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Old 06-18-2012, 06:44 PM
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Z3 dash light and button

To the right of the steering wheel is a small red light and button. It's in a small plastic panel the opposite of the fog lights. I pulled it out and there is a wire going to both the light and button, but the button cannot be pressed. Does anyone know what these are for?

I read an article about installing your garage door opener under the dash and using a small non-latching switch built into the dash or console. I thought this looked like the perfect spot assuming it was non-functioning.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:50 PM
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Whatever it is its aftermarket. Stock - the right side of the steering column is unused. The volume control on my sub is there in mine.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:24 AM
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It's not aftermarket. It is the LED and microphone/sensor for the alarm system. It is not a button.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:21 AM
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Sorry my bad. Guess that what comes from living in the mountains, we don't need no stinkin alarms
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:48 AM
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I suppose that unless an owner ordered the alarm sytem, it's just a blank plate.

How does the microphone/sensor work? With the top down and alarm on, seems like it could easity go off accidently if it's monitoring noise levels.

Anyway, looks like I'm now looking for a new spot for my garage door switch. Maybe in the front of the console and the remote can go under the console. I'm going to Radio Shack after work to see the various non-latching switches available.
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^Most alarm microphones are listening for the sound of broken glass.
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