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Hopkins Backup Sensor System Installation - 2006 Chrysler Town and Country

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How to Install the Hopkins Backup Sensor System on a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country


Today, on our 2006 Chrysler Town and Country, we'll be installing the Hopkins Back Up Sensor, Part Number HM60100VA. To operate the back up sensor, we'll simply put the car in reverse and back up to a stationary object. Notice the audible beeps will start signalling approximately at 5 1/2 feet, and as you get closer to the stationary object, will increase in beeps until solid. Our first step to begin our install is to mount the license plate bracket mount and sensor system. To do this, we're going to go ahead and set it in place and see where the sensor system wire will need to go through the back of the rear hatch. Now that we have an idea, we're going to go ahead and open up the rear hatch and remove the interior panel covering the inside. Note there are multiple fasteners that will need to be released. We'll have some screw fasteners and push pin fasteners.

We'll go ahead and bring the panel down and slide it out. We're ready to go ahead and press on the locking tab and pull out on the wire. This will release the connection point. Next, using the license plate screw hole down as an indicator, we know that there's nothing behind the area that we need to drill to run the wire through. We'll go ahead and use the 11/32 drill bit as per the instructions, and drill a hole underneath the license plate bracket. Now with the hole drilled out, we're ready to go ahead and install the bracket sensor system and wiring.

Note, there's a grommet provided with their install kit that we'll put over the wiring and in the hole to protect the wire. We'll feed the grommet over the wiring and into position and then feed the wire though the hole. We'll install the grommet into the hole we drilled through the back hatch and set the license plate bracket into position. We can then go ahead and secure it with the new screws provided with our install kit. Now with our bracket mounted, we're ready to go ahead and start routing our wiring. The wiring that came with our install kit has a coaxial cable end that will plug into the license plate bracket.

Additionally, we'll have an end that will plug into the audible warning speaker and two wires, one that will connect to the reverse tail light circuit, and the second will be grounded for the ground for our system. Next, we'll go ahead and remove the interior trim panel that covers up the liner near the grommet. Using our interior trim panel tool, our flat blade screwdriver, we can go ahead and release the fasteners underneath and set it aside for installation later. Next, we'll go ahead and remove the interior trim panel. This will allow us to route our wiring up to the grommet near the top of the hinge. Now we've gained access to both sides of the manufacturer's grommet.

We'll go ahead and use our pole wire, feed it from the hatch, through the grommet to the interior or cabin of the vehicle. With our pole wire through, we'll go ahead and take some black electric tape and tape our wires to the pole wire and pull it into the cabin. Now, that we've pulled it into the cabin, we'll go ahead and remove the pole wire and start routing the wire down, along the passenger side and cut the Hopkins wiring plug off. Once we cut the wiring harness, we'll then go ahead and strip back two ends. Note, in some cases, like this one, the wires may not be long enough, so we'll have to add some additional length wire. Using the Dekka 22 to 18 gauge red butt connectors, Part Number 05730-5, we'll go ahead and add the additional wire, noting that we have a solid black wire and a black wire with a white stripe to indicate two separate circuits. Once we make this connection, we'll go ahead and wrap it up with some black electrical tape to help prevent any dirt, dust, debris or corrosion. Now we can go ahead and plug our coaxial cable end into the license plate bracket. Once we make this connection, we'll go ahead and wrap it up with some black electrical tape. Next, we'll go ahead and remove the interior trim panel. Note, there are multiple plastic push pins fasteners that will need to be released. We'll go ahead and remove the tail light assembly. To remove the tail light assembly, we'll need to remove the two push pin fasteners that secure it. Use our interior trim panel tool, or a flat blade screw driver to pry out in the center, we'll go ahead and remove the entire push pin fasteners, and then slowly pull the tail light assembly out and away from the vehicle, releasing the fastener underneath. Next, we'll need to run the red and black wire down and behind the passenger side, tail light assembly. Once we get down to the opening in the panel and the vent of the interior trim panel here at the lower corner panel on the passenger side, we can go ahead and mount our alarm speaker. To mount it, we use a two way adhesive provided with our install kit. We'll peel back one side of the adhesive and adhere it the speaker. The other side we'll peel back and secure it here to the rear vent ducking so that the audible alarm will be able to be heard through the louvers in the panel. Now with our speaker mounted, we'll need to add some additional wire to these two, also. We'll connect red to red and green to black. Once they're connected, we'll once again go ahead and wrap up these connection points with some black electrical tape. We'll go ahead and cut off any excess wire, strip back both ends of the additional wire we added and both ends of the pigtail that we cut off, and connect the two with the red butt connectors. Now we can go ahead and plug our pigtail into the speaker pigtail. Once they're connected, we'll once again go ahead and wrap up these connection points with some black electrical tape. Go ahead and pull the grommet out of the way. Next, using a pole wire, we'll feed it through the grommet opening into the cabin of the vehicle. We'll pull the pole wire out to gain access to it and then we can tape the red and green wires to the pole wire and pull them behind the passenger side tail light assembly. Once in position, we'll go ahead and cut a slice in the grommet and pull the wires through. Then we can go ahead and re-install the grommet. Next, we'll go ahead and strip back the tape using our utility knife around the manufacturer's wiring. Next, we'll need to test the wires at the back of the tail light assembly with a test light, to locate the reverse signal circuit. For this application, it will be the white wire with the green tracer. Now that we've located that circuit, we can attach the red wire that is the extra length piece of wire that we added to the ride wire on our Hopkins wiring harness, and secure it using the quick splice connector provided with our install kit. We'll put the quick splice connector over the manufacturer's wire and then feed the red wire into the quick splice connector. We'll crimp it down and close the clasp. Next, we'll take our green wire which will be the ground for our new backup sensor circuit, cut off any excess and strip it back. We'll add a yellow ring terminal and then use a self tapping screw to secure it to the body of the vehicle. Note, I do recommend to find a location where the sheet metal doubles up to provide a better ground. Now with all our connections made, we'll go ahead and use our black electrical tape to wrap up our connection points , and then our zip tie to secure our wiring. Cut off the excess from the zip tie. Now we're ready to re-install the passenger side, tail light assembly. Now with everything installed, we are ready to go ahead and start reassembling our interior trim components. Now with everything re-installed, we're ready to hit the road. That does it for the install of the Hopkins Back Up Sensor System, Part Number HM60100VA, on our 2006 Chrysler Town and Country. .


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