I didn't think I would need to post to the "Problems" Topic so soon, but thankfully it's not because of a vehicle defect--this one is strictly operator error. Between Christmas and New Year's, my son and I drove from San Francisco down to Los Angeles. JGC did great, we really love this truck. On the way back we did some light offloading at one of our state off-road vehicle parks. Before we got going, we removed the front fascia per the instructions in the owner’s manual, so as not to damage the fascia, and to give a better approach angle off road. That worked like a charm.
However, and contrary to the owner’s manual and common sense, we did not remove the Adaptive Cruise Control/Forward Collision Warning sensor, nor did we unplug it. Don't ask me why, looking back on it this was pure stupidity on my part. Leaving the sensor on and plugged in lowered the approach angle, meaning that the lowest point was not the bottom of the radiator support, but instead was the plug on the bottom of the ACC/FCW sensor, where it plugs into the car wiring harness. We were excited and impatient, and now we are paying the price!
As you can see from the attached JPEGs, we basically crushed the plastic insulating plugs on the connection to the sensor itself, as well as the corresponding connection into the car's wiring harness. We stopped before we did any damage to anything else. We did not actually strike the sensor or the bracket. The only damage is to the sensor-wiring harness connections. The plug on the sensor attaches with four Torx screws. Is that connection available? I expect we can simply re-solder it if so.
Also, as the attached PDF shows, there's is apparently a repair kit for the wiring harness plug, but it's shown as "unavailable". The dealer wants to replace the entire harness, which if I understand correctly involves removing much of the front end of the car (with like 10 hrs of labor), and I just don't see that that is necessary, especially since this is NOT a warranty repair.
Is the plug repair kit or this particular connector available anywhere?
We would like to be able to reconnect and disconnect the sensor in future, as I am anticipating more off-road adventures. Any advice from the collective wisdom? Thanks.
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