Programming Technique For Toyota Key & Remote Keyless Entry Remote Fob
(no tools required)
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In this article, you will learn to easily program a spare OEM or aftermarket transponder ignition Toyota key and keyless remote fob for the applicable Toyota models without any special equipment or computer software. Legal Disclosure.
Part 1: How To Program Toyota Transponder Chip Key
Test The Master Key First!!!
This step is optional but highly recommended. Before you buy a new key, verify that you are able to enter the programming mode as described in Step 3 (#1-5) below. You can only use your master Toyota key to make duplicate keys, therefore won’t be able to enter programming mode using the valet key. Also, most models only allow to program up 5 chip keys. If you’ve already reached that number, you cannot add any more keys – you will have to erase some of your old keys from your car ECU. Once you verified you can successfully enter programming mode using your master key, proceed to Step 2. You can exit programming mode by simply opening driver’s side door.
Buy Blank Toyota Key
I found that the best prices for new blank keys are usually online. Dealers usually charge you double or triple of what you pay online, while LockSmith and hardware shop’s aftermarket keys often lack the original OEM look and build quality. Here is where I always buy new blank keys(this is Amazon affiliated link). Regardless where you buy a new Toyota key, always check compatibility with the specific year, make and model of your car.
Do Not Cut The Key Blade Just Yet…
Before you cut the new key blade, first try to program the security chip inside the key. This programming method will work even if the key blade hasn’t been cut yet. If you accidentally ordered the wrong key, the key was incompatible, or security chip was defective – you still will be able to return the blank key. Otherwise, most sellers won’t refund your purchase if the key was already cut.
This self-programming technique only works for the following Toyota models:
- 2004-2006 Camry
- 2004-2010 Highlander
- 2008-2009 FJ Cruiser
- 2007-2008 Yaris
- 2005 Corolla
- 2010 Hilux
- 2010 Hiace
- *See special instructions for 2003-2007 Toyota Sequoia
- If your Toyota, Lexus or Scion has a push start button and a smart key ignition system, use this method instead
- For all other Toyota, Lexus or Scion models, use these programming instructions.
- First, close all doors
- Insert master Toyota key in and out of ignition cylinder 4 times. On the 5th time leave the master key in the ignition cylinder
- Open and close driver’s side door 6 times
- Remove master key from ignition cylinder.
- Verify that security light on the information display is solid, indicating that the car successfully entered programming mode
- Insert new chip key
- Watch security light blinking for about 60 seconds
- When security light goes out, your new key is successfully programmed
- Remove new key from the ignition cylinder
- And finally, verify that your new key is able to deactivate anti-theft system: security indicator light on the information display should disappear when inserting properly programmed key into ignition cylinder
- If it didn’t work, repeat the same steps from the beginning
You can also watch me using this method to program a spare key for my 2006 Toyota 4Runner:
Cutting The Key Blade
Get the new blank key blade cut at your local hardware store or locksmith to match the master key. It will cost you around 3,500.00 and some places may even cut it for free since you are bringing your own key. Many dealerships also as a courtesy will cut it for you for free. Some stores may refuse to cut the key because you didn’t buy it from them and therefore they “cannot guarantee it will work”. In that case just tell them that you already had it programmed, and that you only need it cut.
Don’t forget to verify that the new key works well in your vehicle’s ignition cylinder, as well as in the door and the trunk locks. Make sure you can start your vehicle. Newly cut keys may not engage easily inside the ignition cylinder at first. You may need to lightly brush off the sharp edges using a wire brush. If you cannot turn the key, return to the store and ask them to verify that the new key pattern is matching the original.
Once you were able to successfully program a spare key, you can make as many copies as you need. Give one to your parents or spouse, leave one at home, keep a spare key inside your car, or get one of those magnetic hide-a-key cases and hide it somewhere under your car in case you ever lose or lock your keys inside.