If you've got masses of sensor wire left over, neatly tape them all up and fit them into the small aperture along the with the controller box.
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    So that just leaves the wiring now. take the earth wire and run it from the controller box to the left hand corner of the boot, you'll notice there's an earthing point. you can fix the earth wire here
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    From where the control box is situated, you can open the car's wiring loom by cutting any electrical tape away and tape up the earth wire, live wire, and speaker wire from the control box so everything is neat and tidy, you can continue doing this until we get to the top of the boot which is where we're going to connect the live wire. see the previous picture to get an idea of what i mean (The thick black and red wires are the ones from the control box in the image)

    This is the main bit of the wiring. we need to connect the live wire to the car live for the reverse lights.. you need to remove all the tape and any cable ties from the wiring loom so you can see where the cars wires from the boot lid join the main loom in the boot.
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    If you follow the black plastic sleeving into the boot you'll find 4 or 5 wires comming out of it. We need to snip the white wire with the black stripe on it, (if your wiring has different colours you'll need to find the live using a volt meter..) strip the plastic of its ends using the wire cutters and join it up to our red live from the control box. Soldering these wires together now will ensure you've got a good connection. you can now tape this wire up.
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    O.k, switch the ignition on but dont start the car obviously, and pop the car into reverse. you should get an initial beep to say the control box is activated. now walk round the back and see if the sensors are working. placing a board a small distance away will allow you to test the sensors.

    If everything is ok we'll finish off the wiring.

    You can now tape up and cable tie the loom
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    Also tape the speaker wire in with the loom which you can run up to the rear seat area...
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    From here you can run the speaker cable through the rear seat aperture..
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    Then where you put your speaker is up to you depending on how deaf you are :ROFLMAO: I placed mine just at the back of the side bolster, partly showing. It's more than loud enough for me.
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    Now, tidy everything up, bolt up your bumper, re-fit your boot trim and thats about it! (y)
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  2. philrich1064

    philrich1064 New Member

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    Bloody well done, deadlydave!!!!

    :love: Bloody well done mate!, that 'Howto' is as clear as crystal and even a total plonker like me will have no trouble following it. I can't thank you enough for all the time & trouble you have gone to, it really is 'above and beyond the call of duty'. I'd better stop now before I propose marriage!:ROFLMAO:
    Kindest Regards, Phil.(y)(y)(y)(y)(y)
     
  3. Kumamoto

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    Brilliant how to guide!!. I wanted to have mine fitted at vauxhall,but they want £199. I will give it a go thanks to your guide.;)
     
  4. EMINES

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    Yehh Nice one! Ive had one sat in the garage draw for months, couldnt be bothered. But you have just inspired me THANKS. And brilliant attention to detail Mike.....
     
  5. eric lacey

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    I have followed these instructions and the poorly written install instruction for front and rear sensors I need to find the nearest ignition live wire to run a cable to the sensor control unit mounted in the boot. Has anyone any idea where the nearest to the boot is, or do I have to run a wire all the way back to the ignition switch. 2003 Omega. Thanks in anticipation.
     

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