How to Program a Tesla Key Card

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Tesla key card is an excellent gadget that helps you unlock and lock your car in a snap. This is a great feature that comes standard in every Tesla vehicle. However, sometimes your key card may stop working for various reasons. To ensure that you have a smooth driving experience, it is important to understand the problems and their fixes. In this article, we will take a deep dive into the functioning of a Tesla key card and suggest some simple fixes.

Key cards are designed as a backup method to phone keys and key fobs for locking and driving your car. They are durable, waterproof, require no batteries, cheap to replace (only $35 for two vs $300 for a regular key fob), and easy to revoke access in the event of loss or theft.

The key card consists of three components: the outer casing, copper wiring, and RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip. These work together to enable communication between the key card and your vehicle. Even though they are encased, they can still be subject to interference from other cards and metal objects.

To activate a new key card, first make sure that it is clean and free of any dirt or other debris. Next, place the key card in the exterior reader area and wait for a few seconds. Once the key card is authenticated, it will appear in your car’s key list on the touchscreen monitor. You can then select the key and set a name for it.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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