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Old 09-03-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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Red Light - little help?

Okay, gang - let me start by saying I tried the Search function but it wasn't much help (probably because I don't know what I'm searching for - that's a problem for another day). I also looked at the owner's manual and that didn't help much.

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I'm curious about the red light to the right in the instrument cluster. I know it is supposed to have something to do with the security/locking of the car. I just can't figure it out. I always lock my car the same way (right button on the fob as I walk away and I hear the beep). Many times, but not always, when I come back to the car and get in, the red light is on before I start the car. What does that mean?

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Old 09-04-2008, 08:28 AM   #2
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it means yours does the same thing as mine

I don't know why either.

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Old 09-04-2008, 12:05 PM   #3
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During normal operation, after turning on the ignition
switch, the Vehicle Security Alarm Indicator Light will
turn on for three (3) seconds for a bulb check. If the light
remains on after the bulb check, it indicates that there is
a problem with the electronics. In addition, if the light
begins to flash after the bulb check, it indicates that
someone used an invalid key to start the engine. Either of
these conditions will result in the engine being shut off
after two (2) seconds.
If the Vehicle Security Alarm Indicator Light turns on
during normal vehicle operation (vehicle running for
longer than 10 seconds), it indicates that there is a fault in
the electronics. Should this occur, have the vehicle serviced
as soon as possible.
NOTE:
˛ The Sentry Key Immobilizer System is not compatible
with some after-market remote starting systems. Use
of these systems may result in vehicle starting problems
and loss of security protection.
˛ Exxon/Mobil Speed Pass,™ additional Sentry Keys, or
any other transponder-equipped components on the
same key chain will not cause a key-related (transponder)
fault unless the additional part is physically held
against the ignition key being used when starting the
vehicle. Cell phones, pagers, or other RF electronics
will not cause interference with this system.
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:18 PM   #4
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Thanks, Hilldweller, but that is not the problem. I said the light is on when I get in the car before I start it up.

Anybody??
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must be all them stogies, messing with your mind.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:47 AM   #6
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Thanks, Hilldweller, but that is not the problem. I said the light is on when I get in the car before I start it up.

Anybody??
On solid and not blinking?
It's broken.
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must be all them stogies, messing with your mind.
They're just cigars, not that funny stuff.
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On solid and not blinking?
It's broken.
Yeah, when I get in the car after unlocking it, the red light is on. When I start the car, the light goes through the process described in your first post.
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Look at the light from outside before you get in; is it blinking? If so, all is well. Just means that your ignition is in standby, waiting for the right key/microchip to start it. If the red light is solid, there's a error in the reader and you might get stranded somewhere.
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Look at the light from outside before you get in; is it blinking? If so, all is well. Just means that your ignition is in standby, waiting for the right key/microchip to start it. If the red light is solid, there's a error in the reader and you might get stranded somewhere.
Thanks. I'll check it out.

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