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Fab key is less fabulous

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Gynob001, Feb 12, 2016.

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Are you happy with the Fab?

  1. Yes, not looks great!

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  2. No, not pleased despite its great appearance

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  1. Gynob001

    Gynob001 Member

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    Recently on a couple of occasions my Model S key failed to open the door, despite a new battery. I had parked in a parking lot with no wireless service. I had my cell phone but had turned off my cell data service. I had to turn on the cell data to get the Tesla app working. Once I opened the door and got into the car, I couldn't start the car. The car would't start as it failed to recognize the key. When I pressed the "start" on the app, it asked for Tesla password! I don't carry password around and had to go back to my office to get the password.
    Why didn't the car recognize the key? (it recognized at other times) and open the door? Why didn't the engine start with the app?
    Why can't the app connect with the car in the bluetooth mode? Does the bluetooth depend on the car being "ON"?
    Has anyone else noticed this? I am concerned, as this requires carrying the password, having internet connectivity etc.
     
  2. AllenWong

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    If you had Remote S, you could start the car with just Touch ID without the password. That's a good question about BlueTooth, though. it would be nice if there was a way to control the car via Bluetooth.
     
  3. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I like the BT idea. I would say that your fob is bad. Is it the same problem with the other one?
     
  4. Quantum`

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  5. Gynob001

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    yes with both Fabs

    1. In order to place the key in the cup holder, you should be able to get in. I have a problem, unless I carry a data phone and cellular data is activated. That's why a bluetooth connectivity could be better, particularly when you are just outside the car and are trying to get in and start.
    2. Yes, it happened with both my keys. Both had replaced new batteries within the last few days (actually twice).















    Oh Hell, that's too slow.

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    I do have my glucose monitor transmitter in my body but that is via bluetooth and shouldn't interfere.
     
  6. Quantum`

    Quantum` Member

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    Didn't say it's a permanent solution. It's intended to get you to the SC. Of course the situation is intolerable.
     
  7. PaulR

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    I had a problem when I would go to start my car in the morning in my garage where the charge port door would not open, the handles would not present. When I would return home and try to open the charge port door with the wand button on the HPWC, I had to hold the wand directly over the charge port antenna on the rear windshield for it to open. I changed the battery in the FOB, even tried my wife's FOB - no luck.....

    I realized that I had a BMW electronic key in the same pocket as my Tesla Fob. When I put the BMW key in the other pocket the FOB has worked well since then.

    Wi-Fi, BT and other RFI (Radio Frequency Interference, EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) is ubiquitous and can interfere with the FOB's weak signal. I am not saying that this will solve your unique problem, but sometimes cell phones, other electronic keys and devices can interfere.
     
  8. murphyS85

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    My car was delivered with a key fob receiver that was almost deaf. It was difficult to get the door handles to present. Opening the frunk required the fob to be against the nose cone. After the receiver was replaced I can now open the frunk while 75 feet away from the car.
     
  9. Dithermaster

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    The outside location for a low-battery fob is above the passenger windshield wiper, on the side towards the driver. See page 7 of the owner's manual.
     
  10. Cebe

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    Probably not what your problem was, but my key does not work if it's right next to my phone. I've gotten into a habit of having the key in a different pocket, at least 6 inches away from my phone, and haven't had any trouble since...
     
  11. islandbayy

    islandbayy Active Member

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    #11 islandbayy, Feb 14, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 13, 2016
     
  12. Gynob001

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    This morning one of my fab got wet and I couldn't start the car. Unfortunately, I didn't have my p[hpne with me. I walked to my home (near by) and got the other fab-didn't work. Both with new batteries.
    Brought back my cell phone, entered the car, started, and droove home.
    Now both my fabs (only one got wet) don't work. Any soplutions, suggestions, reasons?
     
  13. kort677

    kort677 Active Member

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    first off they are FOBs, secondly the design has little to do with owner foolishness.
     
  14. Gynob001

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    Hi
    What do you do when you come back and the car doesnt recognize FAB and open the door? If yyou don't have Iyour phone/internet, you are helpless.
    My Tesla does not recognize both my Fabs with brand new batteries. I can use my iPhone and open doors and start but need i9nternet. I wish the app would work independent of internet by hardwire or bluetooth connection.
    I have no clue why my fabs don't work-tesla hasn't returned my call.
     
  15. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    To the OP: you already have a topic about problems with your key fobs (they are not called a "fab") that you started in February here: Fab key is less fabulous and you just made the same post in that thread.
     
  16. Gynob001

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    I was not complaimning about the design. Rudeness has no place in the forum. Read the post before you reply. I suppose that you had never misplaced, damaged anything in your life.
     
  17. Gynob001

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    Thank you. Here, the point was one of my Fab got wet and both stopped working. I was not rude, annoyed, and was on;ly asking for solutions and suggestions.
     
  18. kort677

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    I certainly have lost and broken many items, and I don't go onto forums raving and ranting about it.
     
  19. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    Again, it is called a "key fob". It is not a "Fab".

    And my point is there is no reason to start a duplicate topic about your key fob issues. Duplicate topics and "cross posting" are not allowed under TMC rules.
     
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  20. murphyS85

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    If the wet fob is now transmitting continuously it will block the good one. Take the battery out of the wet one.
    There are places to put the fob both outside and inside of the car when it has a dead battery. Please see your Owner's Manual.
     

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