Disabling key fob

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Post by Nervous new owner » Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:53 pm

I heard today about how you can deactivate the key fob overnight on a Toyota to prevent the key from sending a signal to the car. It is apparently a way to help prevent car theft. I wondered if anyone knows if this is a thing we can do with our skodas.
I also heard that those Faraday pouches only last a few months before they wear out. Something to be aware of. Also, do people use a steering wheel lock? We used one on a Mercedes a few years ago and it still got stolen, so I've always been a bit ambivalent about them.

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Post by CJJE » Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:06 pm

For Karoqs built in the last couple of years, the KESSY keyfob 'goes to sleep' when it has not been moved for 5 to 15 minutes (the reported time varies). So once you have placed it on a hook or in a drawer, the signal will turn off after a short period and can no longer be detected by any would-be thief.

You can always test a faraday pouch by trying to open the car with the key still inside its pouch.

You can also disable the KESSY feature when you lock the car by pressing the 'lock' button on the key, and quickly touching the 'lock'dimple on the car handle - details given in the owner's manual.

Sales of steering wheel locks have taken off again in recent years due to the advent of keyless locking systems, and the best ones seem effective (see tests in AutoExpress etc) but I feel they are bulky to store and inconvenient to use. I am happy to rely on the auto-sleep feature in the KESSY key, and the ability to disable the KESSY system in the car when parking it overnight in suspect areas.


PS: For older Karoqs, I think you may be able to buy one of the new keys from a dealer... at a price!
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Post by mic44 » Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:03 pm

I tested my 71 edition kessy by putting fob on roof and opening door , close door and lock by handle , left for 10 minutes tried door still closed , moved fob door back to opening .

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