Toyota Camry owners & service manuals

Toyota Camry (XV70): Using the key

Using the key (vehicles without a smart key system)

  1. Releasing
    To release the key, press the button.
  2. Folding
    To stow the key, press the button then fold the key.

Key information

Using the mechanical key (vehicles with a smart key system)

To take out the mechanical key, slide the release lever and take the key out.

The mechanical key can only be inserted in one direction, as the key only has grooves on one side.

If the key cannot be inserted in a lock cylinder, turn it over and reattempt to insert it.

After using the mechanical key, store it in the electronic key. Carry the mechanical key together with the electronic key. If the electronic key battery is depleted or the entry function does not operate properly, you will need the mechanical key.

Key information

■Panic mode

Vehicles without a smart key system

When is pressed for longer than about one second, an alarm will sound intermittently and the vehicle lights will flash to deter any person from trying to break into or damage your vehicle.

To stop the alarm, press any button on the wireless remote control.

Key information

Vehicles with a smart key system

When is pressed for longer than about one second, an alarm will sound intermittently and the vehicle lights will flash to deter any person from trying to break into or damage your vehicle.

To stop the alarm, press any button on the electronic key.

Key information

■If you lose your keys

New genuine keys can be made by your Toyota dealer using the other key (vehicles without a smart key system) or the other mechanical key (vehicles with a smart key system) and the key number stamped on your key number plate. Keep the plate in a safe place such as your wallet, not in the vehicle.

■When riding in an aircraft

When bringing a key with wireless remote control function onto an aircraft, make sure you do not press any button on the key while inside the aircraft cabin. If you are carrying the key in your bag etc., ensure that the buttons are not likely to be pressed accidentally. Pressing a button may cause the key to emit radio waves that could interfere with the operation of the aircraft.

■Conditions affecting operation

Vehicles without a smart key system

The wireless remote control function may not operate normally in the following situations:

  • When the wireless key battery is depleted
  • Near a TV tower, electric power plant, gas station, radio station, large display, airport or other facility that generates strong radio waves or electrical noise
  • When carrying a portable radio, cellular phone or other wireless communication devices
  • When the wireless key is in contact with, or is covered by a metallic object
  • When other wireless key (that emit radio waves) is being used nearby
  • If window tint with a metallic content or metallic objects are attached to the rear window

■Key battery depletion

Vehicles without a smart key system

  • The standard battery life is 1 to 2 years.
  • Even if the key is not used, the battery may become depleted and the following symptoms may occur. Replace the battery with a new one when necessary.
    • The wireless remote control function does not operate.
    • The area in which the wireless remote control function can be operated becomes smaller.

Vehicles with a smart key system

  • The standard battery life is 1 to 2 years.
  • If the battery becomes low, an alarm will sound in the cabin when the engine stops.
  • As the electronic key always receives radio waves, the battery will become depleted even if the electronic key is not used. The following symptoms indicate that the electronic key battery may be depleted. Replace the battery when necessary.
    • The smart key system or the wireless remote control does not operate.
    • The detection area becomes smaller.
    • The LED indicator on the key surface does not turn on.
  • To reduce key battery depletion when the electronic key is to not be used for long periods of time, set the electronic key to the battery-saving mode.
  • To avoid serious deterioration, do not leave the electronic key within 3 ft. (1 m) of the following electrical appliances that produce a magnetic field:
    • TVs
    • Personal computers
    • Cellular phones, cordless phones and battery chargers
    • Recharging cellular phones or cordless phones
    • Table lamps
    • Induction cookers

■Confirmation of the registered key number

The number of keys already registered to the vehicle can be confirmed. Ask your Toyota dealer for details.

■If a wrong key is used

The key cylinder rotates freely to isolate inside mechanism.

NOTICE

■To prevent key damage

  • Do not drop the keys, subject them to strong shocks or bend them.
  • Do not expose the keys to high temperatures for long periods of time.
  • Do not get the keys wet or wash them in an ultrasonic washer etc.
  • Do not attach metallic or magnetic materials to the keys or place the keys close to such materials.
  • Do not disassemble the keys.
  • Do not attach a sticker or anything else to the surface of the electronic key and key (with a wireless remote control function).
  • Vehicles with a smart key system: Do not place the keys near objects that produce magnetic fields, such as TVs, audio systems and induction cookers, or medical electrical equipment, such as low-frequency therapy equipment.

■Carrying the electronic key on your person (vehicles with a smart key system)

Carry the electronic key 3.9 in. (10 cm) or more away from electric appliances that are turned on. Radio waves emitted from electric appliances within 3.9 in. (10 cm) of the electronic key may interfere with the key, causing the key to not function properly.

■In case of a smart key system malfunction or other key-related problems (vehicles with a smart key system)

Take your vehicle with all the electronic keys provided with your vehicle to your Toyota dealer.

■When an electronic key is lost (vehicles with a smart key system)

If the electronic key remains lost, the risk of vehicle theft increases significantly.

Visit your Toyota dealer immediately with all remaining electronic keys that were provided with your vehicle.

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