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How to program your own SMART key fob

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by bowsniper, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. Jun 25, 2018 at 5:06 PM
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    bowsniper

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    I lost my smart key FOB Turkey hunting (hole in my pocket). My dealer wanted $450 for a new smart key fob. I spent $29 for techstream SW and cable (actually, I already had the techstream) and $129 for an OEM fob.

    FOB: https://www.carandtruckremotes.com/2017-toyota-tacoma-smart-remote.html#jmui=

    Techstream SW: http://blog.obdii365.com/2017/04/05/free-download-toyota-tis-techstream-12-00-127-100-patch/

    Cable: https://www.amazon.com/Yueku-J2534-...28871890&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=Mini+vci&psc=1

    youtube how to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-75s0MyrLFI

    The video shows a Camry, but it is the same for a Tacoma.

    Since losing the FOB was a giant pain in the ass, I even programmed a second FOB. I wired and concealed the mechanical key under the truck (just like the old days). I then removed the battery from the FOB and hid the FOB and battery deep inside the cab. Next time my wife won't have to drive 100 miles to save my sorry ass.
     
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  2. Jun 25, 2018 at 5:17 PM
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    runmc

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    Your a smart man. Spare key FTW
     
  3. Jun 25, 2018 at 5:25 PM
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    VicNic3

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    Thanks for sharing. Like the video explaining it more
     
  4. Jun 25, 2018 at 5:26 PM
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    Is there a (relatively) new member contribution award? I nominate this ^.

    Thanks you Mark.
     
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  5. Jul 31, 2018 at 4:59 PM
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    MrRiceGuyRJ

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    Thanks for sharing the above. I have techstream and the cable from my old Tacoma. Looks like I can update the software and do this from home. :fingerscrossed:
     
  6. Jul 31, 2018 at 6:58 PM
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    FYI you can replace your fob with a credit card style Key also. Same method applies. See my sig for more info.
     
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  7. Jul 31, 2018 at 7:22 PM
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    Very cool. I could have used this last month. I bought a spare (3rd) key gob locally for $260. I stored the tailgate/door key in a hide a key under the truck and have the fob wrapped in foil stashed inside the truck.

    I have not seen your video, but the locksmith mentioned he kept all 3 fobs on my system. Do you know how many keys the system will allow you to have?
     
  8. Jul 31, 2018 at 7:25 PM
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    You can have 5 programmed on the truck
     
  9. Jul 31, 2018 at 7:35 PM
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    Do you have a linky for the credit card key??
     
  10. Jul 31, 2018 at 7:38 PM
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  11. Jul 31, 2018 at 8:41 PM
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    What was your total cost for that in the end? Also I can’t remember but did you do the programming or someone local do it?
     
  12. Jul 31, 2018 at 9:49 PM
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    I added a third key fob today. Bought an NEW key fob with uncut key insert for $109 shipped on eBay and Software for $67 on Amazon. Added the new key fob with no issues. Now I just have to get the key cut and it will be complete. Going to hit up a local locksmith to cut it - hopefully I don't get charged through the nose...I heard they call these type of keys LASER CUT and charge up to $50 sometimes to cut them!
     
  13. Aug 1, 2018 at 4:54 AM
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    The key was around $200. I paid a locksmith $80 to program (I don’t have a PC otherwise I would have tried myself). The emergency key inside was somewhere around $30 and $20 to cut. I know where I went was pricey, but it took a few times to find someone local who would even do it. So figure if you have someone else do it all, your in around $330. I’ve been thinking about picking up a cheap old windows laptop so I can do it myself like OP of this thread.
     
  14. Aug 1, 2018 at 7:38 PM
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    Is the Techstream SW software compatible with windows 10 64 bit?
     
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    Hopefully Toyota has no way of telling this software was linked to the vehicle and void the warranty
     
  17. Dec 10, 2018 at 2:19 PM
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    I used it to program a 18’ Tacoma Smart Key. Works great. I had it programmed and tested in less than 10 min. I ordered the new oem fob off eBay for $99.
     
  18. Dec 19, 2018 at 11:09 AM
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    I have a dumb question, I can't find the answer anywhere. What is the key inside the fob for? Is there an actual ignition cylinder in the dash somewhere, or is that just for the tailgate?
     
  19. Dec 19, 2018 at 11:23 AM
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    To get you in the driver door if the fob battery dies, etc.
    You can then put the fob up to the push to start switch and it will start even with a dead fob battery, by rfid system.
     
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  20. Dec 19, 2018 at 12:38 PM
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    Awesome, thank you. The manual buried it (maybe, haven't found it yet), the sales guy never mentioned it, and I didn't think to ask until just now.
     
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