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Driving your Prius without the smart key

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by jrmason, Apr 21, 2008.

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  1. jrmason

    jrmason New Member

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    Hi all,

    I am planning a trip and want to take the Prius with me but, am nervous about loosing the Smart Key or misplacing it or something awful. So, I went about thinking how the car can still be safe and be driveable without the Smart Key present. It can be done!

    Of course you still have to get into the car first. This can be done with a spare key hidden on the vehicle somewhere. Or, this little device called a Tap Lock. (E-bay) You simply tap on the window in a preset patten and the driver door unlocks. Pretty cool.

    Secondly this part is a little more complex. As being an automotive installer by trade I installed part of a remote start system. No remote starter present but the transponder bypass kit is. Flip a hidden switch put your foot on the brake and press "start" and the vehicle comes to life. Best part is all the smart keys continue to function as they do now and nothing is lost.

    Ahh technology. I hope I never need to use this but it's nice piece of mind I won't get stranded somewhere because of a misplaced/lost Smart Key.

    If anybody wants information PM me and I'll discuss it further with you.

    Jon
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    This sounds like a way for car thiefs to steal our cars. Is this information freely available?
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    Hi

    This information is available on the web but they kit requires programming to your vehicle with your original smart key. This isn't something that a casual thief is going to easily duplicate and steal push to start cars. If they wanted to steal your Prius they'd be better off towing it. Another thing about this particular kit is that it works only with the vehicle it's installed in. It cannot be reprogrammed for other vehicles once it is set up for the original vehicle.

    Jon
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    Austin50mpg Prius Driving Right Winger

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    Do you have a link or another name for Tap Lock. I searched ebay and found a lot of items for kegs.

    thanks
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    I found the link for "tap lock". Actually, I did a "google" and using TAPLOCK came up with a few dealers that sell it. The main web site is TAPLOCK.COM . Not sure if it is a "self install" item or needs to be professionally installed
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    Austin50mpg Prius Driving Right Winger

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    Hmmm. Looks like it uses a rubber suction cup attached to the window in order to sense the vibrations. Probably getting close to affordable voice activated locks now. Like "Open says me"

    thanks for the link
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    The Taplock is super easy to install. 12V, ground, two blue wires which are for the unlocking and an ign wire. Ground and one of the blue wires go together and get attatched to ground in the driver kick panel. The other blue wire goes to the door harness wire that tests ground when the key is turned in the door handle. I think it was pink but I'd have to check again to be sure. 12v was also found in the door harnes it was white but there are a couple so these will have to be checked. All wires are found in the driver kick panel and the ign was a light green wire on the fuse block.

    It took longer to play around with it to program. One thing I found annoying was that I had to lengthen all the wires to make a neat install. If anybody is interested I'll take pics of the install and wire locations. I bought my Taplock on e-bay for about $28 from wolf-com-usa. The item arrived within 3 days. It works pretty well like I said programming and getting used to it took some time.

    Pay somebody to do it? Sure, it should take a competent stereo install shop no more than an hour. Less if all the wires are known.


    Jon
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    I had the glass break sensor installed by my Toyota dealer. If you tap on my windows to loud, it sets off the alarm and disables the engine. So I would think that I would have problems with any device that requires me to tap on the window.
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