Toyota, Scion or Lexus Dead Key Fob Help: Part II, Getting Started

Starting Your Toyota, Scion or Lexus

For a Toyota Motor Co. vehicle, hold the Smart Key fob against the Start / Stop toyota_startignition button with the Toyota, Scion or Lexus logo facing the button or switch. Press the Start / Stop button, keeping the brake pedal depressed. You can even press the button with the fob itself.

In Hybrid models, a buzzer will sound when the fob is touched to the Start / Stop button. Press the button within five seconds of the buzzer sounding to start the vehicle, again keeping the brake pedal depressed.


Prius SlotAn exception is the Toyota Prius in the 2004 through 2009 model years. These cars have a slot beneath the Start/Stop button that will accept the key fob. Insert the fob, buttons up, then press the Start/Stop button while depressing the brake pedal as normal.

Note: If you have made an attempt to start the vehicle without success, there may be residual pressure in the brake system and a new warning light may appear (left) or text Engine Start Operation Indicatormessage to Step on the Brake. Press the brake pedal very, very hard when trying to start the vehicle again to be sure that the release switch behind the pedal is engaged. Check out this page for more!

Click here for video help with these models and key fobs.

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* Keep these instructions with you in our Dead Key FOB App. Search “Dead Key FOB” at your device’s store or click here.



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