FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7303 posts, RR: 6 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 18559 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.
Anyway does your car have the little red flashing light? What do you think about it?
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Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8485 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 18552 times:
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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Cosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 18551 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.
GSOShutout55 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 18514 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.
TUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1845 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 18498 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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BradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 18464 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
Jafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 18460 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!
Kevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 18398 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.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 18220 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.
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