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"G" key replacement, programming / key fob...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by IronPeak, May 4, 2016.

  1. May 4, 2016 at 2:46 AM
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    IronPeak

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    So I lost a set of my keys to my 2015 taco. I know how this goes, not wanting to lose my second set and be sh@t out of luck, I got some new keys. There are lots of threads on TW for the "dot" stamped key ( open door, insert key 3x close door blah blah , etc ) but the new keys are "G" stamped, and none of the instructions apply..

    so my question is can I get one of these?, ( an ODB plugin that programs keys) the previous model for the "dot" keys works and has been mentioned on here, or does a cheapo techstream OBD work for this?

    http://www.amazon.com/Toyota-Vehicl...id=1462353080&sr=8-2&keywords=Toyota+keymaker

    Anyone with experience? The dealer wanted 150$for each key/fob set, and another 140$ to program, whether it's just a key or key + fob, and he said "I'll do you a favor" and just charge you once to program both new sets.. uh that's 440$, and charging 4x retail for keys is not a favor, so that's not happening...

    So i went on Amazon bought 2 authentic toyota G keys for 20$ or so at the time (if one doesn't work I'll return the other one) I think toyotas can only have 2 sets of keys, if that is the case I guess I'll just hold on to the extra set and cut and program when I lose the next set......

    http://www.amazon.com/Toyota-Master...&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00

    Also a 2 pack of off brand fobs, for 30$.. not really needed, as I could just use the key, but heck they were cheap and maybe they will work..

    http://www.amazon.com/KeylessOption...&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00

    Dealer price =280$ plus tax, my price 70$, 230$ savings, if they all work that is....

    To just cut /program my dealer says 140$, a local private locksmith says 180$ ( he laughed when i said i thought only the dealership can program the new model chipkey) but I think I can bargain him down to beat the dealership price. But if I can make the gizmo above work, it's the price of the keys being cut at the hardware store, plus the device at 40$.. then we can mail the OBD key programmer OBD thingy around to TW members as needed, like they do with the SWR meter in the ham thread...

    Also , don't want to fud up my ECU or whatever and need a tow because my original key no longer works..

    Anyone with experience cooking up post 2012 "G" keys? Any advice?
     
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  2. May 4, 2016 at 11:14 AM
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    I feel as though somewhere in my techstream software i could program keys.... the cost for that was an OBD to usb techstream cable (25 bucks) and some searching around on the internet for the techstream software and uh.... how to make it work.

    If i get some time tonight ill plug my laptop in and see what i can find.
     
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  3. May 4, 2016 at 11:57 AM
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    Unfortunately I think you're going to have more issues than you think.

    Programming/cloning transponder chips has become infinitely more difficult than it used to be. (you used to be able to do it in the vehicle).

    Most of the time they require a special machine like the one pictured, and even at that, the new "G" chips are not cloneable. Combine that with the fact that the trucks computer 'limits' the number of keys allowed to be programmed, and you're likely going to end up at the dealership with a much lighter wallet.

    Not to be a negative nancy, just worked ALOT with Toyota's stupid "G" and "H" chips enough to be fed up. Best of luck!
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  4. May 4, 2016 at 12:24 PM
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    I have programed the key chips (immobilizer) a few times with my $25 tech stream software. Very easy to do. The 2015 Taco requires a G chip. I also programmed the fobs on the gen 7 Camry's that I have owned with the tech stream. You do not need anything special to program the fob on your 2015 Taco, just the instructions.
     
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  5. May 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM
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    well that's good to know then! ^^
     
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    Great, I was wanting to buy an OBD plug in unit anyway, so where do I find these key programming instructions?
     
  7. May 4, 2016 at 2:08 PM
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    Where does one get these instructions you speak of? Are they in the techstream docs?
     
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    Any luck? Some of the answers I got so far didn't apply to the key itself, any info would be helpful, thx auggie
     
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    sorry man didnt have a chance tonight, and wont tomorrow, friday evening will be the soonest i will have the time.
     
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    As I said in my previous post, I have programmed several keys (immobilizer chip) with my techstream. Very easy to do.
     
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    I need to do the same thing and will likely buy the USB to OBDII tool. Do these cable assemblies typically come with the Techstream software? Such as with http://amzn.com/B00W97K7O6
    Or is there a better source elsewhere?
     
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    The reviews say it works, but you need a laptop with a slide out cd tray as its a mini disk ? Is this accurate or is the software online? and win xp or win 7 or 8 32bit machine
     
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    The techstream that you buy online does require a cd drive. However I don't remember where I found it but I did a search and found the software on line and upgraded the software that I have had for several years. It worked just fine. Some folks have had some issues running the software on later than XP computers but others have been successful on newer computers.
     
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    Luckily, I keep an old XP laptop lying around...with a CD tray. Thanks for the advice. I suppose it would just be easier to not lose my keys in the first place. I wonder if anyone makes a device that can sniff out RFID embedded devices. Actually, I think thieves have them ;) .
     
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    Was my next question- to see if anyone had link to software, Amazon deletes links from reviews...I ordered the device and if anyone if watching this thread but not joining in I'll let everyone know how it goes
     
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    You can make additional keys easily with the tech stream if you have the one master key...its when you lose that you have to bite the bullet and pay the dealer. I found that out the hard way when I bought my other Tacoma and all they gave me was a valet key.
     
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    Hmmm, how do I tell if the one functioning key that I have is the master key? I thought thy did away with valet keys. I believe however that perhaps one of the two keys that come with a new truck is the master key, not both....
     
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