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I just bought a 2005 ford escape. I got it home and when I withdrew the car key the antitheft indicator light came on, blinking. It has stayed on even when the doors are not locked. It turns off,as the manual says, when the car key is turned to accessory or the motor is running. Is this normal or should the blinking light go out after a while. It is rather disconcerting to have a blinking light on the dash when the car is parked.

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That is what it does ... it is telling those who might be interested in stealing your car that the alarm is active ... I guess you could have it removed ... but why would you do that? If I were going to steal a car ... I'd be interested in targeting a car that didnt have a alarm on it ... If yo remove it ... you will be making your car a more attractive target to be taken ...

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The blinking light is an LED, so it does not use up very much power.
However it does use power, and so do remotes.
So of you leave the car for a week or so, you should disconnect the battery.
Security systems and remotes are a really bad idea in cars, because cars freeze, bounce, condense, roast, etc., and none of these systems can hold up long in that environment.

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