So a customer came in with a 2019 Toyota 4runner. Shop guy cloned the remote head key to a T80 GTS. Key turned in the locks but would not start the vehicle. Schedule a call with the customer for me to give it a shot because previously I had purchased one of those green ODBII Toyota G key programmers and wanted to use it.
Customer came in and I verified the key turned but did not start the vehicle. I followed the horrible English instructions on the device and attempted to add a key. Instead of adding a new transponder key, it ended up removing the remote head key!
I almost shit my pants. I was actually thinking what I was going to have to tell my boss and the customer and was this close to slightly freaking out.
Then I remembered the key programmer programs remotes. I was able to use it to program the remote head key back to the vehicle. I tried programming the cloned key again and this time the vehicle started, but then it shut off about 5 seconds later.
Again, the remote head key was removed from the vehicle.
I added it back again and tried a third time. Same result. I ended up just programming the original remote head key to the vehicle. I explained to the customer that I couldn’t program the cloned key for some reason. The ended up purchasing the key as a door key at a pretty heavy discount. I advised them that maybe the dealer or perhaps a different locksmith could get the key added.
Has anyone come across this before? I’m guessing I could have used a better tool and not some Chinese bullshit I bought off of eBay. I’m about to throw this programmer away so I don’t actually fuck anyone’s Toyotas up. I do feel like I maybe could have done it if I kept trying but I didn’t want to fuck anything up.
The other machine we have is a MVP Pro. It’s an older one, our book/manual only goes back to 2012. Is it possible to upgrade or update this machine to 2020? What do you guys recommend? I really want to be able to do transponder keys and remotes.