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Old 09-23-2005, 12:57 AM
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Default '06 Red blinking light - what is it?

I just bought an '06 Sonata GL (I drive about 35-40K miles per year, so went with the cheap model). I love it so far, but tonight I noticed a small red blinking light on the driver's side dashboard (on top, between the steering wheel and the windshield). I didn't notice it before, although since I just got the car yesterday I could have overlooked it. At first I thought it was a light to indicate the alarm is armed, but it blinks even when the doors aren't locked. The light stops blinking when you put the key in the ignition. When you lock the car, the light blinks 9 or 10 times quickly, then goes back to its regular cycle of blinking every 5 seconds or so. I can't find anything in the owner's manual that tells me what it is. Can anybody help me out?

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Old 09-24-2005, 02:19 AM
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Default RE: '06 Red blinking light - what is it?

Well, after much digging around on the hmaservice.com website, I found the answer to my own question. Read on if you're curious.

The blinking light I mentioned is called the Security Indicator, and it's set to do exactly what I described. According to the service manual, the light is programmed to come on for .3 seconds, then go off for 2 seconds continusously when the key isn't in the ignition. When the system is first armed, the light is programmed to come on for .3 seconds, then go off for .5 seconds. This sequence repeats for 8 seconds, after which the blinking reverts back to the .3 second on/2 seconds off interval. Apparently, the light will also go through a .3 seconds on, 5 seconds off cycle if the alarm is tripped or the panic button is pressed (it's after 11pm as I write this, so I don't think I'll verify that bit of information just yet). The service manual also mentions that the light goes out and stays out as long as the key is in the ignition.

So I guess the light is nothing more than a theft deterrent. I suspected as much, but the irregular interval at times and the fact that the light flashed even when the alarm wasn't armed had me stumped. I guess it's Hyundai's way of making it look like there's an active alarm even when the alarm isn't armed. Pretty clever. The 9-10 quick flashes when the door lock button is pressed is apparently a visual cue to the driver that the system is indeed armed.

The only thing I'm still a little confused about is why the owner's manual has absolutely no reference to the Security Indicator light or what it tells you as the operator.
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manual doesnt always have everything in it....like the auto doors locks that the dealer can turn on for you....
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What are auto-door-locks?
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:30 AM
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What are auto-door-locks?
The doors automatically lock when the vehicle reachesa preset speed.
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that sounds cool.

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