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How to Get Your Toyota Started with a Dead Smart Key

What to Do When Your Toyota Smart Key Dies

Push-button start and keyless entry can save you time while getting from point A to point B. However, sometimes when we least expect it these systems don’t work how they’re supposed to, like when your Toyota Smart Key stops working from a dead battery. So, how can we get back onto the road if we can’t get into our vehicle or get it started? There’s actually a trick to how to get your Toyota started with a dead Smart Key so you don’t ever have to let one stop you from getting where you need to go. Keep reading to find out more.


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How to Unlock and Start Your Toyota with a Dead Smart Key Hand holding keys in front of car door

Toyota Smart Key fobs house a mechanical key to help you get inside of your vehicle when the Smart Key stops working. Look towards the bottom of your key fob for a small button that will release the inner key, which you can pull out and use on your vehicle like a traditional key.

Once inside, hold your vehicle’s Smart Key against dashboard while pressing the brake pedal and your push-button should show a green light and allow you to start your vehicle. If this doesn’t get your vehicle started and your power door locks also aren’t working then you might be dealing with a weak engine battery, not a dead Smart Key.

Changing a Smart Key Battery

When you want to replace your fob’s battery, remove the metal key from inside the Smart Key and gently pry open the fob using the opening left from the key. Once the fob is opened you can remove the old battery and replace it with a new one, then put the fob back together.


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Getting stuck with a dead Smart Key can be a bummer, but this guide from Serra Toyota of Decatur will help you get back on the road in no time. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, head over to our online inventory to view our lineup of new Toyota vehicles and be sure to book a test drive to get behind the wheel of your next vehicle today.