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Toyota Camry (XV70): If the electronic key does not operate properly (vehicles with a smart key system)

Toyota Camry Owner's Manual XV70 (2017-2024) / When trouble arises / Steps to take in an emergency / If the electronic key does not operate properly (vehicles with a smart key system)

If communication between the electronic key and vehicle is interrupted or the electronic key cannot be used because the battery is depleted, the smart key system and wireless remote control cannot be used. In such cases, the doors and trunk can be opened and the engine can be started by following the procedure below.

Locking and unlocking the doors, unlocking the trunk and key linked functions

■ Doors

Using the mechanical key in order to perform the following operations (driver's door only):

  1. Locks all doors
  2. Closes the windows and the moon roof*1 or panoramic moon roof*1 (turn and hold)*2
  3. Unlocks the door
  4. Turning the key rearward unlocks the driver's door. Turning the key once again unlocks the other doors.
  5. Opens the windows and the moon roof*1 or panoramic moon roof*1 (turn and hold)*2

Steps to take in an emergency

*1: If equipped
*2: This setting must be customized at your Toyota dealer.

■ Trunk

Turn the mechanical key clockwise to open.

Steps to take in an emergency

Starting the engine

1. Ensure that the shift lever is in P and firmly depress the brake pedal.

2. Touch the Toyota emblem side of the electronic key to the engine switch.

When the electronic key is detected, a buzzer sounds and the engine switch will turn to IGNITION ON mode.

When the smart key system is deactivated in customization setting, the engine switch will turn to ACCESSORY mode.

Steps to take in an emergency

3. Firmly depress the brake pedal and check that is displayed on the multi-information display.

4. Press the engine switch shortly and firmly.

In the event that the engine still cannot be started, contact your Toyota dealer.

■Stopping the engine

Shift the shift lever to P and press the engine switch as you normally do when stopping the engine.

■Replacing the key battery

As the above procedure is a temporary measure, it is recommended that the electronic key battery be replaced immediately when the battery is depleted.

■Alarm (for Canada only)

Using the mechanical key to lock the doors will not set the alarm system.

If a door is unlocked using the mechanical key when the alarm system is set, the alarm may be triggered.

■Changing engine switch modes

Release the brake pedal and press the engine switch in step 3 above.

The engine does not start and modes will be changed each time the switch is pressed.

■When the electronic key does not work properly

  • Make sure that the smart key system has not been deactivated in the customization setting. If it is off, turn the function on.
  • Check if battery-saving mode is set. If it is set, cancel the function.

WARNING

■When using the mechanical key and operating the power windows or the moon roof or panoramic moon roof

Operate the power window or the moon roof or panoramic moon roof after checking to make sure that there is no possibility of any passenger having any of their body parts caught in the window or the moon roof or panoramic moon roof. Also, do not allow children to operate the mechanical key. It is possible for children and other passengers to get caught in the power window or the moon roof or panoramic moon roof.

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