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Doors don't always auto lock...

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Steve2498, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. Steve2498

    Steve2498 Member

    Nov 10, 2015
    Does anyone know all the parameters for when doors will lock automatically and when they won't?

    I have things set so only the drivers door handle presents itself when approaching the car. When getting in and out of the drivers side the car always locks itself a few seconds after walking away, I seldome even look back to check it any more.

    Yesterday however I needed to get into the passenger side so after approaching the car I used the fob to get the passenger door handle to present itself. After getting what I needed out of the car, I closed the door and walked away. Much to my surprise, when I came back an hour later, I noticed the car was still unlocked with all 4 handles still extended!

    Is this expected behavior? I've not experienced this before.
  2. thimel

    thimel Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    That doesn't sound normal. Any chance the door did not fully close? That would cause this behavior.
  3. sorka

    sorka Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2015
    Merced, CA
    This happens to me from time to time which is why if there's anything of value, like my briefcase(out of view of course) in the car, I always manually lock it.
  4. JPP

    JPP Active Member

    Feb 4, 2013
    SF Bay Area, CA
    If you use the fob to unlock, there is a mode where the car will not auto-lock upon walk away. Check the owner's manual.
  5. Boatguy

    Boatguy Member

    Apr 3, 2014
    SF Bay Area
    Note: If all doors are closed and you use the key to unlock Model S, walk-away locking is temporarily suspended until the next time Model S powers on (such as when you press the Brake pedal to engage a driving gear), or until you use the key again to lock Model S. This allows you to keep Model S unlocked in your garage.
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  6. scottm

    scottm Version 9 software sufferer

    Jun 13, 2014
    You might have fallen victim to this...

    If when getting out, your driver door is open, and your butt lifts off the seat, and for some reason you have a lazy foot dragging it out of the car behind you and you touch the brake pedal.... the car remains alive on the console. And ... it may not lock as you walk away. The car thinks you're still inside even though your butt has left the chair.

    No kidding!

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