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I hate the beep when I lock/unlock doors. I found a thread here describing how to unplug the beep maker under the hood. The beeping device is green in color. Located at the Left front corner,near headlight assembly. It's mounted below the orange hood open switch and the diagnostic port.

I unplugged the green noise maker and then loosely reinstalled the plug so as not to make an electrical connection but to keep the connection kind of water tight. I suppose you could put some dielectric grease in the unused plug end to keep it corrosion free.

I Have a 2019 niro plug in, in case it makes a difference.
 

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Thanks for this. This is a huge pet peeve of mine - though not as much as honking when unlocking/locking the doors, I always end up slamming on my brakes in parking lots because I think I'm about to hit someone.
 

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Thanks from me too. Just took a few seconds to do it myself. I don't think corrosion will be an issue, unless you live near salt water of course.

I hate the chirps too, and not crazy about the flashing lights attracting attention either. The electric locks make enough noise to let you know they did their thing. Interestingly, when I closed my hood after disconnecting the cable, the lights flashed. How useless!
 

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I don't mind the lights flashing when I lock it. Just helps confirm it worked. But I hate the flashers coming on if I use remote access to pre-condition the interior temperature. I wish those could be disabled.
 

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So being a hybrid you have the possibility of leaving the car running and walking away without this beep. If you're bad about doing this don't unplug this.
 

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So being a hybrid you have the possibility of leaving the car running and walking away without this beep. If you're bad about doing this don't unplug this.
Not really. It won't lock if you don't turn the vehicle off. As others have said, the lights still flash and you can still hear the lock mechanism.
 

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Can't speak to the hybrid, but on my PHEV if I exit the car and close the door with the car energized (can't really say "running"), and there's no key fob in the car, a long tone is heard. Not super loud, but you can't miss it. It will stop after about 10 seconds or so, but not really possible to leave the car and leave it on unknowingly. There's times I do it intentionally, for example someone is still in the car so I want the AC to be running. I can ether leave the fob in the car (a pain to get it out of my pocket then return it when I return) or just let it beep. I usually let it beep. :)
 

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That is the alarm Jaxterra mentioned. What I didn't think of is that is a darned important alarm for those who forget to turn car off and have an enclosed garage. Lot of people have died from keyless cars left running. Assume regulators will require a hard turn off that is a timed function (like ten minutes) on future cars. (I'm still OK with mine disconnected).
 

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Yeah it may have a set time or something it turns off I didn't do that test all I know is I got out of the car and walked back in the house for something and there was no beep telling me it was on but I still like it unplugged.
 

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I hate the chirps too, and not crazy about the flashing lights attracting attention either. The electric locks make enough noise to let you know they did their thing. Interestingly, when I closed my hood after disconnecting the cable, the lights flashed. How useless!
A big 10-4 on this. There are many things they can and should make optional or configurable (including the volume of the backup beeper, which is how I got to this thread). I know they know how to do it, because I just ran through the maze of Climate Control options a few days ago. Whether your concern is privacy or security, non-mandatory beeping and flashing should be up to us, not some random engineer's choice. For instance I do not like advertising to night-time pedestrians that I have just plugged in or unplugged my car. And, though reverse beeping is mandatory, they could add min-mid-max settings.
 

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As I mentioned above, there is a safety function to the alert about fob left in car - same speaker as lock chirp. Lots of people die with cars left on in attached garages. It may appear that the Niro is not running, but if on, the engine will fire up about 10 minutes later for about two minutes, and so on. That could still lead to a dangerous CO level. I'm OK with the speaker disconnected, just a warning for others though.
 

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Perhaps some duct tape covering the sound opening of the offending noise maker would produce a lower noise level for those owners who want to maintain the function. I leave for work early in the morning and hate waking the neighbors whilst unlocking my doors. I even took the extra step of disabling the alarm button on my remote fob.....it was way to easy to unintentionally set off the alarm with the key fob moving around in my pocket.
 

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As I mentioned above, there is a safety function to the alert about fob left in car - same speaker as lock chirp. Lots of people die with cars left on in attached garages. It may appear that the Niro is not running, but if on, the engine will fire up about 10 minutes later for about two minutes, and so on. That could still lead to a dangerous CO level. I'm OK with the speaker disconnected, just a warning for others though.
Right, anything affecting safety should be left in place. I still get the car-is-on alarm at least once a week, and I am good with that. But stuff like door locking noises and blinking should be optional, and can easily be made configurable via software, similar to the many climate control options.
 
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