Tire cover interfering with backup sensors or camera?

  1. Docjoe

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    I purchased a rear tire cover for my JL that has backup camera and rear proximity sensors. Those devices all work fine, until I put the tire cover on. The cover (Very well made and good fit) has a hole for the camera, nonetheless when backing up the warning sounds go off when nothing is there. I repositioned the cover twice and the camera lens is clear, but the problem persists. The proximity sensors are in the bumper, does the camera also 'sense' objects/distance? Any insights? Thanks, Joe
     
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    Just throwing this out there is it a possibility the sensors can be a bit dirty? I don’t have the sensors but can’t see any other way you could have that issue unless they are dirty or something is obstructing them. Did you take off the backup camera cover and hear the ”snap” around the camera when you installed the cover?

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    I agree.... try this..... trouble shooting 101.

    take the tire cover off and see if it still does it. I would think that the tire cover would not cause this.

    very probable that it is a crazy coincidence that it happened after install of tire cover.

    easy check.

    good luck.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Sensors and camera lens are clean as a whistle. I've take cover off and put back on x3 and only when cover in place on tire does problem exist. I think the fabric of the cover may be too loose and it's interfering with camera lens.
    Thanks. Where did you get your tire cover? You apparently are not having the problem I am with my cover. thanks.
     
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    Dont know how to help you.

    obstructing the camera lens will not trigger the sensors.

    Question: does the sensor alarm go off at a stand still(just having in R while foot on brake)? Or while backing up?
     
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    I bought it at the local dealership. I just asked for a “basic” cover that was 2018-2020 specific and they matched an on line price.
     
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    Correct, sensors beep, not the camera. Something is being picked up by the sensors on the bumper if it beeps.
     
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    If you have the plastic bumper, the sensors are very finicky with anything other than the factory tire. Add a larger tire, or larger lugs etc. they can go off. One thing to test if you have the plastic bumper is to push down on the bumper and see if they stop beeping. I found (as well as a few others) than as little as 1/16" down or up on the tire makes a difference.
     
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