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Parking sensor beeps are not continuous?

I have a '06 Civic 1.8 i-shift, which was an ex demo. factory/dealer fitted parking sensor pick up objects very well but after several seconds the beeps stop even though the objects remain in range. I have to re-engage reverse to get the reassurance of the beeps.

This is an irritation and on the whole doesn't bother me, but my garage was built in 50s and requires car to be parked up against side and as far back as possible.

Is it that the car needs to be moving for the sensors to work, and parking in garage at slow inch/stop speeds makes the sensors think the car is parked or, as on other manufacturers, should the beeps be continous while reverse is engaged?

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Have you had the car long? Are the painted Honda one? They sound faulty. They should be working the way you think, not the way you describe they are
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Car does not need to be moving.
I have been standing still in reverse and had people walk behind the car triggering a beep-beep-beep.

Question is if there is some kind of time-out, but I doubt it.
How long are you reversing for?



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Car does not need to be moving.
I have been standing still in reverse and had people walk behind the car triggering a beep-beep-beep.

Question is if there is some kind of time-out, but I doubt it.
How long are you reversing for?
my initial thought that it was a time out error, I reversing for as long as it takes for me to put the car in the garage, generally no more than 2 minutes, in that time it starts beeping as it picks up the garage walls and then seconds later it goes quiet. To get the beeps back I have to re-engage reverse.

I've had the car since december '06.

I'm going to give my local dealer, which has a good reputation, a call tomorrow - so will update then.

Thanks for the confirmation.
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Sounds faulty to me.

My parking sensors were useless and beeped all the time when I first took delivery. I strongly suspect they were just installed by the dealer and not calibrated.

I took the car back within a week for the sensors to be adjusted. The dealer wanted the car ALL day, but somehow managed to get them adjusted within 30 minutes when I informed the Service droid I'd got mumps and would like to wait. (You've never seen anyone step back as fast as he did!)

Sensors MUCH better now, but still occasionally 'go off on one' when I put it in reverse.

So, I'd suggest have a fat neck, or wear a scarf.
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...but somehow managed to get them adjusted within 30 minutes when I informed the Service droid I'd got mumps and would like to wait. (You've never seen anyone step back as fast as he did!).
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I rang dealership this morning, they agreed there shouldn't be a time-out on the system and it could be a faulty sensor, goes in on Friday for a technician to have a look at it.

I'll up date then.
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I have been standing still in reverse and had people walk behind the car triggering a beep-beep-beep.
How does that go again ?
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My genuine Honda sensors do this as well.

If you reverse and the sensor pick up an obstruction then the beeping starts - If you then stop reversing, the beeps continue for a few seconds then fall silent - so it looks (sounds) like they do time out.

However, as soon as I start moving again, the beeps start again. (ie I don't have to disengage, and then re-engage reverse)

Also, as FWH says, the car doesn't need to be moving for the sensors to pick up an obstruction - somebody walking behind the car will trigger the sensors.
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My genuine Honda sensors do this as well.

If you reverse and the sensor pick up an obstruction then the beeping starts - If you then stop reversing, the beeps continue for a few seconds then fall silent - so it looks (sounds) like they do time out.

However, as soon as I start moving again, the beeps start again. (ie I don't have to disengage, and then re-engage reverse)

Also, as FWH says, the car doesn't need to be moving for the sensors to pick up an obstruction - somebody walking behind the car will trigger the sensors.
My EX factory fitted are exactly the same. When I stop the beep stops until I start moving again. Thank goodness they do as otherwise it would be maddenly obtrusive.
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We are seeing a pattern then.

I didn't get the Honda official ones (not my choice) and mine just keep on beeping, or when I'm about 2" from the garage wall one continuous tone.

If you are very close to an obstruction and it times out and your still in reverse you could easily touch the obstruction before it realises your moving again ?
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where is the beeper for the Honda ones? - I've got 3rd party parking sensors and the beeper is in the boot
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If you are very close to an obstruction and it times out and your still in reverse you could easily touch the obstruction before it realises your moving again ?
Yes it could, potentially. Althought the Honda ones give you a solid beep at about 6"-9". Slightly off topic, but if you reverse up to a wall and wait until the solid beep, then you can't open the tailgate!

I was reversing my car into the garage a couple of weeks back, to fit my spoiler, and the reversing sensors were pretty useless. Once I got close to the wall at the back left of the car, I got a solid beep for a few seconds and then silence as I was moving very very slowly.
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where is the beeper for the Honda ones? - I've got 3rd party parking sensors and the beeper is in the boot
It is in the boot, beside the courtesy light, on the right hand side.
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Just been down to dealer, and had it confirmed by a technician that there is a time-out on the parking sensors for when we the system thinks it parked.

My biggest concern is when parking in a garage inch/stop manoeuvres the system thinks its parked hence no beeps. which is very annoying.

Technician also said there is no way to adjust or turn off the time-out settings.
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Just been down to dealer, and had it confirmed by a technician that there is a time-out on the parking sensors for when we the system thinks it parked.

My biggest concern is when parking in a garage inch/stop manoeuvres the system thinks its parked hence no beeps. which is very annoying.

Technician also said there is no way to adjust or turn off the time-out settings.
Did they tell you what the time-out is or do I have to go reverse up to a wall with a stop watch?



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Did they tell you what the time-out is or do I have to go reverse up to a wall with a stop watch?
I didn't ask but on mine it's a matter of seconds.
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I didn't ask but on mine it's a matter of seconds.
It is 30 degrees C so I sit in my car with a stopwatch listening to beeps.

I reversed towards a wall until I was getting beeps.

I tried to time the time-out (there definatly is one).

It varied quite a bit.
I think it may "re-start" itself sometimes.

I had some time-outs as low as 4 seconds.

Sometimes there was a short paus and it would start again.

The longest session was close to 30 seconds.

By de-selecting and re-selecting reverse it is re-activated.



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I had some time-outs as low as 4 seconds.

Sometimes there was a short paus and it would start again.

The longest session was close to 30 seconds.

By de-selecting and re-selecting reverse it is re-activated.
I've just had mine sensors reset at garage, I'll check out the delays over the weekend...other commitments mean I can't check it out this evening.
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It is 30 degrees C so I sit in my car with a stopwatch listening to beeps.

I reversed towards a wall until I was getting beeps.

I tried to time the time-out (there definatly is one).

It varied quite a bit.
I think it may "re-start" itself sometimes.

I had some time-outs as low as 4 seconds.

Sometimes there was a short paus and it would start again.

The longest session was close to 30 seconds.

By de-selecting and re-selecting reverse it is re-activated.
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