What Does It Mean When Your Car Says Service Parking Assist?
There are a few different reasons why you might see the warning “Service Parking Assist” on your dashboard.
One of them is that the system has been turned off by the driver and needs to be turned back on. The service parking assist feature is a type of adaptive cruise control system, and it can be disabled if it’s disturbing the driver. If this is what’s happened, simply turn on the feature again: look for a button that says “ACC” or has an icon of a car with squiggly lines behind it (to indicate movement) and press it to enable adaptive cruise control once more.
The second reason why “Service Parking Assist” might appear is because there’s actually something wrong with the parking system as well as adaptive cruise control. If you try turning on ACC but nothing happens, take your car to a mechanic right away so they can check out what’s wrong.
What Caused the Parking Assist Error?
What causes parking assist errors?
There are various factors that can trigger a parking assist error. Some of them are as follows:
- Low battery level, which can cause insufficient power to operate the parking assist system. To check if this is the problem, try turning off everything in your car and start it again. If you get the same message, then there’s definitely something wrong with your battery.
- Low brake fluid levels (or leaking brake fluid), which can lead to an unsafe braking distance or faulty operation of the parking assist system
- Malfunctioning brake light switch, which could be related to a faulty pedal position sensor or a damaged wiring harness or fuse
- Defective parking brake actuator, which is responsible for locking and unlocking the brakes in order to keep the vehicle stationary when parked. It could also be due to a damaged wiring harness or fuse that’s causing insufficient power supply to operate the actuator
How To Fix Your Parking Assist Error
In order to fix your parking assist error, you’ll need to take your vehicle to a mechanic. A lot of different parts can cause the parking assist error message, so it’s up to a trained mechanic to diagnose the specific problem and determine whether or not it’s safe for you to drive. Because there are several different sensors and components that could be causing your parking assist error, it’s usually not possible for a layperson to pinpoint or repair the problem on their own.
Since all makes and models are designed slightly differently, we can’t give you step-by-step directions on exactly how your car’s components will come apart. However, here are some general steps your mechanic may take:
- Remove the sensor(s) and clean them off as necessary
- Replace damaged wiring
- Check for other problems with the corresponding anti-lock brake system (ABS) or electrical systems
Depending on what specific part is causing the warning light, repairs can cost anywhere from $50 for just a sensor replacement up to a few hundred dollars if more extensive work is required.
Understanding your vehicle’s warning lights will save you money down the road.
Your car is an intricate and expensive piece of equipment, so it’s important to take care of it. Understanding how the different warning lights on your dash indicate a problem is the first step to keeping your vehicle in good shape. Car manufacturers recommend getting your vehicle serviced at least once a year, and some services will even give you a call if they notice any problems with your car during routine maintenance. But what can you do in between those annual checkups?