When backing the vehicle up, the Sonar System beeps to let me know that I am close to an object or person. About 3 days ago, the beeping sound started to go out. It now, does not beep anymore when I get close to something. I purchased the "Buzzer" from Infiniti and am now looking to install the piece myself. What I need to know is where and how to install this "buzzer"?
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Any chance you are close to the car when this happens? You could be seeing a security-system interaction. Outlander ES features a standard remote keyless entry system, and all models include a standard anti-theft engine immobilizer and security alarm system. Outlander Special Edition, LS and XLS models add the FAST-Key system that allows the driver to unlock the vehicle simply by having the remote in a pocket or purse and grasping the handle on either of the front doors or the tailgate.
The FAST-Key system provides both convenience and security, since the driver does not need to search for a key or remote control while carrying packages, or when in a poorly lit area, for example. The system operates when the driver (carrying the remote unit) is within 27 inches of the front doors or the tailgate. While walking into that range, the system verifies the user i.d. Bioelectrical sensors are built into the door handles, and when the person carrying the remote grasps one of the handles, the door unlocks: grasping the driver's door handled unlocks only that door; grasping the front passenger door handle will unlock all four doors and the tail gate.
No service engine light? A loose gas cap will set a light.
You may want to inspect your fuel filler neck and anything close. For a long while its not uncommon for a person to report the fuel odor issue and have it be where some low life cut a filler neck or puntured a tank to steal fuel. But if that were the case there would usually be a service engine or gas cap light as the systems now days monitor pressures so they can detect leaks in the Evap system.
When you mention a smell though under the hood, do you think the smell could be exhaust? I have seen those manifolds crack. or maybe just a leak from a gasket or exhaust donut.
does the light on the switch for the rear sonar stay on?my experience with these is nine times out of ten the small speaker located behind the gauge assembly that emits the beep goes bad and puts system in a fail safe mode.if im not mistaken part is around 50.00 and is fairly easy to replace.please let me know if this helps.
SERVICE PARK ASSIST
The driver information center (DIC) displays SERVICE PARK ASSIST when the park assist module detects a malfunction in the object detection system and sends a request to the DIC for display of the message. The DIC also displays SERVICE PARK ASSIST when there is a loss of communication with the park assist module.
PARK ASSIST OFF
The PARK ASSIST OFF message is displayed in the DIC when the park assist system is disabled due to conditions that disable or inhibit the system. The red LED in the rear display, as well as, the telltale in the switch will be lit, notifying the driver the PARK ASSIST system is disabled. The object alarm module requests the DIC via the serial data circuit to display PARK ASSIST OFF when it detects that one of the following conditions is true:
The object alarm system is disabled through DIC vehicle customization feature. Refer to the Owners Manual for more information.
An object is attached to the rear of the vehicle, such as a trailer, bicycle rack, or hitch receiver.
An object is hanging out of the endgate.
The park brake is not fully released.
The system receives vibrations from a large nearby vehicle or from a heavy equipment such as a jackhammer.
In the case of objects attached to the rear of the vehicle such as a trailer, hitch receiver, or a bicycle rack, or objects hanging out of the endgate, the rear parking assist (RPA) will have an Automatic Object induced disable feature where the RPA will determine if the rear object is moving with the vehicle. If the RPA detects such a condition, the park assist will be disabled. The PARK ASSIST OFF message will continue to be displayed until the trailer hitch receiver is removed and the vehicle is driven forward above 24 km/h (15 mph).
I find the sensors only activate when you are very close to an object behind you. At about 5 inches they beep constantly. Further then five inches they beep slower and slower until they stop at about 8 inches from something behind you. If you are very close to an object lest then 2 inches they will beep constantly. Also when you start your car and put it in reverse and you hear a beep the reverse sensors are not working. The best way to test them is to turn the key to the start position but do not start it. place the lever in R get out or have someone walk in back of the car, you should hear the sensor go off. Also, there might be a situation when one or two are not working. Follow the procedure above for test but have a stethoscope mechanic type, which most auto parts stores carry. and listen to each one individually. If one is not working it will have to be replaced. The control module for this system is in the trunk next to the spare tire. Some of these cars had a leaking trunk problem in 02 if the module is wet, get a new one. If it hasn't failed it will when they get wet. Finally the sensors should be heard inside and outside the car.
I would bet that your issue is not caused by a fuse. The fact that the "Rear Sonar OFF" lamp is on and won't turn off means that the system is in fail-safe. The system has sefl-diagnosis capabilities and has found a fault.
To enter the self-diagnosis, turn the key off. Depress and hold the rear sonar switch and while holding it in, turn the key on. You will see the lamp flash and may hear a beep from the warning chime. Release the button and push and release 5 times within 10 seconds. You should see the lamp flash and another beep. Push and release the button one time. This will display fault codes that are stored in the system. For example, if a code 12 is stored, you will see 1 flash, followed by a pause and followed by 2 flashes. If there aren't any other faults stored, this will repeat.
I have seen code 12 most frequently, being that the warning chime has failed. If this is the case with your vehicle, you won't hear the beeps that I mentioned earlier, but only see the flashing of the lamp.
If this is the case, you will need to replace the chime. It is located under the cover between the steering wheel and the windshield. There is a "hood" that faces toward the steering wheel and behind that is a cover that is held down with spring-metal clips. Get a small screwdriver or panel "popper" under this cover and gently pry it up. The chime is a small speaker directly under that cover and is bolted down with 2- 5.5 mm bolts.
Once you have repaired the fault, the system will automatically reset the self-diagnosis memory.
If you have other codes, you may have an issue with one or more of the sensors located in the rear bumper. I, however, do not know those code numbers off the top of my head.
I hope that you have found this helpful!
Nissan Scope Technician- 10+ years experience in Nissan dealership.