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bcomnes

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Hey all, I started here with my FJ80 build but then recently picked up a GX 470 for the fam:




This is mostly going to be an ownership project thread, but I figure the more info collected here, the merrier!

Just getting this thread started because otherwise all the stuff I'm doing just piles up in the notebook.

More updates soon!
 

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First things to fix:

Power mirror actuators. They (sort of) worked when I looked at them, but by the time I go them home, they were not working. Checked the fuse, wasn't the issue, so I ordered new motors. Luckily pretty cheap: $80 on partsorq:

LH 87909-60731
RH 87908-60841

Followed this video and the issue is fixed!"

 

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Thanks for the part numbers. Will be helpful when mine go. Congrats on the new vehicle. I’ve got a 60, this 120 and I’m looking for another or a 100 series. We are in the same club!
 

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Programmed up a couple of new keys.

Best price I could find on the transmitter keys (89070-60801) was $123.82 over at McGeorge parts.

Amazon has OEM Valet keys (89786-60150) for ~$26

I ended up putting the transmitters in @suprarx7nut's YotaMD shells. Super nice upgrade. YotaMD.com - Home

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I did a VIN lookup at the local dealer ~$37, and they cut all the blanks I had for free after that. Very cool. Thanks Stephen wade. Only issue is that their "laser" cut key machine ATE the most expensive blank I had. I kept the transmitter and and they are getting me a new shell though.

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Took a while to find proper instructions for immobilizer programming instructions for an 04 GX 470 (and many posts inaccurately said it wasn't possible... yes of course its possible). I even asked the dealer if it was possible and they said they could do it for $63 per key or some bulls***, and got super weird when I asked if it was really just a series of closing and opening doors. What a grift!

I have read many posts regarding 2003/2004 models require dealer/locksmith programming. I have used these instructions 3 times to delete and add keys to a 2004 LX470 successfully. YMMV.


To delete all keys except the current master key:
  1. Close all doors.
  2. Insert master key in the ignition and remove key. Do this 5 times.
  3. Insert master key in the ignition.
  4. Open and close driver door 7 times. Security light will blink.
  5. Remove master key.


To add master key:
  1. Close all doors.
  2. Insert master key in the ignition and remove key. Do this 4 times.
  3. Insert master key in the ignition.
  4. Open and close driver door 6 times.
  5. Remove master key. Security light will turn solid to indicate the system is in programming mode.
  6. Insert new key. Security light will blink. Wait for about 1 minute until the security light stop blinking.
  7. Remove new key.
Side note, it was unclear how to program a Valet key. The process is exactly the same! The car can tell the difference between master keys and Valet keys and programs them accordingly. The take away is that you can't seem to turn a remote-less valet key into a master key. Fine with me!

Also a couple notes:

- The security light blinks periodically when the immobilizer is activated.
- The security light stops blinking immediately when a programmed master key is inserted into the ignition.
- The security light turns on solid for a few seconds when a valet key is inserted to the ignition.
- When an un-programmed key is inserted to the ignition, the security light continues to blink.

And then remote key programming (the unlock//lock buttons) instructions for an 04 GX 470:

Remote Programming:
1. Begin with the key out of the ignition.
2. OPEN and UNLOCK the DRIVER'S side door. CLOSE all other doors including the trunk.
3. Within 5 seconds INSERT the key into the ignition and PULL it out TWICE.
4. CLOSE then OPEN the DRIVER's side door TWICE.
5. Insert key INTO the ignition then REMOVE it.
6. CLOSE then OPEN the DRIVER's side door TWICE.
7. Insert the key INTO the ignition and LEAVE it in ignition.
8. CLOSE the DRIVER's side door.
9. Switch the ignition to ON then OFF.
10. REMOVE the key from ignition.
11. The door locks will now cycle to confirm the vehicle has successfully entered programming mode.
12. PUSH and HOLD the LOCK and UNLOCK button for 1.5 seconds on the first remote being
programmed. As soon as you let go PUSH the LOCK button and HOLD it for 2 seconds.
13. The door locks will cycle to confirm successful programming of the remote. If you have any
additional remotes to program repeat step 12 if you have no additional remotes proceed to step 14.
14. OPEN the DRIVER'S side door. Programming is now complete.
From: Key Fob Keyless Entry Remote for 2004 Lexus RX 330 with Programming Instructions

Video:


Whole process took about 1H (including research and failed attempts and setting off the panic 3 times). I could do it in 5mins now that I know how. Why dealers and mechanics charge for this, instead of handing you a printout is
 
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Programmed up a couple of new keys.

Best price I could find on the transmitter keys (89070-60801) was $123.82 over at McGeorge parts.

Amazon has OEM Valet keys (89786-60150) for ~$26

I ended up putting the transmitters in @suprarx7nut's YotaMD shells. Super nice upgrade. YotaMD.com - Home

View attachment 2326840

I did a VIN lookup at the local dealer ~$37, and they cut all the blanks I had for free after that. Very cool. Thanks Stephen wade. Only issue is that their "laser" cut key machine ATE the most expensive blank I had. I kept the transmitter and and they are getting me a new shell though.

