Lost (GX) key fob away from home DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU

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I consider this an important message to all GX owners (along with any other vehicles with similar keys)
Okay, it finally happened. first time I've ever lost my keys (key fob included).
My wife and I were celebrating our 34 year anniversary along with her birthday at Disneyland all day, had a great day, getting late and ready to go home.
Walk through the massive parking structure to my rig, pull on the door handle... Nothing happens. Pull again, still nothing. WHAT??? (BTY, it was not somebody else's GX I was trying to open, which I know has happened to others, trying to open the wrong vehicle, my rig is very unique)
I check my key ring on my belt loop and sure enough my Lexus GX 460 (I think 460 represents the price of a new key fob) key fob was missing!!! I had my house key on my key ring (small carabiner) but no fob. Called Disneyland security and lost & found... Nothing.
Had to call my daughter and have her drive 40 miles (each way) to get me my extra key fob.

So... Lessons learned:
  • REALLY glad I had the presence of mind to get a second key fob when I purchased my vehicle (it only came with one)
  • REALLY need to have some method of having a second physical key hidden external on the vehicle and a key fob in a Faraday/RFID blocking pouch in the vehicle for after I unlock the door.
  • Or keep a key fob in a Faraday/RFID blocking pouch hidden externally on the vehicle.
I called the Lexus 24 hour help(less) line and they just told me I'd have to tow the vehicle to the nearest Lexus dealer and have a new key made the next day. :flipoff2:

It made me think of what this would cost if it happened while traveling out of town! An extra night's lodging, and who knows which Lexus dealer and how far we'd be if I were to lose a key fob in the middle of nowhere? Then losing a day of vacation/travel and that's assuming it was lost on a weekday! If it was a weekend, then one is looking a several nights lodging. Towing costs, lodging costs, extra meals, it would turn into a real life Griswold Vacation!!
 
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Keep the key fob in a RFID bag (or better yet remove the battery) and place it in the vehicle. The pull the metal key out of that fob and place it hidden externally to you can open the driver door, then get to the spare key fob to start the car.

EDIT: I always try and remember (not very good at it though) to give a fried in the group my spare key whey we go wheeling. That way if I loose my key during the trip, there's a backup close by.

EDIT 2: Another option is the Lexus credit card style key to keep in your wallet.
 
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I can be such an idiot! Brilliant idea to just take the battery out of the key fob!!! Don't even need any tools for our key fobs, just take the physical key and give a little twist inside the key fob and split the case! Easy-peasy! Sometimes, I think I'd just get bitten by what I don't see right in front of me.

I already had a physical key cut just for when my wife and I are surfing so it can go in the water and to hid on the vehicle, but didn't think about the battery removal.
 

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Anyone know if our key fobs can be programed by ourselves or does it have to be done by a dealer?
If so, what's the dance to do it. I know I was able to program my 100 series Landcruiser keys through a series of locks, unlocks, etc, etc, etc. Same with my wife's 2007 Tacoma. I was able to program that myself also.

I know this is a re-post from my previous thread, but I feel this is a very important topic.
 
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Anyone know if our key fobs can be programed by ourselves or does it have to be done by a dealer?
If so, what's the dance to do it. I know I was able to program my 100 series Landcruiser keys through a series of locks, unlocks, etc, etc, etc. Same with my wife's 2007 Tacoma. I was able to program that myself also.

I know this is a re-post from my previous thread, but I feel this is a very important topic.
I'm told (I haven't done it myself) that TechStream can program keys. TS Lite can be had online for free and you'd just need the OBDII cable...a good one from Tactrix is a start. Then you can customize other settings too.
 
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Thanks for the excellent reminder. I'm sorry for the inconvenience you experienced and really appreciate you sharing it with the group. Might save me from a similar fate one day!
 

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I’ve learned my lesson before, came back after a hike and realize my car keys had fallen out of my backpack. Good thing almost all my cars have a hidden key somewhere in one of those magnetic key boxes, except for the Lexus. Although it been so long since I’ve used any of them I probably couldn’t find them anymore unless I dismantle the vehicles. Anytime I go out of town I have my wife carry the spare key. I’ve been meaning to get another spare and do what kj6irm suggested, but the new keys are so expensive I’ve been putting it off for a while
 
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I ordered a spare keyfob with a blank key on Ebay. I was able to program it using techstream. The only quirky thing with techstream is that it is easier to get working with older windows platform.
 

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I'm doing the whole thing myself except cutting the physical keys.
  • Ordered two new key fobs with the physical key
  • Ordered Techstream software and cable
  • Ordered IRFD/Faraday pouch for key fob
  • And two rubber pouches to help protect the cases (already use them and these have worked great)
  • Already have a physical key that I had cut. Not the fob key, but one that looks like a regular key. That will be my hiding key.
When I get all that in, I'm going to do my own key programing for both the new key fobs and have the fob keys cut.
Then I'm going to keep one fob in the vehicle in the IRFD pouch and hid the other key in the front ... Wait!!! I can't tell you where I'll hide it!!! Everything came off Amazon.
Needless to say, the regular key I already cut will be hidden somewhere on the exterior. Hopefully some place I won't forget...
Hopefully someplace I won't forget.
 
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Okay, I now have my backup in case I ever lose my key fob again.
Installed TechStream. I need tech help, the directions are not straight forward, but since tech support is in China. I emailed them around 1600 (4pm) my time, their day is just starting over there. I received an immediate reply within 2 or 3 minutes. Within 5 minutes he was remotely on my machine and finished the installation in about another 5 minutes.
Below is everything I purchased on Amazon and below the pic is the price breakdown.
1931090

Techstream cable and CD software: $60.99
Lexus four button Smart Key, quantity two (2): $80.00 x 2 = $160.00
Cut the physical key fob keys, quantity two (2): $50.00 x 2 = $100.00
RFID/Faraday pouch for key fobs, two (2) pack: $13.97
Black (with red symbols) silicone rubber full key fob covers, quanitity two (2): $9.99 x 2 = $19.98
Total for everything: $354.94
Just to have the dealer do one key: about $450.00
All that's left is to hide a physical key on the exterior somewhere and keep a key fob in one of the Faraday pouches in the car somewhere, and call it DONE!
 
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