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Bent key

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Khaos, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Jan 10, 2009 at 1:11 PM
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    Khaos

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    I was out on a dock earlier this after noon with a friend earlier this afternoon. We had been just chillin and sitting there and when I got to get up my key (kept hangin from my belt) got caught inbetween the planks of wood and bent into somewhat of an L shape. As you can guess this is not good. I was able to bend the key somewhat straight enough so that I could get my truck to start and drive home. Now, do I have to buy a new key (I'm using my 2nd set) or is using the bent key a bad idea. My Dad said that if its bent the metal is weakened and could break off in the ignition, that would really suck.

    Looks like a new key is $40 off of trdparts4u.com, doesn't it need to be programmed or something cause of that chip in the key?
     
  2. Jan 10, 2009 at 1:21 PM
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    When did this happen?......just f'n with ya:D

    You're dad is right. That key could break pretty easily now.....you should replace it.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2009 at 1:25 PM
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    Replace it and just have it as a copy key if you need another spare cut. I've busted off a key in the frozen door lock of my 91 corolla once. Not fun. Thank god it left enough out that I could use a pair of pliers to take it out again.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2009 at 1:26 PM
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    Delmarva

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    Nada, Zip, Zilch, Nothing
    x2... replace it. :D

    you could try ebay for a key blank...
     
  5. Jan 10, 2009 at 2:33 PM
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    i heard about the chip having to be programmed too, maybe you should take it to your closest toyota dealership and ask them just in case
     
  6. Jan 10, 2009 at 2:45 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    you got me thinking now about getting one of those switchblade keys made for my tacoma..haha
     
  7. Jan 10, 2009 at 5:32 PM
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    piercedtiger

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    You can program the new key yourself I think. Google instructions on it, or maybe someone has posted here or TN. (unless I'm thinking of the keyless entry FOB)

    I know the "valet" (gray) key won't program something, but as long as you have the bent key you could hold the plastic part near the ignition to use it's chip still.

    Or, heh, get walmart to copy the secondary key and tape/glue the plastic from the old key to the walmart copy. :D Or you might be able to get by with it in the center console or something.
     
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