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Accidental Lock Out Tip

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by efusco, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    My DES, Lee Holycross, came down today for my delivery experience. In the course of things I asked him how to get into the car if the fob battery died. I knew that had been posted, but I'd forgotten that you put the "dead" fob on the windshield near the passenger windshield wiper.

    Now, that's all well and good, but your fob is just as dead and you still can't drive. So, my tip is to put a 1032 battery in the envelope with your important paperwork in the glove box. Once you're in the cabin you can pop out the dead battery, install the new one and be on your way! A small eye glass type screw driver might help get the back off and the old battery out if you want to add that to the kit too.

    Hope the idea helps someone out of a fix someday.

    Evan, Via Tapatalk
     
  2. DavidM

    DavidM P2624, Delivered

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    efusco - Great tip. I'm sure I will forget soon enough, so I'm writing it down.
     
  3. aviators99

    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    When you write it down, put it in an envelope and put that in the glove box.
     
  4. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Great idea!

    LOL! I'll have to bookmark this for now.
     
  5. walla2

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    My DS indicated that you can open the car with a near dead fob by putting it in the area where the trunk and the passenger windshield meet. That's also in the manual. He also said there was a place to set the key near the cup holder I think that would allow you to start the car on a low battery.

    The battery in the glove box is a great idea too. Thanks.
     
  6. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Random moment of sharing...

    For one of my past vehicles, I had a trickle drain (later found out it was the radio :p) on the battery. For a brief period, I had a backup battery in the passenger footwell just in case. Storing a 1032 in the glove box reminds me of that.
     
  7. STxTesla

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    Thanks Evan, that's a great suggestion.
     
  8. Joel

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    No need for a backup 1032 battery. If you have a dead key fob, you can leave the dead key fob in the cup holder, and the car will start. There is a sensor in the console that will detect the dead key fob and the car will start. :smile:
     
  9. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    My DS didn't mention that (?didn't know that?)...but good tip.
     
  10. Joel

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    #10 Joel, Dec 6, 2012
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    My service tech told me. It'd imagine it's in the owner's manual. However, I, like many others, have not read the owner's manual :smile:
     
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    #11 brianman, Dec 6, 2012
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    I have. :) But not the latest version after they've patched it however many times.

    My DS mentioned it as well.

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  12. mcornwell

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    I've never heard of a 1032 battery. Are you sure it isn't a CR2032? That's a common size for garage door openers and some key fobs.
     
  13. dailydriver

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    You're correct - it is a CR2032.
     
  14. KBF

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    Sooo, does that mean I can swap my car for someone else's P85 when my key fob battery dies :O ;)

    Or is there a unique passive chip in each fob that the console detects?
     
  15. PaJa

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    Each FOB is unique, equipped with RFID backup chip inside. This chip is read via proximity reader behind a cupholder's plastic. It is a standard feature for keyless operated cars.
     
  16. darthy001

    darthy001 Love my car, hope Tesla can get as great!

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    I hope the mobile app will help here in the future!? A least with getting the car unlocked...
     
  17. Joel

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    Each FOB is unique to the car.
     
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    Good thing I saw that picture. My rep told me it was over the vin on the driver side, but its actually the passenger side? Or maybe the sensor is huge.
     
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    When the battery starts getting low, does the car warn you on one of the screens well before you get to the point where the doors aren't opening and the car isn't starting?
     
  20. DrTaras

    DrTaras R254->R725->S1364-->X769

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    Thanx for that!

    - - - Updated - - -

    But what if your smartphone battery is also dead? How will that help? :tongue:
    But wait, what if your Model S has no more battery juice left? How will you unlock it then?

    So I was writing the above two lines as a joke and then thought to myself, hey, what if your car runs out of battery and you want to open the charge port?
    You can't from the touch screen, because that's off. Will the charge port recognize your cable if the car is locked? How about a non-Tesla charge cable? :confused:
     

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