How to Program a Transponder Key Without Original Toyota

Program a Transponder Key Without Original Toyota

Key fob is a very essential part of your vehicle’s security and overall comfort. They are used as ignition starter keys and also as remote controls perform tasks like opening the doors and bonnet.

As for Toyota cars, key fobs are armed with transponder that makes it possible to communicate with the car’s system. As a result of usage and time key fobs can start malfunctioning.

Major causes of a malfunctioning key fob includes a dead key fob battery which will need to be replaced. If you have replaced your fob battery you will need to reprogram it.

Learning how to program a transponder key without original Toyota can also be helpful if you lost your original key fob. In this article, you will learn how to program a transponder key for Toyota vehicle.

Toyota remote programming instructions

Note:- This methods does not work on 2003-2007 Toyota Sequoia models. Check your car manuals for help or refer to my last article 2003-2007 Toyota Sequoia programming instructions.

For all other Toyota, Lexus or Scion models, use these programming instructions is has been tested and verified to be working. This method works for vehicles with push start button and smart key ignition system like BMW, Lexus, Scion and Mercedes can use this method as well.
Follow the guide bellow to get started.

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This self-programming technique only works for the following Toyota models:

  • 2004-2006 Camry
  • 2004-2010 Sienna
  • 2004-2008 Solara
  • 2003-2009 4Runner
  • 2004-2010 Highlander
  • 2005-2010 Scion TC
  • 2008-2009 FJ Cruiser
  • 2003-2009 Raw4
  • 2007-2008 Yaris
  • 2005 Matrix
  • 2005 Corolla
  • 2010 Hilux
  • 2005 Kluger
  • 2010 Hiace

How To Program Toyota Key Fob

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.
  • Check the dashboard to see that security light is on
  • Insert new chip key
  • Watch security light blinking for about 60 seconds
  • Wait for about 30 seconds for the security light to go off
  • Turn the key back to “off” position to close programming mode
  • Now you can remove new key from the ignition cylinder

If you have successfully completed this steps then the key fob has also been successfully configured. Now you need to test and verify that the smart is working with your car as expected.

Open the door and walk out of the car, close the door and walk to a distance then press the lock button on the remote control. The car light should flash this is a confirmation that your new key is able to deactivate anti-theft system.

Another thing you should take note of, is that 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.

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Does my Toyota Key have a chip?

Toyota Car Keys 1990 – 1999 have definitely changed throughout the years. Early model Toyota car keys were simple metal bladed keys without a transponder chip.

Most Toyota cars from these years used the TR47 key blade which are still used today in the 2018 models. Other makes and models like Toyota RAV4, Corolla, Camry and Toyota sienna also have key chips.

Can I program a transponder key myself?

You don’t need a professional transponder key programmer to help you program your transponder. You can do this by yourself, as long as you know the right procedure.

The programming process isn’t complicated, but your type of car also determines that. Just follow the guide our professional have provided above and you will be done in no time.

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