STRATTEC CODESEEKER: PROGRAMMING KEYS to the 2007 TOYOTA RAV4

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...


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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Program Additional Keys (transponder values): Allows adding Master or Sub keys (transponder values) as long as there is one pre-programmed master key. System Two can automatically tell the whether the new keys to be programmed are Master or Sub.

Erase Keys (transponder values): Allows erasing all of the programmed keys (transponder values) except the key in the ignition at the time.

I programmed additional keys as the vehicle was new and the owner had all three of the keys the dealership provided with the vehicle.

The 2007 Toyota RAV4 is equipped with a Security LED on the left side of the center console. The engine immobilizer system automatically activates when the ignition is turned off and the key is removed from the ignition switch. The flashing Security LED indicates that the system is operational and that inserting a registered (programmed) transponder equipped key turns off the security system enabling the engine to start.

I originated the mechanical cuts and programmed two valet keys to this vehicle following the CodeSeeker's screen instructions. The programming procedure for additional keys is to select Toyota , then Immobilizer, and then Type 2. The ignition is turned on with a registered master (remote head) key.

The ECU IDENTIFICATION will appear as TOYOTA/LEXUS TYPE 2. This indicates a Toyota key with factory programming is required. Next, press the enter key.

The diagnostic menu appears and the SPECIAL FUNCTIONS is highlighted and the enter key is pressed. For our purposes, we then choose the PROGRAM KEY option and press the enter key.

A new screen appears with PROGRAM KEY

- SWITCH IGNITION OFF

- REMOVE KEY

- INSERT KEY (unregistered key)

- SWITCH IGNITION ON

- WITHIN 120 Sec

- TIME ELAPSED: (# of seconds) S

- PRESS ENTER KEY

A new screen appears with PROGRAM KEY

- SWITCH IGNITION OFF

- REMOVE KEY

- WITHIN 20 Sec

- TIME ELAPSED: (# of seconds) S

- PRESS ENTER KEY

A new screen appears with PROGRAM KEY

- INSERT NEW KEY

- LEAVE IGNITION OFF

- WITHIN 10 Sec

- TIME ELAPSED: (# of seconds) S

- PRESS ENTER KEY

A new screen appears with PROGRAM KEY

- PLEASE WAIT

- TIME ELAPSED: (# of seconds) S

Important: Programming additional keys takes about one minute. According to the manual, if the timer goes beyond two minutes, the keys are probably not registered. Disconnect the Code Seeker and repeat the programming procedure. You may want to ask how many key have been used to operate the vehicle. Only five Master Keys and three Sub Keys can be programmed to a vehicle.

Another consideration is the possibility of problem with the transponder system. In the diagnostic menu, select FAULT CODES. When highlighted, and the enter key pressed, there are two choices, READ FAULT CODES or CLEAR FAULT CODES. I strongly recommend reading the fault codes to identify the problem. A list of some of the known fault codes is included in the manual. Some fault codes can be erased and the problem solved. Other fault codes, for example B2793 “Transponder Chip Malfunction,” will require action.

For this 2007 Toyota RAV4, the programming was completed in less than one minute. The keys were each tested. Each time, the engine would start and continue to operate the vehicle.

The Code-Seeker is no longer available for purchase from STRATTEC. The following tools can be used to program keys to a vehicle: T-Code, MVP, SDD, TKO and T-Code Pro.

Code-Seeker registered owners continue to receive 24/7 customer service technical support. Call 800-375-7034. Software upgrades will be offered for sale as soon as they become available. For more information, contact STRATTEC, telephone 877-251-8798 or http://aftermarket.STRATTEC.com.

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