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The Flashing Red Light In Your Car?  
User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7213 posts, RR: 9
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 17458 times:

I been wondering this for a while but why did automotivencompanies insist on putting one of those flashing red lights in your car and it starts flashing whenever you car is locked and off. My VW Touareg three of them one on the driver door, one near the radio and one on the front passenger door. How much battery does this little light use? Will the light ever not work? What is the point of this light. I my father Land Rover the light stays on even when the alarm is not on and the car is off. Does the light really scare people? I just don't get it, but it looks cool.  Smile
Anyway does your car have the little red flashing light? What do you think about it?


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 17451 times:
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My BMW has one mounted in the dim lever for the rear view mirror, it is to show that the immobiliser is armed and as far as I am aware the flash pattern will also warn if someone has tampered with the car.


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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 17450 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 1):
My BMW has one mounted in the dim lever for the rear view mirror, it is to show that the immobiliser is armed and as far as I am aware the flash pattern will also warn if someone has tampered with the car.

Same on my Ford


User currently offlineEWS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 17433 times:

Mine's below the Speedo, showing the Alarm/Immobiliser is armed.

- EWS


User currently offlineGSOShutout55 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 17413 times:

mine is the same. It works with lights when yu unlock the car, aswell. If no one has tried to open a door while the alarm was set, the car lights flash 2 times when you open them, and 3 times if someone tried to get it. On my car, a Grand Cherokee, the light blicks rapidly for 15 secs when armed and then at a slow rate. I don't see how it could be annoying.


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User currently offlinePilotsmoe From United States of America, joined May 2005, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 17413 times:

I'm waiting for ANCflyer to say the flashing red lights are on the top of his car Big grin

User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 17401 times:

Quoting Pilotsmoe (Reply 5):
I'm waiting for ANCflyer to say the flashing red lights are on the top of his car

 rotfl   rotfl  Nice one son!!

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 17397 times:

my volvo has one right in center dash. it blinks fast if the alarm has been activated. then when i start the car the information center tells me that the alarm has been activated and to check the car. crazy!


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User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 17397 times:

My red light is only on when I'm nearly out of petrol !!

(well it is a Suzuki Jimney - dead basic)

 Big grin


User currently offlineEWS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 17387 times:

Quoting Pilotsmoe (Reply 5):
I'm waiting for ANCflyer to say the flashing red lights are on the top of his car

 rotf 

- EWS


User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 17363 times:

My mothers BMW 316 and my fathers BMW 320 have a large red flashing light on the bottom of the rear view mirror. Sitting in the living room with the 2 cars on the drive is annoying when trying to watch Discoivery Wings  Smile

I call my drive the red light district :/



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 17359 times:

You can buy them as an accessory to scare Chavs away, I think they do work unless the guy really wants your car, in which case he'll know how to by-pass it.

Funny this subject should come up, I was walking back from the beach late last night and noticed a 316 BMW with a red flashing light and wondered if it was real or a fake and whether it did deter theives.

Just being a BMW would deter me, can't stand the things!


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 17345 times:

Quoting Pilotsmoe (Reply 5):
I'm waiting for ANCflyer to say the flashing red lights are on the top of his car  biggrin 

Blue  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4900 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 17340 times:

It's just a deterrent I suppose. Kind of stupid though, if a pro thief wants to steal my car he's going to regarldess of the secuirty system or flashing LEDs I have in it.

YOWza



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User currently offlineSouthwestMDW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 303 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 17312 times:

In my Ford Taurus, it's actually on the instrument panel, just below the speedometer. It's actually not a light, but it says THEFT and flashes when the car is off.

User currently offlineKevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 17297 times:

Vehicles equipped with a factory installed "theft deterrent" system have this "security" light. It indicates if the system is armed or not and if the vehicle has been tampered. The light usually flashes with a different cadence to indicate tampering.
Manually locking and closing the doors may not arm the system so the light will indicate this. If you attempt to start the engine and it does not crank, check if the light is flashing with the key in the ON position. Most security systems will not allow the starter motor to engage if the system is armed or in the "tampered" mode. Should someone open a door or hatch without the key while the system is armed, the alarm goes off and the starter motor will be disabled.
Some cars have a "coded" ignition key. The key has a programmed resistance value and the system must identify that it is the proper key being used or will not start and the security light will flash. If someone tampers with the vehicles locking system or ignition cylinder, the system will sound the horn for a period of time and shut off. When you return to the vehicle, the light may be flashing with a different interval indicating that the system detected tampering.
It is usually explained in the Owners Manual, which most never read.



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 17289 times:

I have flashing red lights in my truck. I have a siren and two-way radio, too. When the weather is crappy, I have red lights that go on the roof.  Big grin



Mark

[Edited 2006-03-12 00:47:58]

User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 17240 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Thread starter):
How much battery does this little light use? Will the light ever not work?

The light won't work if you don't activate the deadlocking on your car. It will also stop working if you don't use the car for a week (maybe two??) or more so it doesn't flatten the battery.

 Smile

Rgds.


User currently offlineTuffgong From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 17214 times:

ya no kiddin, i got one in my Dodge ram right above the stereo area. always wondered what the point was.


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 17184 times:
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Quoting Jamie757 (Reply 17):
It will also stop working if you don't use the car for a week (maybe two??) or more so it doesn't flatten the battery.

I'm not sure about the car, but my motorcycle has a similar flashing light which deactivates after 24 hours.



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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 17184 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 13):
It's just a deterrent I suppose. Kind of stupid though, if a pro thief wants to steal my car he's going to regarldess of the secuirty system or flashing LEDs I have in it.

No doubt! If they're good and they want it, they'll get it no matter what.

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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 17119 times:

I have 3 in my car.

One below the speedo to indicate that the alarm is armed, one in the centre of the dash that shows the immobiliser is on but that one does not flash, and another on the stereo when the front is removed.

 Smile



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12256 posts, RR: 35
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 17059 times:
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Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 16):
I have flashing red lights in my truck. I have a siren and two-way radio, too. When the weather is crappy, I have red lights that go on the roof.

You lucky Wisconsinites  Wink We all know how those MSP troopers like those, right? Big grin



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 17056 times:

The red light on my ride is located in the back of the sole, as seen here.



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