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2013 Tesla Model S: Bluetooth Inoperative

March 21, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

This weekend, our long-term Tesla Model S gave me the equivalent of the "blue screen of death" (Bluetooth screen of death?).

All day Friday and Saturday it was working as it should. Saturday night, it decided to stop. Sure, it's not the end of the world, since I rarely get or take actual phone calls and satellite radio is a decent backup to streaming audio. But really, it's times like these that I wish there were a Control-Alt-Delete for the main touchscreen.

Then there was that voice in my head that said, "hey dummy, maybe there is!"

One Google search later and I found the reset procedure for the center screen. All I had to do was hold down the scroll wheel buttons on the steering wheel for a few seconds and the system reboots. After it restarted, the Bluetooth was once again able to initialize. Score!

For some reason, I still couldn't connect to my phone, so I deleted the pairing and went through the process again. It worked like a charm. All is well once again in Tesla land.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 1,641 miles

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By fordson1
on 03/21/13
7:54 AM PST

This car is going to make MyFordTouch v.1.0 look as simple and reliable as a claw hammer. I see that they have managed to put some actual miles on it, however. Maybe it has a GPS-based odometer that registers even when it's being flatbedded.

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