I read the instructions. It's just the kind of person I am. Well, more accurately, it's just the kind of person my Dad is. My entire life he has responded to questions regarding the functionality or features of various gadgets and toys with a very simple answer: RTB.
Read the book.
New stereo for Christmas when I was 10? Wanna know how the CD player works?
Just last month while on vacation, Dad and I were fumbling through the pages of the owner's manual for my camera trying to figure out the multi-shot function. Because of course I had the owner's manual with me. In the camera bag. At the pool. For just such an emergency.
It's a mantra. And a useful one.
Right this minute, in a filing cabinet in our guest bedroom is a big fat file containing nearly every instruction manual I have ever owned. Admittedly, many are for devices I no longer own. But I dutifully hang on to them. Every last toaster and mini-disc player and piece of baby equipment. Because you just never know.
So when we bought Jeff's parents' car last month and had a few questions, I knew just what to do. (This isn't Groundhog Day. We actually did this once already. This is Car #2 from the Granny and Pop Used Car Lot.)
The feature in question was the door locks. I know it probably isn't new and fancy to most of you, but the no-key thing is new and fancy to us. And I had a vague idea of how it worked, but I was curious of the details. So you know what I did.
Index. Doors – Side doors. Page 32.
(Feel free to click on any of the images to enlarge them.)
So. Page 32.
Talks about the side doors on "vehicles with key cylinder-type ignition switch". Which I take to mean — these are the instructions for a "regular key" car.
Ok. Moving on to page 33.
Locking and unlocking with smart key system
When you carry the registered key with smart key system into the actuation area, you can lock and unlock the side doors without using the key.
Umm. Yes. I knew that part. How exactly?
For further information of actuation area, see "Smart key system" on page 27 in this Section.
Ok. Page 27.
The smart key system consists mainly of the following functions blah blah blah. It simply lists the things you can do without a key. Engine immobilizer function (whatever that is), Wireless remote control function, Push button start, Entry function and start function… Yes! Entry function! Now we're getting somewhere!
See "ENTRY FUNCTION AND START FUNCTION" described below, you say? Alright sir. Next page.
This is where it gets good.
Page 28. (For those of you keeping track, this will be the fourth page we've had to read trying to figure out how to LOCK the DOORS.)
So page 28.
Finally! ENTRY FUNCTION AND START FUNCTION.
By carrying the key, you can lock and unlock the doors and start the engine. Entry Function – You can lock and unlock the doors and open the trunk without inserting the key in the keyhole.
Sound familiar? Maybe eerily similar to the helpful information on page 33?? But wait!
For further information, see "Side doors" on page 32 in this Section.
And it all comes full circle!
OH. But wait!
See the little picture in the corner?
This guy? I can only assume that THIS is what is supposed to teach me how to lock and unlock the doors. So instead of a simple sentence or two about being within a few feet of the car and hearing a beep? Or maybe an explanation of the little buttons shown on the door handle here? Maybe they could be important in this locking/unlocking process? Not sure. But what I DO know is that the guy with the magic rectangular device in his pocket – the one opening the driver's side door with his RIGHT hand – yep, THAT guy – he's in charge of the locking/unlocking lesson. No need for any explanation of how to know if the car is actually locked. (Which – as you may have guessed - is my compulsive concern.)
So after my faithful RTB-ing, and lots of trial-and-error experimenting walking back and forth to the car, we are about 80% sure the car is locking when we walk away. But whatever. If we have questions, there's always page 32.
Or we can talk to this guy.