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Dead Battery - How to get into Frunk on 2016+ Model S?

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by 320x240, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. 320x240

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    On the ModelX there are some frunk release straps to pull. On the 2015 and earlier Model S there are spots behind the nose cone to "jump start" the car, as well as a manual release if you have access to the interior of the car.

    On the 2016+ refreshed Model S - what do we do to get to the 12V battery if/when it's totally dead?

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  2. Snerruc

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    Some people on this site don't want this talked about for security reasons. Check the manual for first responders or pm me.
     
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    Tried to private message you as well, says it looks like spam and to contact a sys admin. Fun!
     
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    If you have an emergency and need the instructions, call Tesla Tech Support 7x24 (877) 798-3752 Option 2 IIRC.
     
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    Security by obscurity is no security at all. By not talking about the fact that the frunk can be easily opened without a fob might cause some owner to put valuable things in there. I've heard but not verified if the frunk is opened by pulling the emergency pull tabs while the car is locked the alarm would go off. That would make opening the frunk in such a manner similar to getting into the vehicle by throwing a brick through a window.

    I would be surprised if the refresh Model S did not have a method to open similar to Model X:

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    For those who cannot bother to read the first responder guide:

    ModelSOpenFrunk.png
     
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    Hah, indeed there it is. The next page had it - at a glance I thought it was towing instructions for when you don't have the towing eyelet. :confused:
     
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    Actually my refreshed 60 has a stightly different system from what they show, but the diagram will get you to the right place. They must change stuff like this constsntly. Not sure why you didn't get through my spam filter. Others have. Sorry.
     
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    That... is much easier than one would hope.
     
  12. Snuffysasa

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    I have this same problem. battery totally dead, need to get into front trunk to jump battery.

    I have a 2017 Model S 90D.

    I looked though all the early responder guides to find those release straps, however, they are not there!

    I checked both by the front tires, those release straps are not in those holes.
    I also checked in the nose of the car like where they would be for Model X, and they are not there either.

    I don't understand they the straps are not there, and is there no other way to get into the trunk?
     
  13. stopcrazypp

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    Did you lift up the front arch liners as instructed?
     
  14. Snuffysasa

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    I did. however could not see the straps. After some more searching eventually I found them, they were much lower than they were shown in picture
     
  15. roblab

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    I agree that most of us would simply call Tesla. They would know exactly which model you have and would stay on the line while you found the pulls or straps or loops, and pulled them, in the proper order.

    I can imagine a would-be thief, trying the front bumper, the wheel wells, the rear wheels, the left side of the battery pack, or wherever Tesla has put them this month. "HA! Find us NOW!" -- all while auto dial places a call to 911 with GPS directions to the car.
     
  16. TaoJones

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    My previous S failed with a black screen of death while in valet mode.

    Mobile Tesla support was into the frunk quickly, but had to disassemble the dash to access the glovebox. Took some time.

    Am not happy about the insecure nature of the frunk. Am considering repositioning or otherwise addressing those pull loops.

    For the recent rash of rear/triangular window breakins, there is a way to tint windows with a clear cement that makes those windows able to withstand repeated strikes from a baseball bat.

    But the only thing I can think of for secure storage in the car storage areas is to attach, permanently, a lockbox.

    Bleh. When on the road it would be nice to have just one thiefproof area in the chariot.
     

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