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Model S Owner's Manual

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Todd Burch, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. strider

    strider Active Member

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    This is how my Corvette worked and I loved the feature. Never had to pull the fob out of my pocket. Looking forward to this w/ the Tech Package.
     
  2. jkirkebo

    jkirkebo Model S P85+ VIN 14420 EU

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    The auto-lock will only work for us if it senses passengers too. If I stop outside a shop and go inside with my wife still in the car, I do not want her locked in...
     
  3. GSP

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    Compared to our Corvettes, the Model S adds automatically "starting" and automatically turning off the car to the widely available auto lock and unlock. The first 'Vette we had with auto lock/unlock was a 1987, and it still needed development. If you stood next to your car to talk to someone, the car would keep locking any unlocking continuously. Fortunately you could disable the feature.

    I usually lock my wife in, for her safety. She can still exit by just unlocking the door first.

    GSP
     
  4. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    There's also a few spelling mistakes, but overall it's well out together IMO.


    You sure? ;)
     
  5. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    If you find mistakes, go ahead and e-mail your rep at Tesla. They can pass along the corrections to the correct team.
     
  6. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    No; you do NOT want to use the "Jack" mode for anything other than jacking and transporting. To get over ramps, steep driveways, etc., just set the active air suspension to Very High. You still want the car to be able to dynamically level itself, though, so don't use Jack.
     
  7. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    In what other car would you see this statement? :)

    By the way: Did anyone notice how Tesla's always using the term "Frunk", but they seem to shy away from using it in the Owner's Guide.
     
  8. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    I enjoyed the Two Door Cinema Club icon in the dash example on page 4 -- "Something Good Can Work" is the relatively famous song from that album.
    I still don't understand why lowering the car helps with loading/unloading passengers.

    A feature request: separate "favorites" lists (songs, browser history/favorites) based on which key fob is active.
    Good to know.
    Good to know.
     
  9. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Quoting for context, not to disagree.

    The language is repeated that 4.5mph will cancel "JACK" mode, further reinforcing that it's not intended to driven in that mode.

    I didn't catch any language in the ms_owners_guide.pdf relating to what speed deactivates "VERY HIGH".

    - - - Updated - - -

    I think of it in the following light.

    If you have a roadster, you might want to raise the vehicle to load/unload passengers.
    If you have a pickup truck, you might want to lower the vehicle to load/unload passengers.

    At highway speeds, the Model S is lowered. At low speeds, the Model S is raised to improve clearing on poorly maintained and/or uneven roads.

    If you "paused time" on the freeway to load passengers, it would be more like a roadster -- raising desired.
    Under normal conditions, you'll pick up passengers after having rolled to a stop from low speeds, it's more like a pickup truck -- lowering desired.
     
  10. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    But it literally said that it lowers to load and unload passengers. Right after saying it lowers for highway speeds.

    Maybe it is only to some 'optimal' height.
     
  11. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Maybe I'm just getting old, but I think I'd prefer my car to be higher ​to get out, not lower.
     
  12. mulder1231

    mulder1231 Active Member

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    But what if you have a driveway that's sloped up 10-15 degrees, like I do? If I back out of my driveway and it's trying to self level, the front of the car will be low and the back high. Exactly what I don't want, because when I back into the street, the nose would hit the driveway pavement.

    I don't think I quite understand how self leveling works...
     
  13. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    Do you think front and back suspension will set to different heights? I don't think so. That'd be wierd IMO.

    Agree with previous posters about the strangeness of "lowering the car for loading/unloading passengers". This should be user configurable. Also, if it's safe to go faster than 4.5 mph with suspension at Very high I'd like to be able to (for winter and deep snow, going over high snow banks etc).
     
  14. Doug_G

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    I think the "leveling" is to make sure the wheels are all the same distance from the body. So if you put 500 pounds in the trunk it will restore the original suspension position.
     
  15. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    As I understand it, the Jack mode basically locks the suspension down. Useful for jacking/towing, but for driving? Imagine replacing your shock absorbers with bricks.

    What you want to do, @mulder1231, is get the car as high as possible, so put the suspension into "very high" mode. Activating "Jack" mode doesn't raise it any higher.
     
  16. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    That is my understanding as well. The suspension won't care about the angle of the car or you'd have a problem on every mountain road.
     
  17. Tempus

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    no, that seems right to me - my wife (physical therapist) was more excited by the possibility to raise the car to make it easier to get in or out than anything else about it. (which, btw - made the air suspension an easy sell for her)
     
  18. mulder1231

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    #38 mulder1231, Sep 23, 2012
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    Thanks for explaining, Doug and jerry33, I had this weird idea in my head about the Model S self level doing the same thing as my auto leveling laser kit that I use for installing kitchen cabinets.

    Thanks Roberts, makes sense.

    Don't know what I was thinking... :biggrin:
     
  19. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    It's the same one as was posted yesterday, written by Lis Frasier, last modified on 8/21/12.
     

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