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Toyota RAV4 Owners Manual: If the electronic key does not operate properly (vehicles with a smart key system)

Toyota RAV4 Owners Manual / 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 (_p. 107) 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 can be opened and the engine can be started by following the procedure below.

Locking and unlocking the doors

Use the mechanical key   In order to perform the following operations:

  1. Locks all the doors
  2. Unlocks the door

Toyota RAV4. Locking and unlocking the doors


Turning the key rearward unlocks the drivers door. Turning the key once again within 3 seconds unlocks the other doors.

Starting the engine

  1. Ensure that the shift lever is in p and depress the brake pedal.
  2. Touch the toyota emblem side of the electronic key to the engine switch.

Toyota RAV4. Starting the engine


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.

  1. Firmly depress the brake pedal and check that the smart key system indicator light (green) turns on.
  2. Press the engine switch.

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.

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

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