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You warned me and I listened (sort of)

Discussion in 'Model S' started by NikeWings, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. NikeWings

    NikeWings Active Member

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    Life long (and admitted chronic problem) with loosing keys, so I tend to leave everything open with the keys inside (house, car, office etc). You guys were gracious enough not to overly-lecture me :rolleyes: and directed my attention to battery life degradation by leaving the fob in the car. Something I was unaware of happening, so I purchased a pack of 2032's to keep ahead of the game. Amazon.com: 2032 Duracell Duralock CR2032 Lithium Batteries 4 Pack: Everything Else

    Today those pretty handles wouldn't open. No need to go into the details you know so well, except that I had left the ahead-of-the-game batteries on the kitchen counter 160 miles away, along with the spare FOB and I was away playing golf hookey in a very remote area of the desert. So WWMD? In the trunk was my dog's glow-in-the-dark collar, which I ripped apart hoping a 2032 lived in there. Nope wrong size. Club House had nothing. But a course worker had a home made drone in his trunk which ran on 4 2032's and some type of rechargeable contraption. I got a battery and he took a spin. Despite my bad habit, I had no warning of weakness, just the dreaded message. :eek: Followed by a bunch of wagging TMC fingers say "I told you so". Moral of the story - everyone should keep spare 2032's in the car.

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  2. Boourns

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    Aren't you supposed to be able to put the key in the cup holder if the battery is dead?
     
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  3. n2mb_racing

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    And somewhere on the outside of the car too?
     
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  4. Boourns

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    For the record, I went back to look at the manual, and it is vague. I wouldn't want anyone to get stuck because I posted something that I thought I remembered but wasn't sure about.

    On page 7 it implies that you can unlock and driver the car if the battery is dead:

    But on page 41 it just says that the cup holder and the center console are where the car can best detect the key:

    So it's possible this means if the key is absolutely dead the car still won't start.
     
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  5. BerTX

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    I assume from that you had no cell data service, so no phone app?
     
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    It doesn't hurt to practice both procedures (unlocking & starting) by removing the battery from your fob and seeing how this works in the relaxing comfort of your garage...
     
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  7. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    Yeah, this. There was someone who tried with a fully dead key, it does nothing.
     
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  8. NikeWings

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    Yeah that.
    I could access the car via the phone app, but unable to start it since it couldn't detect the fob per the screen shot.
     
  9. Boourns

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    I haven't tried it yet, but the new version of the app gives me the option to keyless drive. Hopefully this won't be an issue for people much longer.
     
  10. DJung

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    You don't need the fob if you access the car via Tesla phone app. Just open the app and press the center circle icon right under graphic of your car the with the icon with the keys. You can enter your MyTesla password to start the car, or you can set up fingerprint authentication as well.

    Disclaimer: I would strongly recommend against leaving your fob at home and only relying on mobile access. You would get in a bad situation if either your phone or car has no data connection (such as a parking garage) or if your phone runs out of battery. It's a good backup if you're in a pinch and your fob is either not working or you lost the fob.
     
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  11. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    Gosh, its like shooting fish in a barrel. Besides practicing with the Tesla app a couple of times... Don't have a smartphone or left it inside your locked car? Borrow one. Ask the stranger to download the app, you can login and unlock and start your car. Then ask them to delete the app and you change your Tesla password when you get home.

    How about taking one of those extra fresh 2032's and sliding it into the fob holder so you always have it with you. Please don't say you don't use a fob holder. Okay, how about putting a spare 2032 in your wallet's secret compartment. Maybe we don't need to whine at you to use a fob holder.

    Thanks- this was fun.
     
  12. NikeWings

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    Thanks @DJung and @Boourns I had not downloaded the new app and didn't realize I could start the car from it. Always learning from you guys. (Spare batteries are now in the car anyway.)
     
  13. P85dream

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    Shame, shame, shame:)


    Seriously, I think the phone app is a great backup to the key. You do not need the key at all to start the car with the phone app.


    A few weeks ago I got my car washed. After I saw the waving towel signaling that it was done, I gave they guy the receipt and a tip. However he never pulled the key from his pocket and I assumed it was still in the car where I left it. He was close enough to the driver’s door that the car was on. After driving to another city and eating lunch, I approached my car and the doors didn’t open. Perplexing I thought. I opened the doors with the app and touched the brake. No key in car said the Tesla. After calling to confirm that the car wash had the key, I started the car with the Tesla app and drove back for my key.


    Lessons learned. Check for the key before driving off from the car wash. The app makes a wonderful substitute for the key in most situations.


    Cheers.
     
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  14. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    The previous version of the app (2.3) also could unlock and start the car. Its been that way for more than a year.
     
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  15. NikeWings

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    Ahhh c'mon Akikiki, I dont carry around a key much less be tethered to a phone, but its good to know, thanks. BTW, in looking at the new app, I like the old V and A charging rate better. Its about the only thing I used the app for once the dash display was changed a few months back. I am such a die hard for old habits. Go ahead shoot me again please. :)
     
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  16. Pezpunk

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    honestly it sounds like you need to grow up. adults don't mitigate the minor inconvenience of keeping track of one's belongings by incurring the absurd and frankly stupid risks inherent to leaving your car, home, and office perpetually unlocked.
     
  17. Btrflyl8e

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    I always have my fob in my purse, but I also always have my phone in there. Once I had locked my purse in the frunk at a car event, not thinking to take at least one of those out first...and the fob was not detected. I had to ask a friend to download the app so I could sign in and unlock my car. I could have started it then from the app had I not had my fob (or if it had a dead battery).

    I do keep a few spare batteries in the glove compartment, though!

    @NikeWings , worst case you could have Summoned it all the way home, 40ft at a time while you walked next to it!
     
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  18. henderrj

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    Ouch! That's pretty harsh.
     
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