Valet for a day
Back on October 13th, I parked the car for the night and noticed the “SECURITY” light below the tachometer (the gauge that measures engine speed) kept flickering at an unusual rate after the key had been removed. I also noticed the car’s blinkers and sidemarkers didn’t flash when I armed and disarmed the security system.
That was weird. The car had never done this before. Slight concern crept in as I wondered if the oddity would drain the vehicle’s battery. My fear was mitigated when the car started up fine the next morning and later that evening after work.
After purchasing the Top Gun Blu-ray and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Ferrari Challenge for the PLAYSTATION3 at Best Buy, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to figure out what was going. It was time to read the fantastic manual (RTFM).
First, I used the manual’s index to look up “Security System” (who uses the table of contents anyway?). Once there, I noticed the subsection on “Valet Mode.” There, I read about symptoms that matched what I was seeing.
After disabling the security system’s valet mode, I armed and disarmed the car’s security system. Success! The car’s alarm was now functioning properly again. As to how the whole ordeal happened, I’m guessing the “arm” button on the remote transmitter was accidentally press for a few seconds when the driver’s side front door was open. Once properly addressed, I then took satisfaction knowing the phenomenon would no longer haunt me.