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After sitting for a few days my 2018 718 key-less entry does not work: I press the unlock button, and the front and back unlock and nothing happens. I have to remove the emergency key from the fob and open the car manually (primitive eh?). If I unlock it within a few hours of doing this, it works fine. Does anyone else have this problem?
 

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I havent been reading the manual that much but on the old 986 the receiver in the car disconnects after a few days to save battery.
 

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After sitting for a few days my 2018 718 key-less entry does not work: I press the unlock button, and the front and back unlock and nothing happens. I have to remove the emergency key from the fob and open the car manually (primitive eh?). If I unlock it within a few hours of doing this, it works fine. Does anyone else have this problem?
From the online manual:

Operational readiness of Porsche Entry & Drive is switched off after 96 hours for the driver’s door and after 36 hours for the passenger doors if the vehicle is not unlocked within this time.

1. Pull the door handle once to activate the system again.
2. Pull the door handle again to open the door.​
 

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After sitting for a few days my 2018 718 key-less entry does not work: I press the unlock button, and the front and back unlock and nothing happens. I have to remove the emergency key from the fob and open the car manually (primitive eh?). If I unlock it within a few hours of doing this, it works fine. Does anyone else have this problem?
I have the keyless entry but just tend to use the fob anyway. I've never had to use the emergency key & that's even if the car has been left for a few weeks let alone days. Recently due to a minor illness, being too busy & then being away on holiday for the best part of a couple of weeks in the Balearics, mine was left for 5 weeks without even being touched. I'd also forgotten to hook up the battery conditioner but the car opened straight away with no problem at all. ................................................................................................................... I also decided I didn't much like the Porsche dummy fob being left in place all of the time for two reasons. The main reason is (A) In the summer when I'm often not wearing a jacket then I want somewhere to keep my actual fob other than just my jeans pocket. But also (B) You just know some dimwit will mistake the starter fob for an actual key & break in to attempt to steal the car. (Porsche could have done a better job of making it look less like an actual key) I found out it's possible to remove the dummy fob from the dash (that's not even kept in the car anymore) & now I just use my real fob in the regular manner............Should you decide to do the same then don't just try to pull it out. You need to take the small side cover off to the side of the ignition & release the dummy from inside.
 

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The keyless entry not working after an elapsed time period is one thing but you shouldn't need to resort to using the emergency key, the fob should work just fine. The only time I've ever needed to use an emergency key was when my wife retrieved something from the glove box of my old 987 Cayman & inadvertently left the glove box open. This resulted in a constant drain on the battery due to the light being on which flattened it.
 

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The keyless entry not working after an elapsed time period is one thing but you shouldn't need to resort to using the emergency key, the fob should work just fine. The only time I've ever needed to use an emergency key was when my wife retrieved something from the glove box of my old 987 Cayman & inadvertently left the glove box open. This resulted in a constant drain on the battery due to the light being on which flattened it.
On my 987 I have to use the key to open the door if I have used the car in over a week. At that point the remote is no longer recognized until I unlock the door with the key first. I would think there is a similar time period where systems turn off after a while and you would have to use a key to get things started again. I haven't left the 718 for more than a few days so I can't confirm this, so it is just a hunch.
 

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I tried again to unlock the car after two days of non-use, did not unlock. So I tried the trick of pulling twice on the driver door handle and Voila, it worked, I was able to unlock the car. Then, I thoroughly went through my owners manual and there is no mention of this. It does however say to hold the key up against the passenger side of the windshield and press the unlock button. I have not tried this yet. (Oh and I do not have a key-less system my mistake) Thanks again.
 

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I tried again to unlock the car after two days of non-use, did not unlock. So I tried the trick of pulling twice on the driver door handle and Voila, it worked, I was able to unlock the car. Then, I thoroughly went through my owners manual and there is no mention of this. It does however say to hold the key up against the passenger side of the windshield and press the unlock button. I have not tried this yet. (Oh and I do not have a key-less system my mistake) Thanks again.
That still doesn't sound quite right to me. I have had it sit for a couple of weeks easily and never had any issues unlocking the car with the fob. No entry and drive here either. Is your car battery ok?
 

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That still doesn't sound quite right to me. I have had it sit for a couple of weeks easily and never had any issues unlocking the car with the fob. No entry and drive here either. Is your car battery ok?
I have to agree with "trusted" as I've never experienced those difficulties & my cars have often had long periods of none use. Unfortunately I'm exceptionally well placed to make a judgement call on what can be considered normal in this regard. Without going into too much detail that's due to my requiring 16 surgical operations in 22 years & the associated recuperation times which were sometimes very long & rendered me unfit to drive. My current 718/982 is key less entry but my previous 981 was not & on neither car have I on any occasion had to resort to using the emergency key. In recent years I have tended to hook my cars up to a battery conditioner if it's likely to be more than 4 or 5 weeks. However there are still multiple times when I haven't, including the five weeks or so previously mentioned & my 718 simply unlocked with a press on the fob.
 

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On my 987 I have to use the key to open the door if I have used the car in over a week. At that point the remote is no longer recognized until I unlock the door with the key first. I would think there is a similar time period where systems turn off after a while and you would have to use a key to get things started again. I haven't left the 718 for more than a few days so I can't confirm this, so it is just a hunch.
By the way, instead of putting your key in the lock when your 987 has been left for a while, try lifting the door handle & then using the fob. You're correct that to save battery life the car goes into sleep mode but lifting the door handle should awaken it (it did on mine anyway). ;)
 

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By the way, instead of putting your key in the lock when your 987 has been left for a while, try lifting the door handle & then using the fob. You're correct that to save battery life the car goes into sleep mode but lifting the door handle should awaken it (it did on mine anyway). ;)
Interesting about lifting the door handle. I'll try that next time!
 

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I was considering the key and drive (My wife's Skoda has it and it's quite handy). But there have been so many high value "keyless entry" cars stolen in the UK that in the end I decided it wasn't worth the risk for the benefit.
 

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Chilli, Wishing you good health in the coming year. Sounds like you deserve a break and ability to enjoy your car.
 

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Chilli, Wishing you good health in the coming year. Sounds like you deserve a break and ability to enjoy your car.
Thank you very much, but no worries, I'm kind of used to it now. Unfortunately I'm awaiting a date for yet another operation, so the car & myself will be laid up for a little while some time in the new year. But I mentioned it to emphasise the point that my cars have often been laid up & having to resort to using an emergency key isn't the norm rather than to elicit sympathy, but thanks all the same, I very much appreciate the thought. However, no matter how bad things get on any day, they can always get worse, just look at this poor little fella.:)
 

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Thank you very much, but no worries, I'm kind of used to it now. Unfortunately I'm awaiting a date for yet another operation, so the car & myself will be laid up for a little while some time in the new year. But I mentioned it to emphasise the point that my cars have often been laid up & having to resort to using an emergency key isn't the norm rather than to elicit sympathy, but thanks all the same, I very much appreciate the thought. However, no matter how bad things get on any day, they can always get worse, just look at this poor little fella.:)

I hope you will get a speedy recovery!
 
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