Category: Dumb Smart Keys

Issues caused by new key technology and some help.

Stress Can, Will, and Does Put Drivers in Danger

FOB message

In our last post, we discussed the gap in the knowledge of automotive technology in first responders, as represented by a video from the truthaboutcars.com and YouTube. It featured a man pulled over in his Tesla for having a computer mounted on his dashboard. But as we thought more about this, the video painted a …

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GM Vehicles Now Have 17 Differing Back-up Start Pockets

While putting together a review of 2018 push button start models, we discovered that the new GMC Terrain and Acadia had been added, and that this was introduced in the Acadia in 2017. In addition, these two models have hidden key holes, like those used by Chevrolet. But what struck us was that the cars …

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Tesla Dead Key Fob or Mobile Phone Help: Part II, Getting Started

Model 3 start

Starting Your Tesla Model S or Model X First, if you are still locked out, click here. Second, for video help, click here! The start process is the same in these first two models. However, this will take patience, so please stay with it. In general, the key fob needs to be placed in proximity …

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Tesla Dead Key Fob or Cell Phone Help: Part I, Getting In

Model X open

Getting into Your Tesla First, if you are already inside, click here. Second, for video help, click here! Model S There are two back up entry versions for the Model S depending on when it was built. It is unclear where the exact separation is, so try them both. Note that Tesla uses an all …

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U.S. Cars Sold Overseas Leave Drivers in the Dark

Malibu console

Over the last several months we have been contacted by two drivers of U.S. cars sold and likely built overseas who could not find a back-up spot to drop the key fob in the event of the fob’s battery dying. Well, a good deal of sleuthing and a hunch resolved one of these cases. First, …

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