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New instructions for "key not detected"

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by andrewket, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. andrewket

    andrewket 2016 Founders XP90D AP1, 2016 SP100D AP2

    Dec 20, 2012
    I found this on Tesla's website just now. I hadn't seen it before, or discussed here; specifically, the "pump the brake pedal" portion.

    Roadside assistance & tech support | Tesla Motors

    Recognizing the key
    If Model S does not detect its key within the cabin, hold the brake pedal down and place the key directly below the 12 volt accessory power outlet. If the key is not detected within a minute, pump the brake pedal several times. If the issue persists, contact us.

  2. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    Tapping (or pumping, I guess) the brake causes the car to "turn on" so it likely looks for the key whenever you hit the pedal. I guess they suggest doing it a few times so that the car looks for the key a few times too.

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