Front sonar/sensor malfunction

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My wife and I were out running errands today and the sensor for the very front center of the car came on. We were in an empty parking lot with nothing in front of us for several 100 yards. Camera display showed front center sensor zone as red. Hit the mute button to shut it off. Parked and checked all front sensors. All were clear of any debris. Soon as I put it in gear sensor went off again. Muted it. From that point until we got home same sensor issue reoccured as soon as we slowed down approaching a stop with or without traffic in front of us. Got home and pulled into garage. Removed negative cable on battery for 10-15 seconds and replaced. Cranked up and problem immediately reappeared. Backed out of garage and clear of any obstructions. Removed battery cable again for 10-15 seconds. Replaced. Thought proximity of garage wall might not allow for sensor to "reset". No bueno.
Any other ideas you guys have? Obviously its driving us nuts and my wife is primary driver so I'm hearing it from her already. Dealer is 2 hours away as previously established but if I can't figure out a solution it's going in. Still under warranty.
2015 model. May soon be a 2018 if these issues don't subside. Vehicle has been problem free until washer fluid deal occurred. It resolved itself as of the time of this post. Now this sensor. I have near zero tolerance for issues like this. :)
 

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the sensor has probably developed a fault. when you say it goes away whilst driving let me think the system is working because the sensor shuts off after a certain mph and then comes on under a certain mph.

if you have a code reader use it and see if any codes are present.
 

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Don’t have a code reader. ☹️

Disabled all of the driver assist and sonar features. The only thing that resolved the alarms was disabling the sonar. Got an appt to have it looked at tomorrow at the dealer.
Will update after the appointment. Would be great if they stocked parts but I'm sure it's something they will want to schedule another appointment to do the repair once the part comes in which means at least one if not two more trips to the dealer. Wished there was a way I could do some diagnostics so they could order the parts and save a second and possible third trip if they decide to keep it for a day or whatever.
 

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dealing with the dealer means they have to diag the car , and yes i know what you mean.

i could be wrong, and im no mechanic, but it just simply sounds like a faulty harness or sensor.

if you can grab onto the harness connector, wiggle it/disconnect and reconnect it. you never know..

and Kc!!!!!!! no excuse for not having a code reader!!! :p

if you have an android phone, grab the "torque pro" app in the app store, and grab a 10 dollar obd bluetooth connector from amazon! boom goes the dynamite!

i think its compatible with the Magical Fruit & Unicorn Company (iPhone) but I am not certain.... :) if its not, there maybe some apps in the apple store you can look into..

please keep us updated...


edit: heres a suggestion.

if you have th service manual, look in the section for the sensors. there may be a dig screen you can access on the head unit to test them!
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Productive visit to dealer. Their diagnosis was Front sonar was damaged by a rock chip and was replaced under warranty. I did have to pay $100 deductible.
Didn’t like the deductible but it saved me a second trip which would have been nearly that much in fuel alone.
 

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curious, could you see any damage?

and the 18 model has the sensor flush with the grille at the bottom correct? ive a 2012 and the sensor sits just behind the plastic grille dowen there...
 

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Mine is a 15 but yes the sensor is mounted flush middle lower part of the grill below front camera.
I couldn’t see any damage. I think what she meant was a rock hit the plastic cover and it damaged the sensor behind it.
 

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ahhhhhhhhhh... cool glad it was resolved with ease... :)
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Productive visit to dealer. Their diagnosis was Front sonar was damaged by a rock chip and was replaced under warranty. I did have to pay $100 deductible.
Didn’t like the deductible but it saved me a second trip which would have been nearly that much in fuel alone.
Did this fix ur problem ? I’m reading everywhere that everybody with sonar on their Infiniti is having this problem. First day of heavy snow in ohio today and mine started doing it.
 

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Did this fix ur problem ? I’m reading everywhere that everybody with sonar on their Infiniti is having this problem. First day of heavy snow in ohio today and mine started doing it.
It's going to happen with snow. All you have to do is wipe it clean. Pain in the butt for sure but that will fix the problem you are having. That is what you are reading about if I had to guess.
My issue above was actual damage from what I can only assume a stone from the highway. No visible damage to the cover but the sensor behind it was trashed.
 

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Great info here and thank you for posting. Glad to hear the problem was resolved somewhat inexpensively.
 
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I have same model/year and experiencing same issue. Thanks for sharing.
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Same issue with our 2015 QX80. Very helpful thread. I’ll post after I figure out a solution
 

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Great thread, same issue now on ‘17 QX70. Wife drives on dirt roads so going to look behind cover/bumper and see if I can find the sensor and clean it.
 

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Productive visit to dealer. Their diagnosis was Front sonar was damaged by a rock chip and was replaced under warranty. I did have to pay $100 deductible.
Didn’t like the deductible but it saved me a second trip which would have been nearly that much in fuel alone.
Im having the same issue on my 2018 q50. When it rains my sensor starts acting up and goes off anytime i come to a stop or at a stop light, it senses something and beeps. I took it to dealer and they are saying there is a rock chip that damaged one of the sensors and this is NOT covered by warranty.
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My car is at the dealership now as i have the exact same issue as KC. First time this happened, they did not know what caused it so they recalibrated it. Now one year later it is doing it again only worse. The ONLY time it does not trip the sensor/alarm is when I in Park or actually driving forward. If I go in reverse or am stopped or idle, the front sensor goes off. They just called me a little while ago to say it was a rock chip. My question is this....if this is a frequent occurrence with other drivers, and it sounds like it is, then perhaps the sensor needs to be made of something a little more durable!
 

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My car is at the dealership now as i have the exact same issue as KC. First time this happened, they did not know what caused it so they recalibrated it. Now one year later it is doing it again only worse. The ONLY time it does not trip the sensor/alarm is when I in Park or actually driving forward. If I go in reverse or am stopped or idle, the front sensor goes off. They just called me a little while ago to say it was a rock chip. My question is this....if this is a frequent occurrence with other drivers, and it sounds like it is, then perhaps the sensor needs to be made of something a little more durable!
I know from reading forums like this or social media group posts that it may appear whatever vehicle/product/etc are all bad. Have to always bear in mind we in total are very minuscule percentage of total ownership. As a general rule we don’t flock to forums, message boards, social media groups to brag about our rides. We generally find them while researching issues. I’ve found these areas to be incredibly helpful in diagnosing issues and I try to share what I have experienced so it will help others. Most do not have issues and that creates what appears to be large amounts of problems when in reality it isn’t. Hope that helps. I’ve also found warranty coverage to be hit or Miss and it often depends on how persistent you are. I’ve been told no more than once only to have the warranty magically cover what wasn’t covered initially. They are in business to make money and the service bay is their largest money maker.
 

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Really helpful posts. Mine started doing this yesterday, 10mph and below, including stationary and the front sensors warning sounds continuously. Really annoying at junctions and slow moving traffic.

Just now need to decide on a Main Dealer or specialist auto-electrician ?
 

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Really helpful posts. Mine started doing this yesterday, 10mph and below, including stationary and the front sensors warning sounds continuously. Really annoying at junctions and slow moving traffic.

Just now need to decide on a Main Dealer or specialist auto-electrician ?
I am having the same problem suddenly. How did yours get resolved?
 
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