Getting into Your Toyota, Scion or Lexus
Retrieving the mechanical key
Three key fob (remote control or ‘clicker’) versions may be seen in Toyota, Lexus and Scion models. Slide the catch on the top of most Lexus key fobs, or on the side of Toyota and Scion models. Some later Lexus) models use this key as well. Pull the key ring from the fob while the catch is slid to one side to remove the emergency or mechanical key blade.
A slight variation in even later Lexus models has the slide lever on the top of the key ring end, but not on the mechanical key itself. Slide the lever and pull the key ring away to retrieve the mechanical key.
On some models, the lock cylinder or keyhole at the back of the door handle will be visible. If so, use the key blade to unlock the door.
If the keyhole is not visible, insert the mechanical key into the slot at the base of the door lock cover located near the back of the driver’s door handle and lift slightly to pry away the lock cover and expose the lock cylinder. If you are in the dark, you may need to feel for the slot. Yes, you must pry off a piece of the car. Insert the key blade into the now-exposed lock cylinder to operate. The key can only be inserted in one direction, so turn the key over and try again if it does not go in the first time.
If you do not see a seam or a keyhole, you have the latest Lexus models (NX and RC F) and need only to pull the handle out as you see in the image to expose the keyhole. Insert the mechanical key and turn and you’re in. There is only a small amount of space, so actually turning the key can be a chore.
If you are fortunate enough to own the Lexus LC500 halo car, the door handles are flush to the body. Press the front of the driver’s door handle inwards. The key hole is then exposed behind the rear portion of the handle. As above, insert the key and turn and you’re in.
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