We all have minor “fender benders” from time to time; ugh. When Eric, a local Erie resident, backed into something with his 2017 Impala, he inspected his rear bumper and found no physical damage, but for some reason, he was getting an error from his Blind Spot Detection system.
Eric decided to call the electrical system experts at ENORMIS and spoke with specialist Tony Horton, who scheduled a diagnostic appointment for him.
When Eric dropped off his vehicle, our MECP-certified technician Ken Whiteman scanned it for diagnostic trouble codes, and found an error stored for the side object detection sensor. Ken performed a physical inspection, and found the right rear sensor was not in its normal position. After putting the vehicle on a lift, Ken found the molded pocket that the sensor normally rests in was partially separated from the rear bumper, and the module was hanging from its harness. It’s a good thing Eric did not wait to call us — Blind Spot Detection modules can run hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
The pocket was only separated and not actually damaged, and we found no damage to the sensor or harness. The decision was made to epoxy the pocket back into position and remount the sensor. We allowed the epoxy to cure, re-secured the module and put the bumper back on the vehicle.
After clearing the error code and taking a test drive to assure the error code was not returning, we returned the vehicle to Eric.
If you have an electrical issue in your vehicle, including the operation of the Blind Spot Detection System, contact the Automotive Electrical Experts at ENORMIS.
This post was provided by Tony Horton. Tony has been in electronics retail since 1988. He’s a people person with sales and service electronics experience. Tony has a long-standing reputation for integrity and excellence. His hobbies include home improvement, biking and music.