how do the rear park sensors work?

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Asked by Mar 28, 2011 at 08:02 AM about the 2003 Mercury Mountaineer 4 Dr STD AWD SUV

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They are basically a SONAR system. They send out a high-frequency audio signal then listen for the echo several times a second and activate the alert when an echo returns within a preset amount of time, which means it bounced off an object within the "safety zone" behind the vehicle.

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Thank you for the reply. Any idea where I can get a wiring diagram ? From what I have seen on the prices for the sensors (4) it looks like the rear view mirror is a better deal

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Any auto parts store should have or be able to order in a owners repair manual such as Haynes or Chilton. The nice thing about rear park sensors is they cover an area that you can't see in the rearview mirrors.

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Have the Haynes manual. There is no mention of the RSS. The Ford Manual which is 2 manuals cost about $70 to $100 (I also have a 2000 Lincoln TC. The 3 manuals cost $100.). Between the cost of the manuals and sensors it could be cheaper to put in a video backup system.

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Yeah, I would do that rather than spend that much on repair manuals.

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