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How do I keep the car on?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by shah007, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. shah007

    shah007 Member

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    When I get out of the Model S with my wife and kid still being inside it and even if I leave the key in the car, the car still turns off. So even the sound system and heater are turned off. Is there a way to leave the car on when I am not in the car?
     
  2. MP3Mike

    MP3Mike Active Member

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    If you have the new 8.0 firmware it should stay on as long as the front passengers seat belt is buckled. Otherwise just tell them to tap on the screen once you get out to turn things back on.
     
  3. shah007

    shah007 Member

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    Thank you. Do I have to leave the key in the car OR can i take it with me?
     
  4. MP3Mike

    MP3Mike Active Member

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    If I recall correctly you can take the key with you.
     
  5. SW2Fiddler

    SW2Fiddler Bannd Member

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    What I do:
    Take the key, or leave the key, step on the brake before closing the driver door.
    See if it works for what you want.
     
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  6. Canuck

    Canuck Well-Known Member

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    I always just leave the keys, ever since I didn't once and my wife opened the door and the alarm (horn honking) went off.
     
  7. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    Another option that I sometimes use in this scenario is to close the driver door just to the first latch, not all the way closed. Hope that makes sense.
     
  8. gavine

    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    You can also put the parking brake on via the touchscreen which leaves the car on.
     
  9. Chopr147

    Chopr147 Active Member

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    That's what I do and it works well. Otherwise touching the screen only gets you 10 more minutes
     
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  10. Maximapolak

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    Put it in camper mode. Put the E-brake on. Put the car in neutral. Leave the key with her and tell her to lock the car from the screen (because if she locks it from the fob, anyone can tap the handles and get in.)
     
  11. EVCarGUy

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    This is the method I use - my mailbox is part of a stack at the end of a rural road. At night, I want to stop, leave the lights on and the right turn signal. Stepping on the brake is perfect. Otherwise, the turn signal stops immediately when I get out, and the head/tail lights time out 30 (45?) seconds later leaving it an unlit hazard on the side of the road.
     

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