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Smart key avalon got washed. Dried it out. Car started

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Smart key for 2005 avalon got washed. Dried it out. Car started yesterday however would not today. Both days warning symbol that smart key not present came on. Anything I can do
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: NO engine does not turn over, not sure about age of battery. My husband handles all that and he is out of town on business
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Would like to , have replaced battery in key to no avail
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: xThat is it
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

It's rare that a key or fob will survive being washed and since this happened almost directly after washing the key the problem is almost surely the key itself. It's very unlikely that a failure on the vehicle would have arose at the same time.

The key is almost surely going to need to be replaced. Do you have a second key to see if it will start with that one?