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    I have the a problem with the PDC on my 535d Sport.

    The PDC system seems down, ie. its not just one sensor thats not working, the whole thing just shows White around the car that doesnt change no matter how close you get to things. It also reports some PDC failure error, and the PDC light on the button flashes whenever it is engaged.
    I think there must be a problem with some sort of control unit.
    Does anyone know where this is located in the car? or the part number (I can probably get this if I know where its located on the car).
    Does it need coding, or can I just swap it out?
    Thanks in advance folks!
     
     

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    Mine did the exact same thing - you have a faulty sensor and it knocks the whole system out.
    1. Key in position 2
    1b. Put car in reverse gear so parking sensors are engaged
    2. Put your ear right up to each sensor and listen for a feint clicking noise
    3. The one that doesn't click is your faulty sensor
    4. Go buy one from BMW @ £110+vat !!!!
    5. Get someone to remove front/back bumper and replace said sensor
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    Quote Originally Posted by 530kam View Post
    Mine did the exact same thing - you have a faulty sensor and it knocks the whole system out.
    1. Key in position 2
    1b. Put car in reverse gear so parking sensors are engaged
    2. Put your ear right up to each sensor and listen for a feint clicking noise
    3. The one that doesn't click is your faulty sensor
    4. Go buy one from BMW @ £110+vat !!!!
    5. Get someone to remove front/back bumper and replace said sensor
    You can buy new sensors off e bay for £20 i recently bought one and they work fine.
     
     

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    New mate? Did you have to paint them to match existing ones?
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    You might be lucky and get the right colour iv bought a black one and a silver one.
     
     

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    One failed sensor will shut down the whole system at one end of the car, IF the control unit recognises it as a fault. BMW do that so they can't be held responsible for you knocking a corner off your car because the sensor didn't notice an object.
    If it is a fault with the actual module then you will probably lose your PDC at both ends of you car. If only one end then it is almost certainly just a single sensor.

    My hearing aint so good so I never could diagnose by clicking or buzzing. I just remove the bumper (it is unbelievably simple to remove) and then substitute my known good sensor in place of each original one at a time. I test the PDC each time until it works and then leave the sensor in that location.

    The other thing that can happen is one sensor can often still work and sense objects and the other three don't work. In the case, the "working" one is actually faulty and somehow blocks the signals from the others. This too can be diagnosed by trying a good sensor in each location, trying the PDC each time.

    BMW just replace all four at one end of the car and be done with it. Expensive but effective!
     
     

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    Thanks for the reply.
    The wole system is down, front and rear.
    I guess its possible that sensors are faulty front and rear, buy more likely the control unit (??)

    I'd be very interested to hear how the bumpers are removed. You say its unbvelievably simple. Can you point me in the right direction? Do you have any web references, diagrams, or words to help me.

    Many thanks for your help
     
     

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    My whole system was knocked out (front & back) , it was a middle rear that caused the fault
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