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I've been using the park assist a lot. To make it work the best you have to position the car properly. Sometimes it seems to have a hard time finding the space I want it to park in. I'm wondering if someone has advice for the correct positioning of the car. Should you push the button next to the car behind, or next to the spot, or next the car ahead? Should you be moving or stopped? Any help please.
 

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The way I understand it is you press it before you get to a spot as the car searches for a spot. If you don't have it on and searching soon enough, it will not find the spot you may want.
 

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My only consistent advice is to drive close to the space you want to park in, about 4-5 feet away on the left or right side. I know it's counter-intuitive, but the sensor only works in close to medium range, if you are too far away, it won't sense the vehicle or obstacles.

Also, turn it on before you start searching, it will activate the suite of sensor depending on how you want to park.
 

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My method is to forget to hit the button, hit it as I'm approaching a spot I want to park in, cross my fingers it finds it (which it does) and then it parks. I'm 4 for 4 on parallel parking the car so far. I'm usually 1-2ft or so beside the other vehicles I'm going to park between.
 

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Quite often when I push the button behind the spot I want to park in, it immediately says to stop and back up. To find an empty spot I'd have to back up past several cars. This is weird. Maybe it's just a temporary software glitch.
 

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I've used it a few times for parallel parking but never for pull in parking. Question: does it default to backing into the space for pull in parking?
 

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I've used it a few times for parallel parking but never for pull in parking. Question: does it default to backing into the space for pull in parking?
Yes, for perpendicular parking it only helps for backing into the spot.
 

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Just remember to have your foot ready to hit the brake pedal as you let it park. I was surprised how fast it goes if you don't slow it down yourself. The video linked in ulysses350 post above is really good. When I first used the parking assist, it scared the bejeebers out of me because i assumed it would control the speed as well as the steering. My bad for not reading the manual quite as attentively as I should have. At the time I was mainly just looking for where the button to turn it on was situated.��
 

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Letting the car park itself (at least steer itself) is nerve-wracking at first, but you find that it's actually very reliable. If it detects a problem it immediately interrupts the operation.
 

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If there are a few different spots it could back in, and you want to park in a later one, just push the button and drive forward. When you pass the earlier ones it will beep. Just keep driving forward. It will beep JUST PAST each one. When you are going past the one you want, stop at the next beep. It should back into the slot you want.
 

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When I first used the parking assist, it scared the bejeebers out of me because i assumed it would control the speed as well as the steering.
This happened to me too. The dealership didn't go over this part with me and I mainly just wanted to test it out. I was under the assumption that the car would also accelerate and brake by itself. Boy was I wrong and **** myself when it went full speed towards the car behind me. Luckily my instinct took over and I floored it on the brake pedal. Other than that i'm in love with the feature.
 
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