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Help: Left my Key fob in the car.

Discussion in 'Tesla' started by Reciprocity, Jun 7, 2017.

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  1. Reciprocity

    Reciprocity Active Member

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    I parked my car while on a trip and I left the Fob in the car. Is it secure there? Its not out in the open or anything. My brother is going to pickup the car at the airport and I am going to unlock it for him and I just wanted to make sure its safe until then.

    Thanks in advance for anyone how can help!
     
  2. davidc18

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    I believe that anyone can walk up to the car and activate the door handles if the fob is inside.
     
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  3. Canuck

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    Did you take the battery out? If not, then there's no need to unlock the car for your brother since it unlocks when it senses the fob, as far as I am aware.
     
  4. Tam

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    In the early days since 2012, I was able to consistently open the doors if a fob is left inside. Never FAILED, over and over again!

    There were reports of Tesla cars got stolen because a Fob was left inside.

    It's possible that Tesla has upgraded the firmware so that you can't open the doors even when a Fob is left inside but I haven't tested that out lately just yet.
     
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  5. immolated

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    With the fob inside it's completely unlocked even if the handles tuck in. Anyone can walk up and press the handle to open the door, or the trunk. Perhaps if you manually lock the car (through the app), it will prevent this but I haven't tested.
     
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  6. Reciprocity

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    Would be great if you enable/disable a fob in the app.
     
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    The X has a dead zone in the cargo area. Place the FOB on the floor of the cargo area by the driver wheel well. The key shouldn't be be detected and you will have to unlock from your phone.
     
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  8. Reciprocity

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    Awesome, ill try that.
     
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    It's also pretty easy to pop the battery out.
     
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    I believe this is still the case. I was at the car wash the other day, and they put my key somewhere that I couldn't find it. I drove the car home before I realized this. It took me 15 minutes to finally find where they had put it, but I was able to confirm that it was somewhere in the car because even when I locked the car from the app on my phone I could still walk up to the car and push the handle and it would open.
     
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    Anyone try a Faraday pouch? Usually used as a security thing, but should work inside the car as well.
     
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    I've forgot the key in the car a few times. Touched the handles and it opened right up.

    I've been meaning to try an altoid container.
     
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    I bought an eBay Faraday pouch, and it makes the fob totally invisible to the car, inside or out.

    It has a velcro flap that must be closed tightly to work.
     
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    Thanks for all the responses, really amazing how many people on here respond so quickly.

    And no, I am not telling you guys where my car is.

    Especially not Uncle Paul, that dude drives to fast.
     
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    I wonder if Tesla support can do that/lock a car remotely? Maybe worth a call.
     
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    Whenever I can't find my fob I look at my car in the garage. If the mirrors are folded, there's no need to look in the car for the fob. If the mirrors are out, the fob is inside the car.

    So keep an eye out for an X with unfolded mirrors in an airport parking lot.... ;)
     
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    Can anyone explain the advantage of a fob over a traditional key with remote?
    I've had the same remote for my infinity for 11 years and never had to change the battery.
    Never did I think "Wow pressing this unlock button is so hard! There's GOT to be a better way!"
     
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    I guess the same could be said: "Never did I think, 'Wow putting a key in the ignition is so hard, there's got to be a better way.' "

    I like just walking up to the vehicle and it unlocks, without fumbling for the keys, and the same when walking away.

    Changing the battery once a year is a small price to pay for that daily convenience, at least in my view.
     
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    Yup, he should have wrapped the FOB in several layers of aluminum foil.
     
  20. FlyF4

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    Well then, time to change the battery. Even under the best conditions of no use, the typical shelf life of a lithium battery is no more than 10 years. You may have changed it already and forgot.:D
     

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