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Posted by Jay Hennigan on June 20, 2005, 2:56 pm
On Sun, 19 Jun 2005 08:27:45 -0700, tmus wrote:

Take the battery out of the smart key.  There are instructions in the
manual on how to do this for replacement.  Slide the small mechanical key
out of the smart key.  Hide the mechanical key outside of the car in a
hide-a-key box or whatever.  Or, get a plastic card duplicate for your
wallet (free if you're an Auto Club member).  

Hide the body of the smart key, with the battery removed, inside the car
somewhere.  If you're locked out, open the driver's door with the
mechanical key, retrieve the smart key from its hiding place inside, and
insert it in the dashboard key slot.  Drive to your dealer and be prepared
to pay big bucks for a replacement smart key.

Posted by tmus on June 21, 2005, 11:13 am
Removing the battery is something I hadn't thought of. The rest of your
suggested procedure was the same as what I did, except for putting the
key in aluminum.

However, I don't understand your saying about driving to the dealer and
paying big bucks. Why would I need a replacement smart key. Will my
replacement of the battery damage the Master Key?

Posted by dnorton on June 21, 2005, 2:46 pm
 I think Jay is assuming that you lost your primary key, which is why
you needed the backup key.  One then assumes that you would want to
revert to a primary and secondary key scenario?

Good thing about the Prius w/smart key is that it is difficult to lock
your key in the car, therefore the need to maintain a secondary key
on-car is somewhat moot.  If you can't lock your keys in the car then
the only reason to need the backup is loss of the primary key, right?
Now that your down to one key, you need to get another - hence the trip
to the dealer.

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