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Closing the Frunk/Trunk?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by KBF, Aug 16, 2012.

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  1. KBF

    KBF Model S 2017

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    I read in this thread that one has to push down on the frunk to latch it. I assumed that the frunk and trunk both were auto-open AND close with the press of the fob/touchscreen. Can anyone who has tested a recent model please verify one way or the other?
     
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    contaygious Active Member

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    I've opened and closed the trunk while inside the car I believe, but the frunk is not auto open. You still have to open the latch since you wouldn't want your front opening by accident.
     
  3. AndyM

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    The rear trunk is fully automatic, and can be opened/closed fully remotely from the panel or the key fob or the button on the trunk itself.

    The frunk can be unlatched with the panel or key fob, but must be lifted manually, and must be closed and latched manually.
     
  4. Kipernicus

    Kipernicus Model S Res#P1440

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    I recall the early cars' frunks were treated rather gingerly - the staff at the stores didn't want them constantly opened and shut. Hopefully the production cars are more sturdy
     
  5. MikeK

    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

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    I dropped by Menlo Park on my way to work this morning, and tested out the frunk on the Green car that has been at many Get Amped events. (115?) I wanted to see if it would latch if you allowed it to free-fall, because I figured pressing the frunk closed was a great way to put fingerprints all over the front of the car.

    It does not latch if you lower it to the point where it wants to fall, and let go. You have to press down to latch. It doesn't require much pressure, but you do have to push it down.
     
  6. Robert.Boston

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    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

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    I'll keep them in the frunk! Oh, wait... ;)
     
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    I am NOT having the Butler drive my Model S! He can stick to the bicycle I bought him.
     
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    With Paint Armor, you shouldn't get any fingerprints. I've had that done on my last 3 cars and I never see fingerprints when I open and close the hoods.
     
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    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

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    Well, I don't know what to tell you. The prints were clear as day.
     
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    #11 malcolm, Aug 17, 2012
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    Er thanks for the photo of white cotton gloves. Clearly the words "white cotton gloves" might be misunderstood :wink:
     
  12. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    Front hoods (bonnets for you brits/aussies) (Frunks included) are required to have a secondary, safety latch which must be released by hand. This must be so, given that if you happen to be travelling at 65 mph on the freeway, and you inadvertently hit the frunk button, it doesn't open and then rip the hood/bonnet off. It makes perfect sense. No need to verify anything.
     
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    The secondary latch is definately required for safety. However most automobile hoods will close, and latch both latches, if you just drop them from 6-12 inches. This would be a desireable future refinement for the Model S.

    GSP
     
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    Aluminum lighter than steel. E=MC2
     
  15. Liz G

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    NigelM, I think the equation you were looking for is

    F = m x g
    where g = 9.8 m/s
     
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    :redface: Physics is not my strong suit.
     
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    The Front hood is extremely pliable when pushed on. You have to be very careful when doing the final push to close, as the front hood warps very easily. Perhaps there is an easier way than pushing down firmly on the hood cover?
     
  18. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    There is a picture of the method my DS showed me HERE.
     
  19. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    My DS said specifically not to do it that way. FYI.
     
  20. Arnold Panz

    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    I've closed it that way every time I've used it and haven't had a problem. It's kind of a feel thing that I think gets better with practice on how hard to push etc.
     

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