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#366 of 385 Problem with my keys 2008 Prius
Jul 19, 2009 (2:47 pm)
This just happened this week I can use my key if I place it into the spot in the car to start it, but if I pull it out or try to start it with it being in my purse(as I usually do) it wont start??i can unlock if i use the unlock botton but i can not lock from just pushing the dot onthe doot handle. anyone know what to do? Does it need to be reprogramed or something??very frustrating!! thanks!!
#367 of 385 Re: Problem with my keys 2008 Prius [shawnswifie]
Jul 21, 2009 (11:30 am)
Check the disable switch under the steering column. It's possible the switch got bumped or something and turned off. This disables the sensors for when you aren't going to be using the vehicle for a long time to prevent running the battery down.
#368 of 385 Re: How do I open a FOB? [math69]
Jul 26, 2009 (11:05 am)
Have you either found an answer for this, or have found out how to open it yourself? I have a similar problem, although slightly more embarrassing. My panic button is stuck down, and constantly causes my car to enter panic mode. I've also disassembled my key to the point of taking out the battery, but can't figure out how to get any farther than that.
Thanks for any info you may be able to provide!
#369 of 385 Re: How do I open a FOB? [eric60]
Jul 26, 2009 (11:43 am)
I had a recent problem with my FOB for my 2004 Prius. I live in the Rockies at 8,000 ft. elevation. When driving to Chicago (sea level) the FOB buttons stayed down. I was ready to order a replacement but a day after driving back to Aspen the FOB was again working perfectly.
#370 of 385 Re: How do I open a FOB? [stevegold]
Jul 26, 2009 (2:04 pm)
Thats funny as I had a problem with my HHR we tow behind our motorhome in Estes Park, Co. Push button to lock door and the lock button on the inside of the door wouldn't go down about half the time all though the door did lock, it worked all the time in Mi. Got back home to Mi. and no more problems. And a year later still going strong.
#371 of 385 Re: How do I open a FOB? [math69]
Jun 23, 2011 (3:10 pm)
I have the same problem -- a button stuck down. (It's the one that unlocks the doors, so every time I walk within 15 feet of the car, the doors unlock).
I am unwilling to pay the Toyota stealership $400 for a new FOB and programming charge ... but the lady at the desk said to open up the FOB and try manually unsticking the button once inside.
But how do you open it? I am at the same place ... battery compartment open, but no apparent way to get into the guts of it to get near the button. Did you ever figure this out?
#372 of 385 Re: How do I open a FOB? [darklordlarry]
Jul 11, 2011 (4:05 pm)
We also had the same non-working button issue. However we received 2 fobs when we bought the car. So I figured the non-working one was going to be the sacrificial lamb:
After removing the spare metal key, then figuring out how to open the outer cover to the battery compartment (not exactly user friendly!) I removed the battery cover & battery. From this point the fob is not designed to be opened in a way to be easily reclosed after opening. I inserted a screwdriver into the spare key slot & whacked it good. The two halved split apart with some forcing effort. These two halves are glued together! Toyota doesn't want you in here- they want your $400 bucks instead! The circuit board can then be pried out with a fine screwdriver or knife. After cleaning the buttons & compartment pretty well, we were lucky - the button was no longer stuck. On a less complicated fob for my Explorer I was able to unsolder a good unused switch (trunk option) and replace the broken old switch & it worked like a charm. However the switches on the Prius fob are really tiny with really tiny tabs soldered to one side of the circuit board only and look very hard to try that switcheroo. I'm glad I didn't have to try that unsolder/resolder task! Now it should just take some good superglue & rubber band clamping to glue it back together. Good luck!
#375 of 385 Need to tow a small boat
Jul 22, 2007 (7:02 am)
I'm a 6-month Prius owner about to buy a small boat and want to know if anyone can share experience with towing using this car. I have a Package 2, 2007 Prius that's doing great. I don't have concerns about mileage and won't be towing long distances or heavy loads (1,000 pounds max, small boat), and I've found several hitches made specifically for the car, but I wanted to tap the knowledge base here. Any comments much appreciated.