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it took my dealership 30 minutes to cut my key. They have a laser cutter...I have a broken key hidden on my truck, most of the plastic is gone, and I don't see any transponder chip on it, but it works. What's special about these keys that prevents you from cutting a new one?
No identifying chip I can see in my key. The remote is a separate assembly, I don't keep that with the spare hidden key.
IIRC there is a locksmith around (in the US) who does the ECU reprogramming for much less than that. You may want to do a Search.
He is here in Phoenix Arizona...Locksmith Charlies
The spelling on Charley maybe different but that who you want. Last time I was in his shop it was ~300.00 with new master and spare.
I have posted his name and number on here before
Locksmith Charley's Website - Phoneix Arizona
From his site:
Now if you lose all of your keys or have only a valet key available for only $150.00 I can render your ECM back to its original state ready to accept new transponder keys. This service is available in my shop in Phoenix AZ and mail-in service is available.
If you wish to bring in to my shop or ship your ECM to me, print out the form at http://www.locksmithcharley.com/toyotarelease.doc (Microsoft Word) or
http://www.locksmithcharley.com/toyotarelease.pdf (Adobe Acrobat reader required)
and send the ECM and the completed form to: Locksmith Charley 4024 N. 84th Ln. Phoenix AZ 85037.
The instructions for programming your keys into the flashed ECM may be found in the document at:
http://www.locksmithcharley.com/toyotapostflash.doc (Microsoft Word)
or http://www.locksmithcharley.com/toyotapostflash.pdf (Adobe Acrobat reader required)
The transponder is in the head of the key, that little plastic portion. If you don't believe it, cut a key and don't program it into the ECU. Try and start the truck and see what happens with the anti-theft system.
You've got me on that one. I don't know where the pick-up for the signal is in the truck - I would assume in the steering column. And if the transponder is emitting some signal, does it have a battery in it? Do they die?