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#1 gadgetdoc

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 12:43 AM

I just got a 2005 "S" with only one master key, got a spare made by dealer but cost $50 then they have the nerve to charge labor for programming but I thought I saw several methods for self-programming Toyota transponder keys on the net and thought I'd save some cash. Tried them all (combos of pedal pushes/door openings) and none seem to work. Has anyone successfully added a duplicate transponder key to their '05 or later Corolla on their own? Or are we all at the mercy of the "stealerships"? Thanks for any tips.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 11:10 AM

I just got a 2005 "S" with only one master key, got a spare made by dealer but cost $50 then they have the nerve to charge labor for programming but I thought I saw several methods for self-programming Toyota transponder keys on the net and thought I'd save some cash. Tried them all (combos of pedal pushes/door openings) and none seem to work. Has anyone successfully added a duplicate transponder key to their '05 or later Corolla on their own? Or are we all at the mercy of the "stealerships"? Thanks for any tips.


On Ford cars you can self program new keys, providing you have TWO master keys. Toyota doesn't allow self programming on your car, even though they have a really similar system to Ford. The dealer or a locksmith with the programming equipment are the only ones who can get your new key to work.

Also, as the owner's manual in your car states, "Do not try to self program keys, this can only be done by the dealer. If you attempt to do so, you will cause the system to be stuck in programming mode and will be unable to start your car." You're lucky you didn't actually get the car into program mode, otherwise your car would not be working right now.

#3 BobLevine

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 06:39 AM

Aren't these pieces of security crap great?

I got a spare for my 03 at Ace Hardware for $2 and a new Toyota master from dealer for $12.

Shame this garbage isn't optional so it can be avoided.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 04:55 PM

I have read that with the 2005 Corolla, it is not possible to self-program the key (not the remote but the key itself) - it must be done by a locksmith or the dealer. Is this true?

There are instructions on the web on how to program remotes but not keys. I am about to order a blank chipped key and have it cut by a locksmith but I want to know if I can program it myself to save some money.

Thanks for your help.





#5 fishexpo101

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 10:25 AM

The keys that are "chipped" with the RFID tech, must be programmed by the dealership or locksmiths that have the programmer. You can self-program the remotes, as those are handled by a separate process. The chipped keys have to be encoded by a radio programmer - they shove the key into a programming slot and program the transmitter for the chip.

Also depends on the chip inside the key - as the 2004-2005 model years seemed to be when they started using the newer chips. The older chips can be programmed onboard - meaning, you can do it yourself. Some of those onboard programmers require the use of two keys - the master and "blank" key.

Suggestions is to try one of the programming schemes that are floating around the net or ask your dealership for instructions. If it works - great. If it doesn't work, then you only spent a couple of minutes messing around - then take it to the dealership to be programmed.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 06:45 PM

The keys that are "chipped" with the RFID tech, must be programmed by the dealership or locksmiths that have the programmer. You can self-program the remotes, as those are handled by a separate process. The chipped keys have to be encoded by a radio programmer - they shove the key into a programming slot and program the transmitter for the chip.

Also depends on the chip inside the key - as the 2004-2005 model years seemed to be when they started using the newer chips. The older chips can be programmed onboard - meaning, you can do it yourself. Some of those onboard programmers require the use of two keys - the master and "blank" key.

Suggestions is to try one of the programming schemes that are floating around the net or ask your dealership for instructions. If it works - great. If it doesn't work, then you only spent a couple of minutes messing around - then take it to the dealership to be programmed.


My Ace Hardware sells chipped keys for $69 including the key and programming.

Edited by BobLevine, 01 November 2011 - 06:46 PM.