View attachment 2326842

Took a while to find proper instructions for immobilizer programming instructions for an 04 GX 470, and many posts (inaccurately said it wasn't possible... yes of course its possible).



Side note, it was unclear how to program a Valet key. The process is exactly the same! The car can tell the difference between master keys and Valet keys and programs them accordingly. The take away is that you can't seem to turn a remote-less valet key into a master key. Fine with me!

Also a couple notes:

- The security light blinks periodically when the immobilizer is activated.
- The security light stops blinking immediately when a programmed master key is inserted into the ignition.
- The security light turns on solid for a few seconds when a valet key is inserted to the ignition.
- When an un-programmed key is inserted to the ignition, the security light continues to blink.

And then remote key programming (the unlock//lock buttons) instructions for an 04 GX 470:



From: Key Fob Keyless Entry Remote for 2004 Lexus RX 330 with Programming Instructions

Whole process took about 1H (including research and failed attempts and setting off the panic 3 times). I could do it in 5mins now that I know how. Why dealers and mechanics charge for this, instead of handing you a printout is
Thanks for the shout out! That's a great looking pic for folks to get an idea for what that surface finish looks like. Very nice.

I just went through programming my 06LX keys and had to navigate a combo of Techstream and Simon-says methods. Glad you got yours figured out without too much hassle!

When I went into the dealer to have them cut a pre-assembled YotaMD key with a blank, the parts guy did a quadruple take on the blank key. It was funny to watch his reaction. "You want a key cut. Ok, great, let me see the ke...." awkward pause as he grabs the key and flips it over a few times... "Did you b..... this is.... Did... did we.... uh... hmmm. What is this?"
 

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Ok folks, here is the update you've all been waiting for.






I replaced the shift lock cover that was missing:

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PN 33502-60340 😐
 
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Programmed up a couple of new keys.

Best price I could find on the transmitter keys (89070-60801) was $123.82 over at McGeorge parts.

Amazon has OEM Valet keys (89786-60150) for ~$26

I ended up putting the transmitters in @suprarx7nut's YotaMD shells. Super nice upgrade. YotaMD.com - Home

View attachment 2326840

I did a VIN lookup at the local dealer ~$37, and they cut all the blanks I had for free after that. Very cool. Thanks Stephen wade. Only issue is that their "laser" cut key machine ATE the most expensive blank I had. I kept the transmitter and and they are getting me a new shell though.

View attachment 2326842

Took a while to find proper instructions for immobilizer programming instructions for an 04 GX 470 (and many posts inaccurately said it wasn't possible... yes of course its possible). I even asked the dealer if it was possible and they said they could do it for $63 per key or some bulls***, and got super weird when I asked if it was really just a series of closing and opening doors. What a grift!



Side note, it was unclear how to program a Valet key. The process is exactly the same! The car can tell the difference between master keys and Valet keys and programs them accordingly. The take away is that you can't seem to turn a remote-less valet key into a master key. Fine with me!

Also a couple notes:

- The security light blinks periodically when the immobilizer is activated.
- The security light stops blinking immediately when a programmed master key is inserted into the ignition.
- The security light turns on solid for a few seconds when a valet key is inserted to the ignition.
- When an un-programmed key is inserted to the ignition, the security light continues to blink.

And then remote key programming (the unlock//lock buttons) instructions for an 04 GX 470:



From: Key Fob Keyless Entry Remote for 2004 Lexus RX 330 with Programming Instructions

Video:


Whole process took about 1H (including research and failed attempts and setting off the panic 3 times). I could do it in 5mins now that I know how. Why dealers and mechanics charge for this, instead of handing you a printout is
Thanks again for taking the time to research and explain this. One quick question... Am I totally SOL if my truck only came with a valet key?
 

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Thanks again for taking the time to research and explain this. One quick question... Am I totally SOL if my truck only came with a valet key?

No idea what the solutions are in that case. I do know that while you can copy the cut, there is no way to reset or add new master keys the the immobilizer with a valet key alone. That’s the point of the valet key (your valet can’t make a working copy).
I have seen videos of people doing key additions with some kind of computer program and cable, but you might still need a master key for that. You will have to look around on that one.
 

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Damn so:

The other day, I went through an automatic car wash.

I turned the car off during the wash, and when I got the end to turn back on, my radio stopped working.

Radio tuner worked but I got no volume and when I go to audio settings, fader balance has no ‘state’. It’s like the amp isn’t being found on the bus.

Later as I was driving it came back on an worked fine. For a few weeks.

This week I had factory service done on it at the mechanic. As I’m driving home, I noticed radio is out again. It’s now reliably not working for a few minutes every time I start the car. Weird thing is the amp fan seems to stay on sometimes even when I shut off the car. Is that normal? I did have a battery randomly die on me the other week. Did the mechanic bump a connector when changing the cabin air filter?

Seems like the ML amp is going out. Looks like some places repair this for $400. Anyone have clue what the repair details are?

EDIT:

More good details here:

 
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