kiev
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Stop that key-reminder noise and lose 6 [edit: 8] lbs fast!

Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:23 am

That annoying dinging sound when you open a door when the key is in the switch!
[edit: added pictures here, leg-slicer

Sometimes i have to load or unload with the doors open for extended time, and i want to leave the key in the ignition (so i know where it is and don't have to look for it), and i want the radio on to hear music while i work, and i'm getting sick and tired of hearing that constant dinging .

1. Remove two philips head screws holding lower knee panel to get it out of the way.

2. Bonus (US version) step: remove the two razor-sharp unpainted steel knee-cutter brackets using deep-well 12mm socket (removes 6 lbs of dangerous weight that would slice your legs open in a wreck). [aka anti-submarine brackets]

EDIT: i was removing the glovebox to get to the air filter to clean it, and noticed that there is a pair of knee-cutters for the passenger as well--removed 2 more lbs of useless weight...

3. Remove the two ph screws from the lower steering column cover, pry the cover loose starting at the key switch and swing the cover down and off.

4. Remove the two small ph screws holding the small plastic block to the front rim of the key switch at about the 2:00 position. The block has two green wires attached and a tiny plastic button. Press the plastic button to hear the annoying thing. Replace the screws in the lock rim.

5. Replace the covers and screws, enjoy peace and quiet with the doors open and key in the switch.
Last edited by kiev on Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:24 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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Re: How to disable the key-in-ignition warning noise?

Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:00 am

Edit: comment deleted as above information was updated to reflect the procedure. Silence is golden! :D
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Re: How to disable the key-in-ignition warning noise?

Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:28 am

The wiring harness to the ignition switch can be seen if you are able to fit on the floor and look under the dash. Of the several wires, I'm sure one is the key-present signal.

Joe, for your OT peeve, simply turning the key to ACC is enough to put my cars in neutral. I haven't tried yet to see if charging stops or not. It will stop charging if you turn the key on and shift out of Park. If you just turn the key on and don't shift, it will keep charging.
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Re: Stop that key-reminder noise and lose 6 lbs fast!

Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:58 am

kiev wrote:That annoying dinging sound when you open a door when the key is in the switch!


Aaaahh peace and quiet . . . thanks mucho for the tips Kiev. I did locate the noise box itself but it is under a cover on the back side of the cabin fuse panel. Actually significantly harder to get to than the switch which Kiev gave great instructions on disabling. I also taped that switch to a nearby bracket with electrical tape to prevent it from being activated by vibration or something.

PV1 - It turns out that it is pretty easy to disable the key switch interlock to the shifter. I did so temporarily while getting rid of the "ding - ding - ding . . .". Opted to leave it stock before I closed the panels back up though. I don't find it that much of a pain (although I would rather not have it). But it is considered a safety interlock feature so best to have it working for liability reasons, if none other.


THOSE "BRACKETS" - I thought Kiev was just being flippant until saw them, Wow! Anyone who can come up with a plausible positive purpose for them I would love to hear some theories!

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Re: Stop that key-reminder noise and lose 6 lbs fast!

Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:57 pm

Are there any photos of these brackets?

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Re: Stop that key-reminder noise and lose 6 lbs fast!

Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:38 pm

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Re: Stop that key-reminder noise and lose 6 lbs fast!

Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:21 am

kiev - thank you very much for pursuing this mod and posting the results, and Aerowhatt and PV1 thanks for your inputs. Really have to wonder about the function(s) of that bracketry, considering some of the weight-saving extremes that Mitsu had gone to with this car. Since we so often loan our i-MiEVs to others, I think I'll be limiting these types of mods to "my" car only (Mitti). :geek:
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Re: Stop that key-reminder noise and lose 6 lbs fast!

Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:42 am

I've only been able to come up with one "plausible" reason for those brackets. Nothing is attached or mounted to them so they are there for their own purposes? Since they mimic the shape of the drivers side dash but none of the panels attach to them I'm thinking that they must be intended to provide resistance to a person not wearing a seatbelt from going completely under the dash and steering column in a front end collision. Pretty apparent an "after thought" type solution. Presumably the plastic kick panel, etc., would be sandwiched between the persons legs and the brackets reducing the "leg slicer" effect? That's all that I can imagine they might be about, I'm at a loss for other alternative explanations.

Interestingly there is nothing even remotely similar on the passenger side.

Other thoughts??

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Re: Stop that key-reminder noise and lose 6 lbs fast!

Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:19 pm

That's what it looks like they are. They seem to provide support to the plastic panel to prevent it from being caved in.

I use it to support my OVMS module.
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Re: Stop that key-reminder noise and lose 6 lbs fast!

Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:26 pm

so probably not a good idea to take it out then ?
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