Toyota SURF Keyfob RKE Programming

HOW TO GUIDE: Toyota Surf RKE Keyfob Programming

Toyota Surf RKE Keyfob Programming

Simple instruction on how to do the RKE Keyfob programming on your Toyota Surf from the years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 to 2009. Please follow the instructions below for your reference.

RKE Keyfob Programming Toyota SURF 1995-1997

  1. Locate ECU Programming Receiver

    LOCATE the ECU Programming Receiver.
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  2. Insert Key into Ignition

    INSERT key into Ignition and TURN to the ON position.

  3. Enter Programming Mode

    PRESS and HOLD the ECU’s Programming Switch for 3 seconds using a paperclip or small screwdriver. The Status Monitor LED light will turn on for 5 seconds to indicate successful entry into Programming Mode..

  4. Program Remote

    WITHIN 5 seconds, PRESS and RELEASE ANY button on the remote. The Status Monitor LED light will turn OFF, the piezo chirper will chirp ONCE and the exterior lights will flash ONCE to indicate successful programming of the remote. IF you hold the button too long and the vehicle alarm sounds, simply press the TOP button on the remote to reset the alarm.

  5. EXIT Programming Mode

    TURN OFF the Ignition to EXIT Programming Mode.

  6. Test Remotes

    TEST all remotes. Programming is complete.

Programming Notes:

  • Verify the following prior to following these instructions:
    • Your vehicle is equipped with keyless entry, and
    • You have a key fob remote that is compatible with your vehicle.
  • Obtain ALL remote transmitters for this vehicle.
  • Important: For MOST vehicles, the ECU Programming Receiver is located UNDERNEATH either the Driver or Passenger front seats. For SOME vehicles, it is located BEHIND the Driver’s Dash and can be accessed by prying out the black faceplate (5”x3”) BEHIND the mirror control switch. It is a BLACK box with 3 connectors and a recessed GREEN RESET button. Refer to the Owner’s Manual for your vehicle’s ECU location.

RKE Keyfob Programming Toyota SURF 1998-2002

  1. Prepare Vehicle

    With the key OUT of the Ignition, OPEN and UNLOCK the Driver’s door.

  2. Enter Programming Mode – Step 1

    INSERT key into Ignition (Do NOT turn it) and REMOVE key.

  3. Enter Programming Mode – Step 2

    PERFORM the following steps WITHIN 40 seconds:

    a. Using the power lock switch on the driver’s door, perform 5 lock/unlock cycles starting with lock. Use an even pace and try to go about one cycle per second (1 Cycle = 1 lock and 1 unlock).

    b. CLOSE then OPEN Driver’s door.

  4. Enter Programming Mode – Step 3

    PERFORM the following steps WITHIN 40 seconds:

    a. Using the power lock switch on the driver’s door, perform 5 lock/unlock cycles starting with lock. Use an even pace and try to go about one cycle per second (1 Cycle = 1 lock and 1 unlock).

    b. INSERT key into Ignition.

    c. TURN ignition to ON (Do NOT Start) then back to OFF.
    – Do this ONCE to retain existing remotes programmed.
    – Do this TWICE to ERASE all existing remotes programmed and ADD NEW remote.
    – Do this THREE times to CHECK how many remotes are programmed to the vehicle.
    – Do this FIVE times to ERASE all existing remotes programmed.

    d. REMOVE key from Ignition.

  5. Enter Programming Mode – Step 4

    WITHIN 3 seconds the Power Door Locks should cycle LOCK/UNLOCK to signal successful entry into Programming Mode.

  6. Program Remote

    PERFORM the following steps WITHIN 40 seconds:

    a. PRESS the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on the remote simultaneously for 1 second.

    b. PRESS and HOLD the LOCK button for 2 seconds. The Door Locks will cycle LOCK/UNLOCK to indicate successful programming of the remote.

  7. Program Additional Remotes

    REPEAT Steps 6a and 6b for any additional remotes to be programmed.

