Today on this 2010 Chevrolet Equinox we are going to install part number BPS-4 from Auto Page. First we are going to take off the tail light. A lot of times it is not necessary but it gives us extra room to take off the bumper cover so we do not scratch anything up. Next we will take out the fasteners that are on the edge of the fender wells. Underneath the vehicle by the passenger side fender well we will take out this fastener and then we will take out another fastener underneath the bumper. Repeat the same thing back over on the driver side. First thing we want to do when we take off the bumper cover is this will pop out to the side. Work it back and forth so it comes loose. Get both sides loose and then you can go straight back with the bumper. Now that we have got our bumper on the work bench we have got a better idea where we need to place the sensors. 00:56
First off it is generally the best idea to mount it up as high as possible on the bumper and on a flat surface if possible. Make sure there is nothing below it or above it that could be picked up by the sensors. Generally the surface that is farthest out will work the best too. To find the proper spacing for the sensors, the kits instructions act as a template also. It is pretty simple. Just find the center of your bumper and tape it to that and it will tell you where to put your sensors after that. That tells you on the instructions depending on the vehicle you have where to mark your holes. Another good reason to take the bumper cover off too is to make sure you do not have anything behind it so you do not drill into anything that you do not need to like the steel of the bumper or like this foam s behind a lot of bumper covers now days. We did find our marks for the factory sensors but it is going to be easier if we take off the foam part. So just remove that and we will put it back when we are done. This is actually easy. There is a little latch on the inside. You just push back and it comes out. Do not let it drag on the way out and do the same thing on the other side to get the whole styrofoam piece to come out. 02:04
You can do this, but look for one other thing. Behind the bumper look for some knockouts or some molding marks inside the back of your bumper. A lot of vehicles come with backup sensors from the factory as an option and a lot of times they will use the same bumper but they will have the molding for it but not holes drilled out for it. Flip it around and take a look for that and that will tell you the placement for your sensors as a factory would be. That is what we are going to do on this one. You have got a little bit here that comes with the kit and we are going to unscrew it, the hole saw part. We are going to put it right in the center of that hole which matches almost perfect. Then we are going to take a pointed marker and we are going to go right down the middle of it and then we will drill out our pilot hole on this side and then we will come back and do the other side with our hole saw. Now we have got our hole saw back on to our bit and and we will slowly work our way through. We are going slow so we do not melt the plastic. One down, three more to go. Now we have got all four holes drilled out. We can install the foam bumper support back on the back side of it then we can install our sensors to. We have got all four of our sensors lined out and they are all labeled alphabetically so A,B, C,D and we are going to install them just like that. We are going to start with the letter A on the driver side and work our way across. First take the cable and work it on through. Also take a look at the sensor. This ring is thick on one side and very thin on the other that allows you to match the contour of the bumper with a little adjustment so you can have them pointing straight back out. Then push it in to place. Continue it the same way with the three remaining sensors. 04:09
We are going to route our wires all the way to the driver side so we will start off with our farthest one. We will go back over and drape it over the side and then we will do our next one and do the same thing. We will take some zip ties and tie them together to help keep their shape. Then we will run this wire back into the vehicle. Before we put our bumper on we have to find a place to run our wires on the inside and this grommet right here is going to be the perfect spot for it. We are going to make the slit now while it is easy to get to and then we will put our bumper on. Take off this cover here that goes over the spare tire that way we have room to pull our wires up and work with it. Lets put our bumper back on. You are going to need an extra set of hands for this. Let the harness fall to the ground for now and we will put the bumper on. We are going to take our wires and push them through our grommet and do it one at a time and we will put them out the other side. Now we can start dealing with the control box and all you have to do is hook up these two wires. What is going to happen is we have to find a good place to hide this so we have room to plug in our cables. Looking around we found out that we are right down on the floor here on the carpet and that is a good spot for it. It is going to be pretty easy. What we are going to do next is run our wires from the inside out to our driver side tail light and make our connections. Pull the wires through. We are going to remove this grommet temporarily pop it out of the way and pull the wires out. Then we are going to take our pull wire, like safety wire or stilled wire, anything that holds its shape and push it at an angle where it goes over the carpet so you see the carpet from the inside and then down. Pull the wires back up and get the wire pulled through and split it off a little bit. Wrap it around itself so it does not fall back through. Poke a hole through the grommet and pull the ground wire through that. Put the grommet back in. There you go. This is the general idea of how we are short by a few inches on the length of wire. To make the connection we are going to lengthen these wires and make our connections to the wire harness of the vehicle. 07:13
Poke that back through. Ground the black wire which is actually brown because we ran out of black wire and we will attach that to the sheet metal right here. Next we need to find which wire does reverse. So get the test route and test to the ground we just made. Then we will put the vehicle in reverse to see which one it is. We are going to test here so I do not have to make any unnecessary holes for the wires. It looks like on this vehicle it is going to be the light green wire that is our reverse wire. Make the wire connection using the quick splice. We are done with this part, now we can reinstall our tail lights. We have got our wires hooked up for the control box and now we are going to leave this aside for now in this little hiding spot. Then with this mess of wires we are going to tape them individually, tie them up, and make them equal length. Lets take our bundled up wires, our excess, we are going to hide them underneath the plastic. We have got our four shorter leads and we will plug those back into our control box. Our wires are labeled so it is easy. Stick them in order We are going to leave that alone just for now because we have to route one more wire and that is going to be our display. Next we will install the display and then we are going to mount it where at night you can see it looking over your shoulder when you are backing up and also you can see it easily in your rear view mirror. That means we are going to mount it on the passenger side in this area right here. We are going to tuck our wire in behind the plastic and work our way back down to the threshold. Take off the threshold now. If we are careful just run it right through here and down to get away from the attaching points so use some tape to hold it out of the way and I think we will be doing good. Put the threshold back down. Take the excess wire and bundle them up safe and out of the way. Tuck that back underneath too and we will plug in our cord that looks just like a computer mouse cord. Now just put on the adhesive back here for the velcro that is going to stick right to the carpeting. Take the wires and hide it down there. Mount the display right here. Just use a piece of double sided tape and install it to match the line. With the display installed the last thing you need to do is try it out. With that, that finishes our install part number BPS-4 from Auto page.