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Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual: OnStar Description and Operation

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This OnStar® system consists of the following components:

This system also interfaces with the factory installed vehicle audio system.

Onstar Block Diagram

B24Cellular Phone MicrophoneC3Telematics Communication Interface Control Module BatteryS51Telematics Button AssemblyT4GCellular Phone, Navigation, and Digital Radio AntennaT4SWireless Communication Antenna - BluetoothK73Telematics Communication Interface Control ModuleA11RadioX84Data Link Connector
Serial Data - GMLAN Low Speed
Serial Data - GMLAN High Speed
B24 Cellular Phone Microphone
C3 Telematics Communication Interface Control Module Battery
S51 Telematics Button Assembly
T4G Cellular Phone, Navigation, and Digital Radio Antenna
T4S Wireless Communication Antenna – Bluetooth
K73 Telematics Communication Interface Control Module
A11 Radio
X84 Data Link Connector
Telematics Communication Interface Control Module

The telematics communication interface control module is a cellular device that allows the user to communicate data and voice signals over the national cellular network. Power is provided by a dedicated, fused B+ circuit. Ground is provided through the vehicle wiring harness attached to the module. The ignition state is determined by the telematics communication interface control module through serial data messaging.

Dedicated circuits are used to connect the telematics communication interface control module to a microphone, the button assembly, and to command the status LED. The telematics communication interface control module communicates with the rest of the vehicle over the serial data bus.

The module houses 2 technology systems, one to process GPS data, and another for cellular information. The cellular system connects the OnStar® system to the cellular carrier’s communication system by interacting with the national cellular infrastructure. The module sends and receives all cellular communications over the cellular antenna and cellular antenna coax. GPS satellites orbiting earth are constantly transmitting signals of their current location. The OnStar® system uses the GPS signals to provide location on demand.

The module also has the capability of activating the horn, initiating door lock/unlock, or activating the exterior lamps using the serial data circuits. These functions can be commanded by the OnStar® Call Center per a customer request.

OnStar® Three Button Assembly
Base Mirror

  • The OnStar® button assembly may be part of the rearview mirror, or a separate, stand alone unit. The button assembly is comprised of 3 buttons and a status LED. The buttons are defined as follows:
    • The answer/end call button, which is black with a white phone icon, allows the user to answer and end calls or initiate speech recognition.
    • The blue OnStar® call center button, which displays the OnStar® logo, allows the user to connect to the OnStar® call center.
    • The emergency button, which displays a white cross with a red background, sends a high priority emergency call to the OnStar® call center when pressed.

The telematics communication interface control module supplies 10 volts to the OnStar® button assembly on the keypad supply voltage circuit. When pressed, each button completes a circuit across a resistor allowing a specific voltage to be returned to the telematics communication interface control module on the keypad signal circuit. Depending upon the voltage range returned the telematics communication interface control module is able to identify which button has been pressed.

The OnStar® status LED is located with the button assembly. The LED is green when the system is ON and operating normally. When the status LED is green and flashing, it is an indication that a call is in progress. When the LED is red, this indicates a system malfunction is present. In the event there is a system malfunction and the OnStar® system is still able to make a call, the LED will flash red during the call.

If the mirror has the rear vision camera disp

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