  8. EXIT Programming Mode

    CLOSE Driver’s Door to EXIT Programming Mode.

  9. Test Remotes

    TEST all remotes. Programming is complete.

Programming Notes:

  • Verify the following prior to following these instructions:
    • Your vehicle is equipped with keyless entry, and
    • You have a key fob remote that is compatible with your vehicle.
  • Obtain ALL remote transmitters for this vehicle.
  • If you have a remote head key with a transponder chip, this procedure will ONLY program the remote portion. You’ll need a Professional Auto Locksmith to cut and program the transponder key that will start the vehicle.
  • If you have a remote head key without a transponder chip, this procedure WILL work for your vehicle.
  • This procedure DOES NOT work for smart proximity remote key fobs.

RKE Keyfob Programming Toyota SURF 2003 -2009

  1. Prepare Vehicle

    With the key OUT of the Ignition, OPEN and UNLOCK the Driver’s door.

  2. Enter Programming Mode – Step 1

    Perform the following steps within 5 seconds:

    a. INSERT key into Ignition (Do NOT turn) and PULL the key out.

    b. INSERT key into Ignition (Do NOT turn) and PULL the key out.

  3. Enter Programming Mode – Step 2

    PERFORM the following steps WITHIN 40 seconds:

    a. CLOSE then OPEN Driver’s door.

    b. CLOSE then OPEN Driver’s door.

    c. INSERT key into Ignition (Do NOT turn) and PULL the key out.

  4. Enter Programming Mode – Step 3

    PERFORM the following steps WITHIN 40 seconds:

    a. CLOSE then OPEN Driver’s door.

    b. CLOSE then OPEN Driver’s door.

    c. INSERT the key into the Ignition and LEAVE it in the Ignition.

    d. CLOSE the Driver’s door.

  5. Enter Programming Mode – Step 4

    TURN the Ignition to ON position (Do NOT crank engine) then back OFF.
    – Do this ONCE to retain existing remotes programmed and ADD NEW remote..
    – Do this TWICE to ERASE all existing remotes programmed and ADD NEW remote.
    – Do this THREE times to CHECK how many remotes are programmed to the vehicle.
    – Do this FIVE times to ERASE all existing remotes programmed.

  6. Enter Programming Mode – Step 6

    REMOVE key from Ignition. The power door locks will respond by cycling the locks from LOCK/UNLOCK to signal successful entry into Programming Mode.

  7. Program Remote

    Perform the following steps within 40 seconds:

    a. PRESS and HOLD the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on the remote simultaneously for 2 seconds. RELEASE.

    b. PRESS and HOLD the LOCK button and hold for 2 seconds. RELEASE.

    The vehicle will respond by cycling the locks from LOCK to UNLOCK to indicate successful programming of the remote.

  8. Program Additional Remotes

    REPEAT Step 7 for any additional remotes to be programmed, including working ones.

  9. EXIT Programming Mode

    OPEN Driver’s Door to EXIT Programming Mode.

  10. Test Remotes

    TEST all remotes. Programming is complete.

Programming Notes:

  • Verify the following prior to following these instructions:
    • Your vehicle is equipped with keyless entry, and
    • You have a key fob remote that is compatible with your vehicle.
  • Obtain ALL remote transmitters for this vehicle.
  • If you have a remote head key with a transponder chip, this procedure will ONLY program the remote portion. You’ll need a Professional Auto Locksmith to cut and program the transponder key that will start the vehicle.
  • If you have a remote head key without a transponder chip, this procedure WILL work for your vehicle.
  • This procedure DOES NOT work for smart proximity remote key fobs.

About Toyota Surf

The Toyota 4Runner is an SUV manufactured by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota and marketed globally since 1984, across five generations. In Japan, it was marketed as the Toyota Hilux Surf and was withdrawn from the market in 2009. The original 4Runner was a compact SUV and little more than a Toyota Hilux pickup truck with a fiberglass shell over the bed, but the model has since undergone significant independent development into a cross between a compact and a mid-size SUV. All 4Runners have been built in Japan at Toyota’s plant in Tahara, Aichi, or at the Hino Motors (a Toyota subsidiary) plant in Hamura.

