Question about 2004 Toyota Avalon XL
Check the battery in the key and replace if flat. There is an engine immobiliser next to the ignition switch that reads the key and allows the engine to fire up. Ordinary keys are only good to unlock the fuel cap. If the key is playing up Toyota have spares that you can purchase and they will need the vehicle so that the new key can be programmed to the immobiliser. In Australia that amounts to around $600.00 so I guess it won't be cheap.
Posted on Oct 12, 2013
Testimonial: "Thanks, Bill. The key doesn't have a battery, but apparently has some type of "chip" that the immobilizer reads. I talked with someone at the nearby Toyota service dept., and they confirmed that it is the immobilizer due to the fact that the red security light continues to flash while cranking. Their solution is to have me bring it to them for repair (I'm 120 miles from there). I was hoping there was a way to disable the immobilizer or reset it. I wish I had a lot less "secure" vehicle so it would be a more reliable one."
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I will be happy to provide you with the instructions.
Open the glove box.
Remove all of the contents.
Observe the right side of the glove box door, you will see a black plastic thing/arm that is connected to a cylindrical device; Remove the arm from the glove box door.
After the arm is disengaged from the glove box door. squeeze the sides of the glove box towards the middle, to defeat the 2 stops that prevent the glove box from falling completely open.
Whilst squeezing the sides of the box inward, lower the glove box door down.
With a flashlight, look into the area behind the glove box. You will see a long rectangular device, this is the door/tray for the cabin air filter. Pull it out, towards you. Once it is out, you will be able to extract the dirty filter, and replace it with a new one.
This entire procedure should take you about 3 minutes. Very easy.
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Posted on Feb 20, 2009
The first thing to do is try another key. Perhaps your transponder key has failed.
You can identify a 'transponder key'; it has a wide part wher you turn it.
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
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