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Had I known a while ago what I know now, I would have preempted this by tossing out the old key a long time ago. I.e. Getting stranded out in the Mojave in triple digits with 2 kids cuz of a worn out key, that would really blow. Keep that sucker on yer keychain.Thank you for posting picture of key, is big change! Would like to know address of Land a Cruiser so I can come visit after seeing comrade locksmith.
All joking aside, I bought my truck from the original owner, got two sets of keys with it, one was worn like that (maybe even worse) one had never been used and still had cut marks on it. Also came with two alarm remotes; one looked brand new, the other heavily used. I now keep a copy of the like-new key right next to the old one on my keychain. At the point it stops starting the truck, I'll switch to that one.
No kidding! I have not been to the dealership for service in years but this will be worth it. Thanx!Guys for <$20 Toyota will cut you a new key all you gotta do is bring in your VIN and either title or registration in your name to prove it's yours. They will cut it from the vehicle records on their system and it's not a copy!
On my truck my tailgate and drives + passenger doors would not open with my key(s) and ignition was a tad difficult.
Since I always use the key-less remote, I thought no big deal and also thought my ignition cylinder probably needs replacement.
Then I read here on mud about cutting a new (not copy) key from Toyota. What a difference all my doors work with the key and in the end my ignition cylinder did not need replacement it just needed an unworn key!
I got 2 copies made at my local Toyota dealership for less than $30 (With our local Mud discount) it took 1 hour and I could not recommend this more than any other PM you can do to your truck in bang for the buck sense!
They even gave me the option Toyota branded Key IIRC bout $25 each or same key no Toyota Brand Bout $15..
I'm a cheap ass so I got the generic.. Got 2 copies and tossed all the old keys in the trash!
Using the vehicles VIN a Toyota dealer will cut the exact key profile, the same as the original, no copying or guesswork involved.