Welcome to Low Rate Locksmith DIY everyone. I’m Mike.

Today we’re gonna take a look at a Toyota Sienna, and programming a key.

This is a 2008 Toyota Sienna, it has a transponder chip in the end of the key. We lost ours. The dealer said that they wanted about 150 bucks to make a new one.

We were able to find a key shop that could make one new one for half that price.

Then I ordered on Amazon a replacement transponder key.

Then you just have to get the key cut at a key shop. A whole lot less money. And it’s really easy to program.

So let me show you how to do that.

Now, I want to point out as well, the clicker button. This is a separate device. This is the fob that opens and closes the locks and undoes things, opens the door, rings alarms, that kind of stuff.

2008 Toyota Sienna Mini Van Car review By In The Driver’s Seat

This works, not just for the Sienna, but also for a lot of other Toyota vehicles in kind of that mid 2000 range.

Please leave a comment if you use it and it works on a different vehicle.

And I’ll try and post those down in the description so folks know what makes and models and years, which Toyota vehicles it works on.

So let’s take a closer look.

All right, first, you need to make sure you’re using a master key and not a valet key to program from. I’ve got, I’ll show you the difference.

There’s two quick and easy ways to find out.

This is a valet key. It will not open the glove box. (key clicking in lock)

It doesn’t turn the lock. And this is a master key. (key clicks) It does turn the lock. You need to be using the master. So that’s one way to tell.

Let me show you the other way.

All right, the other way to tell if it’s a valet or a master key, is to find your blinking light. It’s kind of a security light. In this vehicle it’s on the dashboard. Looks like a car with a black key in the middle. Sometimes it’s a blinking light that will be over near your radio, just a little red light. This is a really important
trick to be aware of because when I first tried to do this, I didn’t know about the trick. This is really important to know because if you try to program with a valet key, it’s not going to work. So you see the blinking light here.

The blinking light is just above my finger, right there. So when you insert a valet key, this is a valet key, that blinking light will stay on. See it stay on for a couple of seconds Then it turns off. That means it’s a valet key.

If we insert the master key, it won’t stay on at all. So insert it, doesn’t turn on. So again, here’s the valet. The light turns on for a couple of seconds and stays. And insert the master, no light. So once you’ve confirmed that you’ve got a master key, you’re ready to do the programming.

And just to show you that there is a transponder chip, I’m going to take my master key and turn the vehicle on. (engine starts and car door chimes) Okay? Vehicle turns on, you can hear it. (Key clicks in the ignition and car sounds cease)

I also have a key that doesn’t have a transponder to it. This will unlock the doors, but it won’t do anything else. It’s not going to turn the vehicle on because it’s missing that chip. It’ll try to for a moment, but it just won’t turn on. (engine sputters and stops)

All right, so now that we’ve confirmed we’ve got a master key, I’ve also got my blank.

It’s important to know that this is a 4D-67 transponder key. That’s the code. I’ll include the link on Amazon. It fits in here. As you know I haven’t cut this blank already. I’m gonna get it programmed, make sure it’s turning on the car, first.

And then we’ll get it cut. We’re gonna take this. So, it’s important to note this is a time-sensitive operation here.

Within 35 seconds we’re going to insert this five times, and then we’re gonna open and close the driver door six times. So, in order to start, we need to make sure our door is closed.

(door bangs shut)

Okay, got my driver’s door closed. No keys in the ignition. Gonna turn my timer on here.

All right, here we go, we’ve got 35 seconds. One, (key clicks in the ignition repeatedly) two, three, four, five, leave it in. Do not turn it on.

Open the door six times and close it. (car door opens and bangs shut repeatedly) One, two, three, four, five, and six.

Okay, within ten seconds, you’ve got to insert the key to be registered.

And now, within 60 seconds our flashing indicator light, security light, see how it’s flashing? It will stop flashing.

Okay, it stopped flashing. There we go, just under a minute. So with that, our key’s programmed. We’re gonna remove it.

Okay, you see how it’s flashing? Now, obviously, it’s still flashing here.

My key, this being the blank, it can’t turn the car on, but it’s going to stop flashing when I insert it, just like the master did.

I put it in, it stopped flashing. See the light stopped?

Pull it out, it’ll start flashing again. That lets you know it’s working.

So, to demonstrate, I’m going to take this one that wouldn’t start the car earlier, Turn it on- I’m gonna hold this right next to it. (key clicks in lock, car
engine and door chime start)

There we go, and the car starts. (key clicks, engine and chimes stop)

So there you have it, pretty easy to do.

Just kind of like playing those old Nintendo video games where you get the secret code, A, B, B, C, up, down, left, right, start, stop, that kind of thing.

Just doing that with your vehicle.

Now I’ll just have to go and get this key cut. I programmed the transponder first because I wanted to make sure it was actually working before I went to the effort
of getting the key cut.

I’d appreciate it if you buy your transponder keys through the link in the video description which is an Amazon affiliate link.

It doesn’t cost you anything more, but Amazon sends a little bit of the money from the purchase to Low Rate Locksmith DIY.