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    Hello,
    I ordered my 2010 Venza with a smart key option and I am STILL awaiting for it delivery. As I was talking to my wife about it, we got a few questions about the Venza smart key that I hope you guys can answer.

    1) Does it warn you when the smart key battery is low?

    2) Does the Venza equipped with smart key has a traditional ignition key hole somewhere? If not, how do you lock the glove box for valet parking? I can't seem remember if I see any ignition key on the steering column when I test drove the car.

    3) How do you get into the car or start the car when you are out and the key are soaked in the rain (I have been caught out in the rain a few time and I am not sure if the smart key fob is water proof)?

    I probably will in the answer in a month when I take delivery of the car but I am just curious about how that key supposed to work.

    Thanks.
    Paul

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    #1 Yes..an alarm will sound in the cabin when the engine stops.
    #2 To open the door : yes.
    To start the car:No
    #3 I don't know.
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    For #3, you don't even need to take the fob out of your pocket. The back of the outside door handle has a sensor, and all you need to do is grip the handle and the door unlocks. If you touch the front grooved part of the handle when you exit the vehicle, the doors lock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PA Venza View Post
    For #3, you don't even need to take the fob out of your pocket. The back of the outside door handle has a sensor, and all you need to do is grip the handle and the door unlocks. If you touch the front grooved part of the handle when you exit the vehicle, the doors lock.
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    Thank you for answering the questions. So, they do give you the traditional key for the door and the glove box (to lock the glove box & for valet parking). I guess I should stock up on a couple spare smart remote batteries just in case we are away from home.

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    The "traditional" key is actually part of the fob. There's a button on the side that you press, and the key slides out. Since there's no key slot to start the car, I think you need to give the valet the whole fob. Also, I'd have to check but I don't think the glove box locks. Maybe wrong on that one.

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    The rear door buttons don't work if the fob is not working.
    The mechanical key is released from the smartkey fob at the press of a recessed button and used for entrance through the driver's door only. There is no key lock on my glove compartment door. I don't think that the smartkey has a valet option. If the smartkey key battery is depleted, the smart key can be used to start the engine by touching the emblem side to the stop/start button and operating the normal start sequence within ten seconds (as described in the manual). If the smartkey fob is not active due to water damage, I would suspect that the emergency start procedure described previously, may not work if parts of the fob's circuitry are compromised.

    Your second fob may help if available. The batteries will last 1 to 2 years whether in the fob or lying around in your storage, so don't buy them too early. Has anyone replaced batteries yet (my Venza is just a year old as of yesterday).

    Cheers!
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    Your second fob may help if available. The batteries will last 1 to 2 years whether in the fob or lying around in your storage, so don't buy them too early. Has anyone replaced batteries yet (my Venza is just a year old as of yesterday).

    Cheers![/QUOTE]

    I haven't but I would like to know if I can to it myself, and how to do it?

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    I changed my Smart key fob battery for the first time last week. The car was purchased May 2009, so I nearly got three years. The second fob (the wife's) was still OK, but I changed it at the same time. The batteries are easy to change (and reasonably priced). To get at the battery, just pop out the mechanical key and use it pop open the plastic fob, and the printed circuit board with the battery on is easily accessible. I wish I could say the same with replacing the board and snapping the fob back together, as it is a tight fit and needs to be carefuly aligned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanesfield View Post
    I changed my Smart key fob battery for the first time last week. The car was purchased May 2009, so I nearly got three years. The second fob (the wife's) was still OK, but I changed it at the same time. The batteries are easy to change (and reasonably priced). To get at the battery, just pop out the mechanical key and use it pop open the plastic fob, and the printed circuit board with the battery on is easily accessible. I wish I could say the same with replacing the board and snapping the fob back together, as it is a tight fit and needs to be carefuly aligned.

    Cheers!
    Thanks Deanesfield

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    I know your question is older, but i'm just now getting into the forums. I've owned my Venza for two years now and have not had to replace the batteries in either fob. Everyone answered your questions on entry and starting the car, but I thought I could offer experience on the fobs being waterproof. My fob almost never leaves my pocket, and I've accidentally washed the same fob twice. Both times I pulled it out of the washer and it immediately worked to lock and unlock the car. I have not had any problems with water damage.

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