A West Erie resident was looking to upgrade his wife’s brand new 2019 Toyota Camry LE. Ed had just acquired the Camry for his wife, but he wanted it to be safer and more comfortable. The vehicle was the Camry LE model and it lacked some features, such as a blind spot monitor system and heated seats. After all, they had become accustomed to these nice features on their Toyota RAV 4.
Blind Spot Monitor System Has OEM Quality and Features
Ed reached out to Doug Reichert, our integration specialist, about upgrading the new Camry LE. Fortunately, Doug was familiar with the features Ed was looking to add. Furthermore, Doug did a little research on the vehicle and found that, to get the upgrades Ed was looking for from Toyota, he would have had to purchase the XLE model Camry. Well, that XLE model costs approximately $4,575 more!
Doug prepared detailed estimates for the upgrades and e-mailed Ed all the details. He estimated that ENORMIS could add the upgrades at half the price of the XLE model. Doug recommended that Ed go with our OEM-quality radar-based blind spot monitor system with rear cross-traffic alert. This radar blind spot monitoring and detection system works like an original equipment-based system. In fact, it works closer to the systems found on new vehicles, and that’s a step above the other system available. This results in true OEM-like fit, finish and performance. This system includes cross-traffic detection as well.
Not All Blind Spot Systems are the Same
This is the first system to eliminate 95% of false triggers that are common in other systems. That’s because our blind spot system wires into the vehicle’s existing CAN (computer) network. That means it knows the vehicle speed and will only activate the blind spot monitors when you drive over 15 mph. In fact, the system monitors blind spot activity up to 40 feet behind the vehicle! The system visually alerts the driver to vehicles in the blind spot. Not only that, but it adds an audible alert when the turn signal is engaged and the driver tries to change lanes. Furthermore, the rear cross-traffic alert only activates at speeds of less than 5 mph, so it will sense a vehicle coming down the parking lane when in reverse.
Heated Seats Make the Drive so much Nicer
Doug also recommended that Ed choose our upgraded heated seat system because our heated seats give the driver and the passenger their own six-position dials. These let you “dial” in the comfort level you prefer. Doug researched to see where the heated seat switches were installed from the Toyota factory and was able to estimate that we could install our heated switch dials in the same place.
Ed reviewed all the information that Doug had sent and decided that the project was a go, so Doug ordered the necessary parts and scheduled Ed to drop the vehicle off at the store for two days. Day 1 was going to be primary installation and Day 2 would involve reassembly and thorough testing.
High-Quality MECP Installation for this 2019 Toyota Camry
We gave the task of installing the upgrades to MECP-certified technician Ken Whiteman. Ken began by removing the rear bumper and finding a home for the blind spot modules. After that, Ken did the required calculations for the elevation and rotational angles of the modules. Ken also marked the spots for the modules to be installed. Then came wiring the master control module and the CAN-based communication modules into the Toyota’s existing wiring harnesses. The final step in this process was the installation of the indicator lights on the driver and passenger A-pillars and the audible alert module.
While the vehicle was still dis-assembled, Ken removed the driver and passenger front seats because, with the seats removed, he could run all the wiring for the heated seat modules and install the individual dials. Next came the heated carbon fiber element installation into the seats themselves. After adhering the carbon fiber heating elements to the seat foam, Ken ran the wiring harness down through the seat base and reapplied the upholstery to the seats. Finally, all that was left was reassembly.
Final Details to Finish the Job
Working his way out of the vehicle, Ken re-assembled and installed the center console. Then he reinstalled the dash trim panels and the A-trim panels. He placed the seats back in the vehicle and secured them. Almost done! Ken tested the system with the bumper still off and then re-assembled the rear bumper.
As a final measure, Ken and Doug test-drove the vehicle multiple times in traffic and on the highway before returning it back to Ed. If that wasn’t enough, Doug had the Camry washed and looking great upon Ed’s arrival. Doug demonstrated how the blind spot system and heated seats worked before Ed took it home.
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This post was provided by Doug Reichert. Call him! Doug has been in the automotive service business since 2001. In his free time, Doug likes working in his yard and enjoys exercising. He is active in his community by volunteering at his church and for several nonprofits.