Calibration Research Tips: Ford/Lincoln Parking Sensor Operation Check

Calibration Research Tips: Ford/Lincoln Parking Sensor Operation Check

While searching for information on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an OEM repair information site, you may come across unique calibration procedures or events. These events can vary by year and model, even within a particular make. As the RTS team has been researching these systems, we have been identifying these atypical circumstances. In order to help you better understand them, we are putting together a series of articles that will help with the repair and calibration of ADAS. Let’s take a closer look at Ford/Lincoln’s parking sensors.

Vehicles that come equipped with Parking Aid and Active Park Assist systems have ultrasonic sensors in the bumper cover(s). Ford/Lincoln does not have a calibration procedure for these sensors. However, there are operation checks identified for when these sensors are removed or replaced. The operation check varies depending on the type of parking sensor. Typically, vehicles equipped with Parking Aid have four sensors mounted on the front and/or rear bumper of the vehicle. Vehicles with Active Park Assist have additional sensors mounted on the sides of the vehicle bumper or fender.

Parking Aid Sensors
The Parking Aid sensors have two procedures available; the azimuth system and the elevation system checks. The azimuth check does not require a scan tool, however, it does require targets fabricated out of PVC pipe placed at specific locations. The elevation check requires a scan tool but no targets.

Active Park Assist Sensors
The Active Park Assist sensors only specify an azimuth system check. This procedure calls for the same PVC targets as the Parking Aid sensor azimuth check. However, the number of targets used and their placement is different. It is important to make sure that the correct azimuth check is being used. Ford/Lincoln has separate sections in the Workshop manual for Parking Aid and Active Park Assist systems. It is important to reference the correct system.

These procedures may vary depending on the vehicle. It is important to always refer to the vehicle-specific Workshop manual for the exact procedures. Understanding specific procedures for ADAS is important to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

For additional Ford/Lincoln information, check out the following pages:
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