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Old 01-22-2011, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Electronic Key programming

I recently bough a smart key off ebay for a Toyota Camry Hybrid. I guess I have to take it to the dealer for re-programming it for my Camry, correct?
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Old 01-22-2011, 03:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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so they say. costs vary from $40 to $50+. it's said to be 15 min job.

actually, you do not reprogram your key. you reprogram your ECU to recognize the key.

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Old 01-25-2011, 04:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I took the key to a Toyota Dealer in Mississauga, ON Canada and they say that despite the key belonging to a 07 TCH cannot be reprogrammed for my 08 TCH. They did try it for a while before giving up. Fortunately they did not charge me anything for their effort.

Really do not know what I should do with this key now. It cost me $50 to buy it on Ebay.
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eBay keys are not going to work. You're pretty much gonna have to order it from the dealer and have them program it for you. You're probably gonna be looking to spend $250-350 in all for key and programming.
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Used key reprogramming

I tried the route of buying a used EBay key and having the dealer reprogram it. At first they told me they had tried the procedure before and it wouldn't work.

I asked the technician to perform a lost-key reprogramming where they reset the car to recognize all keys rather than just loading a new key. He said they had never tried it before but would give it a go. Lo and behold it worked and they were extremely surprised because they were unaware of this procedure in their service manual (but obviously found it).

So, when you talk to your dealer make sure they understand that the lost key procedure must be used. It worked with both of the used spares that I got.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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rsteinbr,

How much did they charge for it?

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Originally they were going to charge me for a 30 minute service operation. When they realized it was a lost-key reprogramming they said they would charge for one hour. This dealer charges $90/hour but each dealer is free to set their rates so call around to get the best price. I purchased two spares because my used car came with only one key and I didn't want to go do this again in the event I lose one in the future.

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I tried the route of buying a used EBay key and having the dealer reprogram it. At first they told me they had tried the procedure before and it wouldn't work.

I asked the technician to perform a lost-key reprogramming where they reset the car to recognize all keys rather than just loading a new key. He said they had never tried it before but would give it a go. Lo and behold it worked and they were extremely surprised because they were unaware of this procedure in their service manual (but obviously found it).

So, when you talk to your dealer make sure they understand that the lost key procedure must be used. It worked with both of the used spares that I got.
Does the lost key program mean that anyones fob will now work for your car??? It sounds like it.....I doubt it, but do you know for sure?
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well, it is yes and no.
only the same model fob will work. not every fob.
the same model fob will work only if your car ECU learns it and acknowledges is, so to speak.
anywhere you park in larger parking lots, there's at least several about same year camries. manufacturers are very particular about fobs from car A not to work on car B. hence, they came up with rolling codes. so, a fob has to be mated with a car to work.

while we on fobs topic.

if you stepped on your fob or case cracked, etc - don't run to dealer to fork 200 greenbacks to buy a new fob. replacement cases are available for around $35 internet, and apparently the old fob innards can be simply transfered into a new case and it's all nice and dandy now.
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well, it is yes and no.
only the same model fob will work. not every fob.
the same model fob will work only if your car ECU learns it and acknowledges is, so to speak.
anywhere you park in larger parking lots, there's at least several about same year camries. manufacturers are very particular about fobs from car A not to work on car B. hence, they came up with rolling codes. so, a fob has to be mated with a car to work.

while we on fobs topic.

if you stepped on your fob or case cracked, etc - don't run to dealer to fork 200 greenbacks to buy a new fob. replacement cases are available for around $35 internet, and apparently the old fob innards can be simply transfered into a new case and it's all nice and dandy now.
Thank you for your response....and nice to know about the replacement cases...
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My ebay keyless remote worked

Found a guy on Finch/Weston in Toronto who programmed 1 used keyless remote.

He erased the registered keys from the car computer and then added the original and the 1 used key.

I had bought the used key from ebay given the identical FCC numbers at the back of the key. The key did not necessarily belong to the year of my Camry i.e. 2008. Took the key to a dealer who said they cannot do it. Other Toyota stealers also said the same.

But the guy (a convenience store owner with a diagnostic kit and a laptop) in Toronto did it. He charged me $80 and took an hour.

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