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Learned something about our door locks today

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by fixnfly, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Jan 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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    fixnfly

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    Well, I finally locked my only key in the truck today. Luckily it was in the back yard and the driver's side window was down about 2 inches. I went out to the garage and grabbed a few 1/4" extensions and wiggled them through the opening and pressed down on the unlock switch.. nothing:mad:
    I thought the battery might be dead so I pressed down on the lock side of the switch. It re-locked itself. :confused: So I find a long thin piece of wood and shove it in to press the passenger side switch , nothing again. I'm about ready to use a brick at this point but I end up duct tapeing a piece of coat hanger on the wood and pulled the passenger side door handle open. :D
    As it turns out, the unlock side of the switch only works if there is weight on the driver or passenger seat. Someone needs to be sitting inside for the switch to unlock.

    Moral of the story... GET A SPARE KEY!!
     
  2. Jan 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM
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    chipnoreo

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    Hmmm interesting. I haven't quite figured out how the locks work in these trucks.

    Having an aftermarket auto start installed has further complicated the matte... if the truck is running with the key in and I get out and close my door, it automatically locks. :eek: and then unlocks itself about 5 minutes later....
     
  3. Jan 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM
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    Fightnfire

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    I know if I use my remote to unlock but don't touch the door within 45 seconds or so the they will re-lock.

    I've always thought that was odd.
     
  4. Jan 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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    Pugga

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    What year is your truck? Mine will unlock without my fat ass in the seat :confused:
     
  5. Jan 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM
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  6. Jan 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM
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  7. Jan 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM
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    I did just go try this!

    If you lock it with the remote, whether you are in the seat or not, the electric switch on the driver's door will NOT unlock the doors, just like the OP experienced. The lock switch will re-lock it.

    Must help secure the vehicle, though the manual lock or inside door handle still unlocks it.
     
  8. Jan 27, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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    Has anyone tried locking/unlocking using the key fob outside while the engine is running?

    ie: Park to check the mail at the post office. Leave it running. Lock the truck with the key fob, come back and unlock it to leave.
     
  9. Jan 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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    Mine would not lock when I tried to use my spare key & fob while I was warming up my car the other day. I have a 2012

     
  10. Jan 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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    Oh alright thanks. I have a 2012 also.
     
  11. Jan 27, 2013 at 4:54 PM
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    All modern vehicles should come with a flowchart detailing the microcode inside the various ECU's. I remember the door lock switch on my 2004 Grand Cherokee wouldn't lock it if the door was open and the vehicle was running to prevent you from locking your keys in it. Now I'll have to go test this on the Tacoma...
     
  12. Jan 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM
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    I just tried mine. The unlock will not work without the key being in the on position. It doesn't matter in someone is in the seat or not. Must be a security feature to keep someone from snakeing a wire in and hitting the unlock button.The lock side still works though. You can't lock the doors with the keys in the ignition they just unlock again if you try.
     
  13. Jan 27, 2013 at 7:52 PM
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    looks like you might need the link in my sig.... ;)
     
  14. Jan 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM
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    Another thing I noticed, if you are out of the vehicle and push the lock button on the remote while any doors are open the truck does this high pitched beep sound until the open door is closed. Then it will lock. I have a 2012 with the factory alarm installed.
     
  15. Jan 27, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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    I noticed that too. Two separate occasions, equally as annoying. >_< I was too far away to close the door better in time, but the high pitched beep lasts like at least 5 whole seconds.
     
  16. Jan 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM
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    If you press the unlock button it cancels the loud beep. Mine also does the beep if a does isn't shut all the way.
     
  17. Jan 27, 2013 at 10:33 PM
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    Never thought about pressing the unlock button lol. Thanks for the tip.
     
  18. Jan 28, 2013 at 2:20 AM
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    Oh dang, thanks too! Lol, I thought pressing anymore buttons would restart the beep from the top.
     
  19. Jan 28, 2013 at 3:55 AM
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    That's a good feature, unless your locked out of the truck! LOL. Only thing I wish the locks did was lock and unlock when in and out if gear. Only because I have kids.
     
  20. Jan 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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    Hope this helps,
    if your truck is locked and you push the unlock button and do not open any of the doors it will lock itself again after 45 sec - reason being if you accidently hit the unlock button it will re lock the truck to keep it secure.
    If you close a door and lock the doors, after 45 seconds it will disable the unlock button inside the truck, the lock side will still work, this being if a thief tries to unlock the truck by reaching with a tool the unlock button it is disabled weather or not someone is sitting in the truck, however if you manually unlock the door by sliding the knob, and open the door it will sound the alarm. try it, lock the doors, leave the window open, wait a few min, then reach in with your hand, slide the lever to unlock the door and open the door, your horn should sound.
     
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