TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

FOB went through the washer & dryer

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by WarrenInCA, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. WarrenInCA

    WarrenInCA Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2014
    Messages:
    90
    Location:
    Scotts Valley, CA
    To my horror, I discovered my FOB had gone through the laundry. With reluctance I took the FOB to the garage. Would it still work??

    IT WORKS!!
     
  2. Andyw2100

    Andyw2100 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2014
    Messages:
    6,564
    Location:
    Ithaca, NY
    Glad to hear it.
     
  3. FLDarren

    FLDarren Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    Messages:
    618
    Location:
    Seminole, Fl.
    lucky you. Mine had a worse fate. Probably wouldn't have bought a new one if keyless driving on the iPhone was available at the time.
     
  4. Dborn

    Dborn Confirmed

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    2,492
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    Was it in a fob condom? ( AKA Abstract Oceans silicone fob holder). That looks like it might waterproof the fob.
     
  5. WarrenInCA

    WarrenInCA Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2014
    Messages:
    90
    Location:
    Scotts Valley, CA
    The FOB was in a leather fob holder. Despite the FOB working fine last night, this morning I had some problems. The FOB buttons open the frunk, trunk and unlocks the car. However, the car won't start.

    I took the battery out of it and will leave it open all day to dry it out. There is some evidence of moisture inside.
     
  6. pete8314

    pete8314 Vendor

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2012
    Messages:
    2,193
    Location:
    DFW
    LOL. For the record, they're FobPockets, possibly also know as fob condoms, in Australia at least :) To my knowledge, there's been no unplanned fob babies, so they must be working.
     
  7. Andyw2100

    Andyw2100 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2014
    Messages:
    6,564
    Location:
    Ithaca, NY
    You might want to try the "rice in a plastic bag" approach, to help it dry better.
     
  8. juggie

    juggie Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2014
    Messages:
    63
    I believe you are too late If this happens always remove battery asap and dry indeed with rice in a bag.
     
  9. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2012
    Messages:
    6,650
    Location:
    Maine
    <peeve>Fob INAN.</peeve>

    (INAN = Is Not An Acronym.)
     
  10. BoldSharpe

    BoldSharpe Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2015
    Messages:
    133
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I was under the impression the Aussies referred to them as Fob Frangers. Back me up here, Dborn!
     
  11. JohnnyLounge21

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    126
    Location:
    San Diego, CA, United States
    Second the notion on Frangers. Probably the best use for a fob protector that I could think of. . .
     
  12. efxjim

    efxjim Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Messages:
    229
    Location:
    Glendale, CA
    I had the same thing happen to my fob. The soap that is left in the fob is mildly conductive. I was using up a battery a week. I took the fob and placed it in wide mouth bottle and half filled it with very hot purified water (reverse osmosis ) distilled would also work. Proceeded to shake vigorously for several minutes then drained. Next I put denatured alcohol in the bottle and did the same. Followed up with more hot water. Blew it out with a compressor and let dry for a few hours in the sun. It is still on the same battery a year later.
     
  13. Lloyd

    Lloyd Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Messages:
    5,682
    Location:
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Here's one!

    fob_tshirt-r6f5360bb36454731a8e02465fc00a8e3_f0c6y_324.jpg
     
  14. Cyclone

    Cyclone Cyclonic Member ((.oO))

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    4,960
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    Generally speaking, the "rice in a plastic bag" idea is a poor choice for electronics. The main reason to get damage after water exposure is actually from impurities left in/on the circuit board potentially connecting transistors to cause a short. As such, the starchy dustiness of rice may hurt. Instead, I would follow this advice, but substitute those "Silicone - Do not eat" packets they put to managed humidity in shoeboxes and other such shipping boxes.
     

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC