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      07-26-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Post Front Park Distance Control (PDC) Retrofit DYI

Hi all, I'm going to use this thread to document and share my experience on retrofitting Front Park Distance Control (PDC) and all necessary disassemblies on my F30.

I'm attaching EBA 2338017 which is the official installation instructions for this retrofit which applies to F30 F31 F20 and F21 .

This is the necessary parts list for a Sapphire Black F30 with a non M front Bumper:
Description Part number #
Install.kit, Park Distance Control,front 66202338070 1x
Repair kit for bracket, bumper, front 51117324343 1x
Ultrasonic sensor, black 66209261582 4x
Cable Set Front bumper 61129260019 1x
Unit, center console 61319252912 1x
Center console control unit retrofit cable (included in 66202338070)
Decoupling ring PDC torque converter 66206923000 4x (included in 66202338070)

Center console unit


Cable Set Front bumper 61129260019


Install.kit, Park Distance Control,front 66202338070

Included:
- Front PDC retrofit wiring harness
- 4x PDC Rings
- 10x cable ties (instructions specify 20x)
- Centre console control unit retrofit cable

Repair kit for bracket, bumper, front 51117324343

Included:
- 4x PDC sensor holders
- 2x headlight washer holders
- 2x camera + PDC holders for Parking Assist

Edit 2013-07-28:
- added photos of the parts
- mention "Centre console control unit retrofit cable" and the sensor rings are included in the installation kit

Edit 2013-09-29:
- added photos of the installation and the Centre console unit

Installation

Disconnect car battery!!!

I started with the Center console change.
For that we start by getting access to the console pulling the leather from the shift handle:


Then the button unit is fixed by two plastic springs on opposite ends:


The easiest way is to press on the top one by hand:


then on the 2nd one with a tool on the pointed area (you have to try and feel it):


The instructions state that a cable should connect pin 2 on the console to the ICM.
On my car that was already connected.

Notice: as you can notice from the pics of the kit, it comes with an extra 10 pin blue plug and with 2 cables, connected on pin 2 AND pin 1.
No mention on the instructions about pin 1

Assemble back the new console.


Front Bumper
Disassembly of the front bumper is pretty straightforward, just too many bolts
You'll have to get half of the bolts out of the front wheel inside trim to access some bolts for the bumper and disconnecting the fog lights and headlight washers if you have them.

On the guides for the PDC holders, drill the holes carefully to 18mm. Most probably you'll have to debur a little because with a perfect 18mm hole the sensors won't fit.
I tested each sensor on the hole without the holder to see when they fit perfectly
Go slow, go perfect
The PDC Holders have markings for their position: VLA, VLI, VRI and VRA
That is the order from left to right, when you're working inside the bumper
L for Left
R for Right
A for Outside
I for Inside


Firewall
Firewall access is actually pretty easy.
Start by getting the cover out of the battery connector. Has a red cover, can't miss it.
What I actually missed was a hole used for this cover, and actually used it to guide the cable through but only found that out in the end. Either way, I didn't found a better way to route the cable. Do your own analysis.
When you get the cover out you'll see 2 covers that get you access to the firewall:


On the other end, contrary to the instructions, I didn't need to disassemble the whole Glove compartment, just the bottom right dashboard trim.
When you puncture the firewall you'll get something inside over here:


My cable after routing it:




Now that the cable is inside the car, route it to the back of the car.

REM
Unplug the REM plug, get the 2 connector modules by unclipping them but be very careful, too much and it will break the sides:

Plug the connector modules inside the plug and reconnect it to the REM again

With all plugged in, reconnect the battery.


Coding

Coding is "easy" and since it's a change in VO you won't need a token for E-SYS
My car already had Rear PDC (option 507) and I want complete PDC (option 508) so we have to change that. Look for "E-Sys - How to change FA in F-series car.pdf" on how to do that.
Afterwards the modules need to be coded.
The simplest way is "ESYS -> Expert -> Code"
Select all ECUs and on "KIS/SVT Target" press "Detect CAF for SWE"
E-SYS will calculate the changes needed for the new VO options
Afterwards press "Code" and wait around 2 minutes

Check that you have PDC working!


Hope this DIY helps someone!

