LED Started flashing

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Slash01
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LED Started flashing

Post by Slash01 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:56 pm

The little red LED above the black central vents in the console surround has never flashed before.
I believe it should flash to show that the alarm is working and though the alarm does work (I set if off the other week by accident) the light has never flashed.
Today I removed the small panel the light is in and took out the board with the led and the resistor on, then put it all back together. Curiosity was the reason.
Well tonight I took a quick drive to a relative's and when I came out to the car to come home a noticed the LED was flashing. It stopped as soon as I unlocked the doors and only started up again once I'd locked up after getting home.
Have I inexplicably fixed the alarm LED or does it indicate something is wrong? As it's flashing quite quickly as the Video I took shows. The only other thing I did on the drive was to switch on the heated seats to see for certain if the passenger one works, which it does.

Here's the link to the Video:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/metroracing/12913901063/
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Re: LED Started flashing

Post by glasgowjim » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:19 am

Dont worry thats normal you just be accident sorted a bad conection . dont you just love 480's :lol:

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Re: LED Started flashing

Post by Slash01 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:39 am

Oh thanks for that. Yeah I just thought it was flashing a bit quick, as other cars with an LED Alarm light flash slower.
Now on to fix some more electrics ;)
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Re: LED Started flashing

Post by Van » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:34 am

I disconnected it, it's pointless, distracting and may attract the wrong attention.
after over 10 years parted with the 1995 Volvo 480 ES 2.0

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Re: LED Started flashing

Post by Slash01 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:06 pm

Round my way maybe it'll show the kids that it has got an alarm, then maybe they'll stop going near it.
The passenger side is now full of scratches, none of which were there when I brought it. :angry:
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Re: LED Started flashing

Post by svenska axel » Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:39 pm

i will be bringing a spare led with the other goodies on sunday slash, you might as well plug a fresh one in. i think it flashes faster to show the alarm has been activated, or could be caused by a bad connection not giving it full voltage.

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Re: LED Started flashing

Post by Slash01 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:09 pm

I've PM' you about a couple of things. Plus can't do Sunday this week. Saturday after 12 is good though.
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Re: LED Started flashing

Post by Slash01 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:45 pm

Well as of yesterday it has stopped working again.
I removed it again and the board was loose in the clips, however it now doesn't clip in properly. I think the resistor has heated up and melted one of the prongs that hold the board in place. And the resistor has now probably blew.
There are always ample warnings and there are always subtle signs,
And you would have seen them coming but we gave you too much time.

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