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Backup sensors

Postby jhsvt [OP] » Apr 24 2011, 3:03pm

After installing a trailer hitch on my 2011 Silverado I am getting errors about the backup sensors being blocked. If I remove the hitch then the error goes away. There is nothing unusual about the hitch itself. It doesn't stick out very far at all. Is there a way to disable the 2 backup sensors near the hitch? I was going to try and change the "aim" of the sensors but there is no adjustment possible. I'd rather not have to take the hitch off every time I'm not towing. Thought someone else might have run into this problem.
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Re: Backup sensors

Postby EKinMN » Apr 24 2011, 3:33pm

We have discussed this in other threads before. Short of hitting the disable button for the sensors each time, I do not think you have much of an option. I have not heard of anyone disabling the inboard sensors before.
Why are you opposed to removing the hitch? I pull mine out when I am done towing, and keep it under the back seat. That keeps it from getting rusty and nasty.
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Re: Backup sensors

Postby jhsvt [OP] » Apr 24 2011, 4:26pm

I'm sorry to repost the problem. I did some searches and didn't come up with anything. I guess I will just remove the hitch when not using it. I was just trying to avoid having to do this as my wife will be doing it mostly what with her pulling her horse trailer. Seems a bad design to me.
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Re: Backup sensors

Postby EKinMN » Apr 24 2011, 4:31pm

No problem, thanks for searching first. To your point, I'd love if someone investigated how to re-aim or disable the inboard sensors. I agree with you that it's a poor design as-is. It is nice to know how sensitive the sensors are, though.
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Re: Backup sensors

Postby GMman » Apr 29 2011, 5:08am

It has been a common complaint with any truck with factory backup sensors. I don't have them as I like my hitch left on the truck and locking pin.
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Re: Backup sensors

Postby aksierra11 » Apr 29 2011, 5:54am

Don't have backup sensors on my 2011 Sierra but I had an 07 Avalanche before this and I could have swore the backup alarm was disabled once I plugged a wiring harness into it....
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Re: Backup sensors

Postby Chasmanian » Apr 29 2011, 6:37am

I never pulled mine on the 99 as it save me a couple times from being hit in the rear at stop lights. ( saved the bumper both times )

Never had an issue on the GMC but it gets removed more often as we go off road and need it out of the way. Maybe I just got lucky with how they are aimed.
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Re: Backup sensors

Postby CHEBBY » Apr 29 2011, 11:42am

If i leave the hitch in the receiver it is
constantly saying in the DIC disabled.
The thing that bugs me is that message stays
there till you do something about it.

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Re: Backup sensors

Postby BIG E » Apr 29 2011, 1:00pm

I posted about this very problem. Really haven't found anything that we can do. I like the idea of leaving the hitch in with the locking pin, but I like the backup sensors more, so I just remove it now. I'm still thinking about this more and more as it is now fishing time!

I'll post if I ever come up with anything.
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Re: Backup sensors

Postby EKinMN » Apr 29 2011, 1:16pm

I found a really cool storage bag for the hitch, 7 pin adapter and accessories. I will take some pics this weekend, and post 'em. So, I will probably take mine out every time so I don't have the sensor issue.
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