Issues
My sensors are working fine, only the PDC button on the center console isn't working. I'm still trying to figure out what the problem so if anyone got hints I'd really appreciate the help
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      07-26-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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Awesome. Once you're done with PDC, retrofit the backup camera. Its super useful. http://www.bimmer-tech.net/ sells the OEM kit and they handle all required programming.
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      07-28-2013, 04:48 PM   #3
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Update to the original post:
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- mention "Centre console control unit retrofit cable" and the sensor rings are included in the installation kit
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      07-29-2013, 05:24 AM   #4
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Awesome. Once you're done with PDC, retrofit the backup camera. Its super useful. http://www.bimmer-tech.net/ sells the OEM kit and they handle all required programming.
Although I'd like to have the backup camera, the virtual lines are nice, but the investment is too high for what you get when you already have rear PDC.
I could do the coding myself but I think CIC is needed and I only have CCC
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Originally Posted by johnnieb
Hi all, I'm going to use this thread to document and share my experience on retrofitting Front Park Distance Control (PDC) and all necessary disassemblies on my F30.

I'm attaching EBA 2338017 which is the official installation instructions for this retrofit which applies to F30 F31 F20 and F21 .

This is the necessary parts list for a Sapphire Black F30 with a non M front Bumper:
Description Part number #
Install.kit, Park Distance Control,front 66202338070 1x
Repair kit for bracket, bumper, front 51117324343 1x
Ultrasonic sensor, black 66209261582 4x
Cable Set Front bumper 61129260019 1x
Unit, center console 61319252912 1x
Centre console control unit retrofit cable (included in 66202338070)
Decoupling ring PDC torque converter 66206923000 4x (included in 66202338070)


Cable Set Front bumper 61129260019


Install.kit, Park Distance Control,front 66202338070

Included:
- Front PDC retrofit wiring harness
- 4x PDC Rings
- 10x cable ties (instructions specify 20x)
- Centre console control unit retrofit cable

Repair kit for bracket, bumper, front 51117324343

Included:
- 4x PDC sensor holders
- 2x headlight washer holders
- 2x camera holders (I believe)

My car is going to BMW this week so I'll probably only start working on it next week

Edit 2013-07-28:
- added photos of the parts
- mention "Centre console control unit retrofit cable" and the sensor rings are included in the installation kit
Where did you buy the kit?
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      07-31-2013, 04:04 AM   #6
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Where did you buy the kit?
In the UK
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From a dealer or on the web? If the latter please share the site. Hoping to get a retrofit for the rear.
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I could do the coding myself but I think CIC is needed and I only have CCC
If you have an F30 you don't have CCC. Does your car have Nav? If so, Backup cam is an easy retrofit. And if you don't have Nav www.bimmer-tech.net has an aftermarket solution that provides parking lines.

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Where can i buy the rear pdc retrofit?
What to have that in my car and backup camera
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Installation guide and photos added!

Edit 2013-09-29:
- added photos of the installation and the Centre console unit
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Where can i buy the rear pdc retrofit?
What to have that in my car and backup camera
The part number for the rear retrofit kit is:

Non M - 66202296991
M - 66202339614
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The part number for the rear retrofit kit is:

Non M - 66202296991
M - 66202339614
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Where did you buy the kit?
Where to get front pdc parts?
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Where to get front pdc parts?
You can get the parts and the installation locally in Singapore from:
EleBest Pte Ltd
+65-97335000

Ask for Max. He was most helpful when I had an issue with my installation
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What if I don't have a rear PDC sensor? Is it possible to retro-fit an F30 without any parking assistance features? From coding perspective, I am fairly comfortable but not sure if hardware is available/compatible.
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What if I don't have a rear PDC sensor? Is it possible to retro-fit an F30 without any parking assistance features? From coding perspective, I am fairly comfortable but not sure if hardware is available/compatible.
There is a retrofit kit for Rear PDC and I bet a lot easier than Front PDC installation as the cabling goes to the REM which is in the trunk compartment.
Mind you, you'll need more parts then just the retrofit kit, sensors, etc
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Originally Posted by johnnieb View Post
Hi all, I'm going to use this thread to document and share my experience on retrofitting Front Park Distance Control (PDC) and all necessary disassemblies on my F30.

I'm attaching EBA 2338017 which is the official installation instructions for this retrofit which applies to F30 F31 F20 and F21 .

