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Anyone else's key fob show signs of cracking around the [un]lock button on the "roof" ?

mine shows cracking and the is a ~45 degree segment that looks like its cracked all the way through. I've had the car just over 3 months, and I'm concerned that as the cracking is progressing this fob can't last long :(

Yes. it has cracked in a circle on the roof unlock button. It seems weird, because I never press this button, and I only keep the fob in that pocket -nothing else. it is on a keychain with other keys, so I'm assuming the other keys wore through it. I think I'll mention it next time I go in for service. Lots of little things like this that are annoying, but I think the hope of little improvements with software updates kind of balances these things out in my overall experience rating.

I had a slightly different problem, the button fell off so I glued it back on. Worked fine, but when I took the car in for some service work I let them know and they replaced the key. Seems like they need to replace both at the same time, so bring both keys in.

Yeah, I can see the circle as well.

My center circle fell off. I have it scotch taped until I get to the service center.

curious if you have auto present door handle set, or do you push the fob all the time to unlock/lock?

The center button is starting to show around the edges and will likely wear through the plastic covering soon. No worries. My kids will probably enjoy fixing it with some decorative duck tape.

Received my car December 18, 2012 ... I also am experiencing the center circle on top getting ready to work its way through. I do have my auto present door handle set however when it doesn't recognize the fob I obviously push it to open the doors or when I'm showing off the doorhandles use the fob once again. Next time I go in for service I'll bring it up ...

For some strange reason my wife's fob looks perfectly new .... Oh yeah! she doesn't drive it

OK, my turn to praise Tesla for outstanding customer service! I posted my concern at, uhm, maybe 6:15 pm tonight (Friday), and within 4 hours they had looked me up, called, and let me know they are arranging for a new fob to be delivered to my dealer. This on a Friday night, their initiative! Thanks and WAY TO GO Tesla!!

Yes, same issue here. Packing tape to keep the button in place. Will mention to service center.

I used black electrical tape on one of my two keys - which blends well with the black key color - and covers the key from front hood to back hood - at least until I take my car in for the next service visit - and exchange the keys.

Yes, mine is starting to show that, and they said if I bring both keys to the service center they will replace them free.

service center replaced both of my keys because one had cracked at my last visit. Great service!

They replaced mine, too. Just bring both of the ones you got initially to a service center, and I think they can do it right there for you.
I'm not sure, but the new one feels like it has a little thicker plastic cover over the button.

Since I didn't get the tech package, I have to use the FOB, but I only ever use it to lock the car. To open it, I just press the handle. But even like that, it lasted only 6 months. I think ultimately the cheapest solution for Tesla might be to just enable auto-lock for all cars... :^) That way, the FOBs might last forever.

Happend to me and others. Tesla has replacement covers and takes only a min or so at the
service center to replace

I've had my Model S since late January - with the Tech package - and haven't used the FOB very much - and still the roof button cracked.

Hopefully they're using a different material for the FOBs now - that will last longer.

If they have replacement covers - wonder if they could order colors that actually matched our cars (instead of black for everyone)...

@bp +1
I have auto present but one key has had this problem. Stuck it back on with GOOP

The cover portion of mine fell off both of my key fobs (TM said they will replace both). BTW I accidentally ran one of mine through a wash and dry cycle and it still worked!

My top circle came off already and my wife's isn't long for this world either. Sigh.

My fob in that same area has cracked - still works. At my one year service (December), I will tell my service center to evaluate.

+1 bp :)

When I took my car in for yearly maintenance, I gave them both my fobs in case they would replace them. Both fobs had the circular crack. They did replace the fobs, but mentioned that they only did this for me because of my distance to the service center. Usually they only replace them when the plastic falls off, but didn't want me to have to drive the distance to have them replaced later.

Duct tape to the rescue! As usual.

The key fobs are really a piece of crap!

Same with a crack. tape is holding it together for now.

I've had my car since February, have the car with auto-present handles and walk-away locking on, and keep the key by itself usually in the fifth pocket in my pants. I've recently noticed a ring at the top of the fob become visible, and a couple of days ago, the circular cap came off. For now, I superglued it back on (a few very small drops on the orange ring), but I'll mention it when I bring the car in to get the winter tires put on.

the rear trunk came off long ago. Sort of like it better that way because I don't open the frunk by accident so much

The circular cover came off the roof of my fobs; the other was showing wear. The Road Ranger replaced both with new versions of the fob. You do need both fobs to do the replacement. The new one has grooves on the top along both sides of the car.

"Roof" came off of fob. Calvin at Burlingame noticed it, preemptively asked if he could fix it for me - sure! Johnny mentioned that they were coming out with better fobs at some point in the future. Another good service experience!
Oh, and the detailer at Burlingame was able to get some sap off front right quarter panel - like new.
:-) :-)

Not sure why all the drama by so many of as Chicago Service Center replaced both mine no questions asked. So just make arrangements to have them replaced at local service center. Only catch was they needed both of the actual fob's to recreate the replacements.

Had mine replaced, it wasn't operating properly all the time. The service center gave me a new fob, no problem. Showed me how the old one was starting to separate along the top. Easy fix.

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