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FOB went through the washer & dryer

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

  1. WarrenInCA

    WarrenInCA Member

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    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 Well-Known Member

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    Glad to hear it.
     
  3. FLDarren

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    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

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    Was it in a fob condom? ( AKA Abstract Oceans silicone fob holder). That looks like it might waterproof the fob.
     
  5. WarrenInCA

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    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

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    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

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    You might want to try the "rice in a plastic bag" approach, to help it dry better.
     
  8. juggie

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    I believe you are too late If this happens always remove battery asap and dry indeed with rice in a bag.
     
  9. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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    <peeve>Fob INAN.</peeve>

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

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    I was under the impression the Aussies referred to them as Fob Frangers. Back me up here, Dborn!
     
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    Second the notion on Frangers. Probably the best use for a fob protector that I could think of. . .
     
  12. efxjim

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    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

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    Here's one!

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  14. Cyclone

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    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.
     

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