Toyota Repair Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hello, and welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you.
Before you get it towed, do this for me: With the battery connected, insert the key in the ignition, and cycle it to the ON position (when the dash lights come on; not to 'start'), and then to the OFF position. Cycle the key on-off 5 times. Then try to start the car.
Please advise me of what happens.
Just tried the procedure you outlined. It did not work. When the battery was reconnected the alarm started blaring at normal strength. Cycled the key to on position only 5 times, then tried to start. The alarm stopped momentarily, fan was turning, starter motor clicking, but I believe there was not enough power in the battery left to crank the engine.
Thanks for yr response. Have not recharged the battery. It is already approximately 3 years old so the answer might be to just replace it. It did not give any signs of failing but maybe the alarm system going haywire is the sign!
Excellent Idea to replace the battery. While you are there, please consider getting a new battery for your keyfob, too.
It is rare that the factory alarms fail. More often than not, the keyfobs, and/or their batteries fail first.