This is the necessary parts list for a Sapphire Black F30 with a non M front Bumper:
Description Part number #
Install.kit, Park Distance Control,front 66202338070 1x
Repair kit for bracket, bumper, front 51117324343 1x
Ultrasonic sensor, black 66209261582 4x
Cable Set Front bumper 61129260019 1x
Unit, center console 61319252912 1x
Center console control unit retrofit cable (included in 66202338070)
Decoupling ring PDC torque converter 66206923000 4x (included in 66202338070)

Center console unit


Cable Set Front bumper 61129260019


Install.kit, Park Distance Control,front 66202338070

Included:
- Front PDC retrofit wiring harness
- 4x PDC Rings
- 10x cable ties (instructions specify 20x)
- Centre console control unit retrofit cable

Repair kit for bracket, bumper, front 51117324343

Included:
- 4x PDC sensor holders
- 2x headlight washer holders
- 2x camera + PDC holders for Parking Assist

Edit 2013-07-28:
- added photos of the parts
- mention "Centre console control unit retrofit cable" and the sensor rings are included in the installation kit

Edit 2013-09-29:
- added photos of the installation and the Centre console unit

Installation

Disconnect car battery!!!

I started with the Center console change.
For that we start by getting access to the console pulling the leather from the shift handle:


Then the button unit is fixed by two plastic springs on opposite ends:


The easiest way is to press on the top one by hand:


then on the 2nd one with a tool on the pointed area (you have to try and feel it):


The instructions state that a cable should connect pin 2 on the console to the ICM.
On my car that was already connected.

Notice: as you can notice from the pics of the kit, it comes with an extra 10 pin blue plug and with 2 cables, connected on pin 2 AND pin 1.
No mention on the instructions about pin 1

Assemble back the new console.


Front Bumper
Disassembly of the front bumper is pretty straightforward, just too many bolts
You'll have to get half of the bolts out of the front wheel inside trim to access some bolts for the bumper and disconnecting the fog lights and headlight washers if you have them.

On the guides for the PDC holders, drill the holes carefully to 18mm. Most probably you'll have to debur a little because with a perfect 18mm hole the sensors won't fit.
I tested each sensor on the hole without the holder to see when they fit perfectly
Go slow, go perfect
The PDC Holders have markings for their position: VLA, VLI, VRI and VRA
That is the order from left to right, when you're working inside the bumper
L for Left
R for Right
A for Outside
I for Inside


Firewall
Firewall access is actually pretty easy.
Start by getting the cover out of the battery connector. Has a red cover, can't miss it.
What I actually missed was a hole used for this cover, and actually used it to guide the cable through but only found that out in the end. Either way, I didn't found a better way to route the cable. Do your own analysis.
When you get the cover out you'll see 2 covers that get you access to the firewall:


On the other end, contrary to the instructions, I didn't need to disassemble the whole Glove compartment, just the bottom right dashboard trim.
When you puncture the firewall you'll get something inside over here:


My cable after routing it:




Now that the cable is inside the car, route it to the back of the car.

REM
Unplug the REM plug, get the 2 connector modules by unclipping them but be very careful, too much and it will break the sides:

Plug the connector modules inside the plug and reconnect it to the REM again

With all plugged in, reconnect the battery.


Coding

Coding is "easy" and since it's a change in VO you won't need a token for E-SYS
My car already had Rear PDC (option 507) and I want complete PDC (option 508) so we have to change that. Look for "E-Sys - How to change FA in F-series car.pdf" on how to do that.
Afterwards the modules need to be coded.
The simplest way is "ESYS -> Expert -> Code"
Select all ECUs and on "KIS/SVT Target" press "Detect CAF for SWE"
E-SYS will calculate the changes needed for the new VO options
Afterwards press "Code" and wait around 2 minutes

Check that you have PDC working!


Hope this DIY helps someone!

Issues
My sensors are working fine, only the PDC button on the center console isn't working. I'm still trying to figure out what the problem so if anyone got hints I'd really appreciate the help
Hi - how much did the kit cost you in UK?
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Hi, did you resolve problem with PDC Button? I have this problem too.
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Cool
I only have rear sensor as well.
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I got a quote from the dealer, but it was about 970 euro's for parts alone! + 3 hrs of labour.
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Thank you very much for sharing the info, I used your posts to make my front PDC work.

Concerning non-working PDC button, I connected pin #1 on central console module to pin #28, hope this information hope to solve your problem
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