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mannye

2004 Ls 430 Won't Talk To The Key!

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About three days ago, I tried to get in my LS and the door would not open. I noticed that the "wake up" sequence (interior and outside mirror lights coming on, etc) had not happened and I thought I might have drained the battery somehow, but when I clicked the key, the locks opened.

Then I tried to start the car as usual with the key in my pocket, but the ignition would not turn. I had to insert the key to get it going.

Anyone know what might be going on? This is happening with BOTH keys, so I don't think it's a battery problem, plus both keys can still lock, unlock and start the car if I use the buttons.

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If it is not just the steering wheel lock requiring some movement of the wheel, try holding the key fob up close to the dash to see if it will start.

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It sounds like the Smart Key system has been deactivated -- page 34 of your owners manual.

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It sounds like the Smart Key system has been deactivated -- page 34 of your owners manual.

I will bet you are right on this one Jim. Accidentally pressed the cancel button. Good post. You da' man when it comes to digging through the manuals! :cheers:

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It sounds like the Smart Key system has been deactivated -- page 34 of your owners manual.

I will bet you are right on this one Jim. Accidentally pressed the cancel button. Good post. You da' man when it comes to digging through the manuals! :cheers:

Thanks for the replies! I will check the button, and if it's that, proceed to interrogate the children to find out which one of the little whippersnappers was "exploring" under the dash. I did not even know there were buttons under there. I REALLY gotta read the manual one of these years.

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It sounds like the Smart Key system has been deactivated -- page 34 of your owners manual.

I will bet you are right on this one Jim. Accidentally pressed the cancel button. Good post. You da' man when it comes to digging through the manuals! :cheers:

Thanks for the replies! I will check the button, and if it's that, proceed to interrogate the children to find out which one of the little whippersnappers was "exploring" under the dash. I did not even know there were buttons under there. I REALLY gotta read the manual one of these years.

It's called RTFM. Read The "Friendly" Manual. ;)

Anyway, do let us know what you find.

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