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Key fob

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by Geekpipe, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Nov 26, 2020 at 6:16 PM
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    Geekpipe

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    bought a 2008 and didn't get a key fob. Any ideas how I get one?
     
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    Alot of them
    Amazon has them. It requires a certain type and you will have to get it programmed.
     
  3. Nov 26, 2020 at 7:37 PM
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    ^^ what he said.

    You have to get a fob that has the same FCC ID as the original ones for it to work, and then the truck has to be programmed to accept the new fob. That requires either a dealer to program it or using a knockoff techstream cable/software (also available on Amazon or eBay).

    AFAIK all 2008’s use the same FCC ID fob (same for ‘07 and ‘09 at least), so that’s pretty easy to track down. Stealerships will want $50-$150 for the programming (rip off - it takes only a few minutes to do) or the knockoff cable will run you $30-50 but does require a Windows laptop or tablet to run it. Also know that the version of cable and techstream you’re getting aren’t “legit” through those avenues... :spy:
     
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  4. Nov 26, 2020 at 11:33 PM
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    I only have one key and fob. Would ideally like a back up key at least. Anyway to get a key fairly cheap? Dealer wants alot of $$. I know there's other companies/locksmiths that can do it cheaper. Is there a DIY method? I hate the stupid computer chip garbage. I wish I could just get a new one cut for $5.
     
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    Don't go with those cheap Chinese knockoff FOBs. They last a limited number of months and the switches under the buttons fail. You can buy a used OEM FOB on ebay for not much more money and it'll last the life of your truck. I found this out the hard way.
     
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  7. Nov 28, 2020 at 8:09 PM
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    This is exactly right. Buy a used refurbished oem. They look perfect and actually work. I've been through several knock offs. All dead after a few weeks. The used oems work great.

     
  8. Nov 28, 2020 at 9:29 PM
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    SOME locksmiths have the right programmer to "copy" the transponder in the key you already have. But I've heard some horror stories about that not working. Using a knockoff techstream cable/software off Amazon (you'll also need a laptop to run it on) will get you into the same settings the dealer uses to program the key.

    As for buying a blank - you can get them on eBay, just make sure it's got the same transponder stamp/code (o, G, H, etc.) as your current original key. From there, most locksmiths should be able to cut the actual key. Then you just have to program it. I did it with my 2008 and it wasn't difficult.
     
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