Lost all FOBs/how to pull out of garage for towing?

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  1. neve1064

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    I know, stupid. I lost both FOB's on the highway while driving. They were on the hood of the car each time. Anyway, the car is parked in our garage facing in. How can I pull the car out of the garage so it can be towed to a Toyota dealership and spend the thousand bucks to get a new ECU and 2 new fobs? I can't get the car in neutral without an FOB.
     
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    You have to remove the electronic parking pawl mechanism on the transaxle, that will allow you to roll the car.

    XT1585 ?
     
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    welcome! iirc, you have no choice but to dolly up the four wheels and tow it onto a flat bed for delivery to toyota. hopefully, someone else has a better idea. all the best!(y)
     
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    Or buy "go jacks", or just a jack with large wheels, you can Jack the drive wheels up and roll the car on its back wheels and the jack.

    XT1585 ?
     
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    Call a tow truck and describe the situation. They'll come up with something, either dollies on the front wheels, or just drag it.
     
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    Yep, for a short distance, you could put some sand on the floor and have the tow truck grab it by the back wheels to drag it out.

    XT1585 ?
     
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    There was a thread a few years back, someone parked at an airport, nose in, with columns (or vehicles?) on either side, and the 12 volt battery died. Think they just dragged.
     
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    If the tow truck can access the rear of the car, it will have no problem dragging the car out of the garage.
     
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    So the dealership wanted $760. (4 hours labor plus parts) + $190 for the fob. This guy came out here and made me a fob key for $350 in 30 minutes. No towing, no hassles just embarrassment.
     
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    Wannabe Prius owner here -
    Does this happen often? Is there any way to turn the requirement for a FOB key OFF?
     
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    nope. it happens occasionally, but only to those who don't keep a spare fob.
     
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    congrats, 'this guy'? :p
     
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    Hero = "This Guy."
    Loser Douchebag Dealer = "That Guy"

    Don't be "That Guy."
     
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    make a spare quick!
     
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    +1 for post # 6

    Sand on floor and drag.
    Never thought of that...thank you.
     
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    Two things:
    1. Get a spare.
    2. Since you seem to be making a habit of this, maybe you should get non-SKS fobs. That way you can't drive off with your keys on your roof/windshield/wheel/etc.
     
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    What if you are several hours away from home, and lose your Fob?

    I can't unlock the car, and can't start it. Then what?
     
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    Call the local Toyota dealer and prepare to pay a high three-digit or low four-digit amount to have a new fob mated to the car.
     
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    Yep in answer to post 17, post 18 seems like it.

    Of course don't forget it will be Sunday and you'll also need a hotel room expense.

    So although chaos, memory loss and accidents happen, don't lose your fob!

    PS Noting Ferrari...loss that FOB and pay thousands plus down time as Italy factory supplies security codes to mate the FOB.

    Don't lose your FOB.
     
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    Thanks guys. Hopefully, not likely I will lose it. For the times when I'm out in the wildness, I will use a snap strap key lanyard secured to my belt loop (with Fob in pocket.)
     
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