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    Default Parking Sensors install, but how to power up?

    I've bought a parking sensor set off Ebay - 4 sensors, a buzzer thing, and the main unit.

    Drilled the holes, put the sensors in, connected up all the wires to the main box, but now I'm left with the power cable. It's 2 wires, red, black (live - neutral). Where should I connect these to? I've read the How2, but thats with the bypass box. I'd need to connect live to something like the reverse light bulb... but where...?

    Any help appreciated.

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    Skotch lok into the reverse light wire going into the rear tail light cluster. Easy and comes on when you need them, ie when reversing.

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    - VE to Ground and the +VE to the reverse bulb via a bypass Relay (Otherwise your "Bulb Failure" indicator will keep kicking in)

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    I'd try it before fitting a bypass relay. What has you got to loose? Nothing is the answer to that.

    If it doesn't trip the bulb failure, then everything is ok. If it does, then fit a bypass relay. For the sake of one wire, I think it's worth trying it.

    The wire can easily be traced by removing the bulb holder and seeing which wire goes to the reverse bulb (lowest bulb)

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    The alternative is to have them powered up all the time when the ignition is on. Can't really see what problem it would cause, and if people get close to you while driving, then the buzzer going off would be the least of your worries IMO.

    Maybe be tripped when in traffic jams / or at junctions etc. though.

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    Thanks, I get where the live feed goes, but which is the neutral feed in the boot fuse box, or rear light cluster?

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    It can go to any ground wire or grounding point. There is a wire coming out of the rear light cluster, or a grounding point near the rear fusebox. But, as you will be running a wire to the reverse light wire, it makes sense to run them both together and use the ground wire out the cluster.

    The actual wire in the cluster will be the one that has a connection track to each bulb.

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    The White with black thin strip on your back light cluster is the live for your reversing lights. I know just done mine yesterday

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    Just done it, all up and running perfectly, not set off the bulb failure at all

    On the back of the passenger rear cluster, the black neutral wire goes to pin 6 (top) and the red live wire goes to pin 2 (second from bottom).

    Thanks for your help.

    Just need some glue now to hold the sensors in place. If you put your nails down the sides of them, you can pull them out

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