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Old 04-11-2008, 10:07 AM   #1
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Mystery Red Button

I was wondering if anybody knew what a small red button (about the size of a pencil eraser) did that is under my dash right beneath where the fuses in the dash are but not in this compartement, it looks serious so I thought I would ask before I pressed it and blew my car up. Thanks!
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Did you buy the truck used? If so maybe something the previous owner put on. If you really want to find out you could try tracing the wires.
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its the emergency eject button.. use it with caution and hold on tight
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Is it a button or a little red LED for an alarm?

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Pretty sure it's not stock, so there is really no way for any of us to know... Like Joe's Toy said, just trace the wires (or just press.)
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its an actual button, I did buy the car used, I am a wiring idiot so im not sure even if I traced the wiring I could figure out what it was wired to. Would it make sense that it is the valet switch for the alarm?
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Possible, i have a black button from the PO that put that button near the Parking brake.
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its an actual button, I did buy the car used, I am a wiring idiot so im not sure even if I traced the wiring I could figure out what it was wired to. Would it make sense that it is the valet switch for the alarm?
That would be my guess too.
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cool guys thanks, the only thing left I guess is to press it and make sure I am buckled in
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It's the stock NOS system.

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its the emergency eject button.. use it with caution and hold on tight
be aware that after you press it, its very expensive to get the blue button installed(to get back down)


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Is it a button or a little red LED for an alarm?
i have it and AFAIK its for the alarm. cant tell you exactly what it does, ive tried in and out and still dont know what the button is for.

something to do with the way its set automaticlly ???
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i got a couple of questions...on our newly acquired '86 ext cab dlx 4x4....it has a small black button on top of the steering column..what is that?...and there is a SAFETY CANCEL button to the left of the steering wheel..on the dash...what the hell is that???..thanks alot!
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i got a couple of questions...on our newly acquired '86 ext cab dlx 4x4....it has a small black button on top of the steering column..what is that?...and there is a SAFETY CANCEL button to the left of the steering wheel..on the dash...what the hell is that???..thanks alot!
The little button is a key release button.

The Safety Cancel button may be a Clutch Start Cancel button. On the newer manual trannies, it will only start with the clutch pedal pressed in. That button bypasses that feature.
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its an actual button, I did buy the car used, I am a wiring idiot so im not sure even if I traced the wiring I could figure out what it was wired to. Would it make sense that it is the valet switch for the alarm?
if you have an aftermarket alarm it could be the program button (f.ex. to program a new keyfob to be recognized by the alarm)
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Yeah, I got one of those too!!
It is just tied up under the dash and seems to be wired to the after market alarm system on my rig. For the longest time I thought it was a hidden kill switch for the alarm. Too bad I was wrong. I got my remote wet the other day Kayaking and had the alarm set. I unlocked the truck with the key and scrambled for that little red button that was just tied up under the dash. It didn't do anything. Nothing. Ended up cutting the wires to the alarm horn under the hood before I found the fuse for the alarm system. Needless to say I tried everything to get the alarm to stop because it wouldn't let the truck start!! The only thing that worked was pulling the fuse.

I hope I have not reprogrammed my alarm so that it doesn't match my remote anymore!! I haven't had time to re-wire the horn so I haven't put the fuse back in. I think the remote works now that I dried it out though.
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the red button is for the valet mode on the car that only allows certain things to be done on mine u press and hold for a few seconds and it will chirp letting you know that the valet mode is active
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Does anybody know where you can find these buttons? My truck has the alarm but the button was missing when I bought it
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Does anybody know where you can find these buttons? My truck has the alarm but the button was missing when I bought it
It's not missing if it was never installed. It all depends what the PO installed.
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It has a hole about the size of a pencil eraser on a little panel to the left of the steering wheel and it had 4 wires going to where the hole is and if it helps they were red blue gray and black
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It's not missing if it was never installed. It all depends what the PO installed.
It has a hole about the size of a pencil eraser on a little panel to the left of the steering wheel and it had 4 wires going to where the hole is and if it helps they were red blue gray and black
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