Transponder programming for late model vehicles is not always easy. Programming information has usually not been made available on some of the newer models. This problem is not specific to locksmiths as vehicle manufacturers also have delays with not only information, but parts as well. Locksmith...
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Transponder programming for late model vehicles is not always easy. Programming information has usually not been made available on some of the newer models. This problem is not specific to locksmiths as vehicle manufacturers also have delays with not only information, but parts as well. Locksmith Ledger tries to find out about new vehicles, keys, key codes, tumbler positions and programming information usually before the vehicle has been released. Sometimes we are able to garner the information right away and sometimes locks have to be purchased in order to find out specifics.
I was given the opportunity to program a 2007 Toyota RAV4, a compact SUV that is available with or without the transponder-based engine immobilizer anti-theft system. The shape of the remote key can be used as an identifier. The new RAV4 is equipped with three locks: ignition lock, driver's door lock and glove compartment lock.
This 2007 RAV4 came with two master remote head (black) keys and one sub (gray) key. According the owner's manual, the sub key will not work in the glove box. The blade of the sub key comes with the tip pre-cut (unlike the illustration). This method of same keyway master/valet has been used by Toyota on a number of models over the years.
To program the vehicle, I used the STRATTEC Code Seeker multi-vehicle transponder programming tool. The Code Seeker uses the ADC 110 cable to connect to the OBD II port facing rearward under the left side of the knee bolster.
Since the vehicle owner had keys available, I used one of the master keys to determine which Toyota immobilizer system is used. With a Type One System, an aftermarket Toyota transponder-equipped key can be used to operate the vehicle. For example, the STRATTEC 692062 key blank can be used to program Toyota vehicles equipped with the Type One System.
For vehicles equipped with the Toyota Type Two System, only Toyota keys with the factory only chip can be programmed. This will probably change over time. In this case, the Toyota Sub Keys having part number 89786-60170 can be programmed to the 2007 Toyota RAV4. Part numbers have been known to change over time. If so, the dealership can determine the updated part number from an older part number.
Note: To determine whether the vehicle is equipped with the Type One or Type Two System, a programmer such as the Code Seeker must be connected and the ignition must be turned to On.
If no owner's keys are available, the Code Seeker User's Manual recommends originating a mechanical key in order to turn the ignition lock to the On position. A STRATTEC part number 692063 Toyota key blank can be used.
The 2007 Toyota RAV4 uses the 10001-15000 code series. The ignition lock has wafer tumblers in spaces one through ten. The driver's door lock has wafer tumblers in spaces three through ten. The glove compartment has wafer tumblers in spaces seven through ten.
To determine the system, I connected the Code Seeker to the OBD II port. I entered the password and made the vehicle selection of Toyota . I chose the immobilizer option and pressed enter. I selected Type One, only to have the communication eventually fail. I repeated the steps and selected Type Two and the screen displayed turn ignition On. The Code Seeker displayed ECU identification Toyota/Lexus Type 2. Note: Since the key used was not a registered (programmed) transponder-equipped key, the Security LED on the dashboard continued to flash.
Since this 2007 Toyota RAV4 uses the Type Two System, it requires Toyota key blanks with the factory transponder chip. The Toyota Sub key part number 89786-60170 has a list price of $42.81. The list price can be different. Contact your local Toyota dealership for their price and possible locksmith discount.
Available to the North America market is four multi-vehicle transponder programming devices.