For some markets, the Hilux Surf was replaced in 2005 by the similar Fortuner, which is based on the Hilux platform.

For the first generation N60 series Hilux Surf and export specification 4Runner introduced in 1983, Toyota, instead of developing an entirely new model, modified the existing Hilux (N50/N60/N70) with short-bed pickup body. The Hilux had undergone a major redesign in 1983 for the 1984 model year. Changes included the removal of the panel with integrated rear window from behind the front seats, the addition of rear seats, and a removable fiberglass canopy. The implementation was borrowed from both the second generation Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, both short-bed trucks with removable fiberglass shells over the rear sections and having bench seats installed in the back. Like the Bronco and the Blazer, the Hilux Surf/4Runner also did not have a wall attached to the front section behind front seats as the regular Hilux did. In that sense, all three vehicles were more than simply conventional pickup trucks with a fiberglass shell included.

In 1986, the Surf/4Runner underwent a major front suspension design change as it was changed from a solid front axle to the Hi-Trac independent front suspension. Track width was also increased by three inches. These changes made the trucks more comfortable on-road, and improved stability and handling. The new suspension also increased the space in the engine compartment (necessary to fit larger engines, such as the V6 introduced in 1987) but arguably decreased the truck’s off-road capabilities. The North American specification Toyota Pickup also adopted this new suspension, but the regular Hilux for other markets at this point retained the more rugged and capable, if less refined, solid axle configuration. With the 1986 update, the Surf/4Runner grille changed from the three segment type to the two segment grille. Tops were color-matched on blue, red and some gold models, while other body colors were still sold with black or white tops.

Toyota issued a second generation of Hilux Surf and 4Runner in 1989 for the 1990 model year. Known as the N120/N130 series, these models continued their reliance on the Hilux pickup as a basis. It represented a fundamental departure from the first generation model. Instead of an enhanced pickup truck with fiberglass cap, the new 4Runners featured a freshly designed, full steel integrated body mounted on the existing frame. However, the 4Runner did remain virtually identical to the Hilux from the B-pillars forward. It also gained an all new coil spring rear suspension system, which unfortunately proved to be just as prone to sagging as the leaf springs on the rear of the previous models.

The Hilux Surf version for the Japanese market was also available with a range of diesel engines, including a 2.4 L turbodiesel 2L-TE I4 up to 1993, followed by a 3.0 L turbodiesel 1KZ-TE I4. Small numbers were also made with a normally aspirated 2.8 L diesel 3L I4, a 2.0 L 3Y I4 naturally aspirated gasoline engine, and 2.4 L 22R-E I4 gasoline engine. The majority of gasoline versions of the Hilux Surf received the 3.0 L V6. Various trim levels were offered in Japan ranging from the base model ‘SSR’ through ‘SSR Ltd’, ‘SSR-V’ ‘SSR-X’ and ‘SSR-X Ltd’ to the range topping ‘SSR-G’.

Significant changes from the second generation models include a larger body on a longer wheelbase, increased interior space, increased cargo space, dual airbags, ABS, lift-up tailgate, coil-spring suspension all around, rack and pinion steering, and aerodynamic contour designed glass headlights. Additionally, Hilux Surf versions immediately moved to 16-inch wheels and gained a center differential, enabling the use of four-wheel drive on hard surfaces without complication for the first time. The prior system was retained to give on-the-fly shifting between rear- and four-wheel drive as before. The new 4Runner was also available with a factory installed selectable electric locker in the rear differential, a first for the 4Runner but available since 1993 in the Toyota Land Cruiser.

In 2009 with the end of this generation, Toyota Japan ceased production of the Hilux Surf, leaving only the 4Runner available in the subsequent model series.