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Parking sensor displaced - how can I get at it?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Whitmarsh, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. Whitmarsh

    Whitmarsh Member

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    My car had a brush with a bank today. Although the paint was only slightly scratched, the left-most rear parking sensor was displaced; I assume it was pushed into the bumper because it is still working (red indicator in that position on the instrument panel). I hope I can just push it back into place. Can anyone tell me how to get at it - from the trunk? from the wheel-arch? from underneath?
     
  2. roblab

    roblab Active Member

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    Yes, it just pushes back in. Most body shops could do it in a minute. You can probably reach it from the wheel arch since the wheel liner is softer plastic, can be pulled out of place and then pushed back in.

    Good luck. You probably have it fixed already.
     
  3. Whitmarsh

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    Thank you very much for your response. I have now put it back; it was more of a struggle than I expected because the liner is very stiff. I did it by pulling the liner out a little way, removing a screw that secures the bumper to the body and wriggling my hand in. The sensor seems to be a push-fit, as you say but held only by a rubber seal round it. The assembly is comparatively heavy and would not stay in place, so I used some Araldite.
     

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