Originally Posted by fc3s7
You can see my fingernail removing the metal band around the back of the lock cylinder here. Metal band removed. The black button was already pushed in this photo - where the aluminum lock bits are in the pic, that's where the black button was. It's a black plastic button, BTW.
Just wanted to say thank you to Dale for the pics and good write up.
I locked the keys in the trunk of my SC300. The AAA guy managed to get the door opened but that immediately set off the alarm and really locked the trunk down.
I tried going through the rear center speaker (nice pics here if you were wondering how to get the cover off.. http://www.lexls.com/tutorials/light...stoplight.html
) but there was still a lot of material that would have needed to have been removed / damaged. Note -- you'll need a 10mm socket to remove the 4x bolts holding the speaker down. BTW - for those that don't know the fuel tank extends upwards behind the rear seat and it looks like the fuel sending unit is right under the speaker. Sooo... removing the rear seat and thinking you will quickly get into the trunk is not a really a option.
I eventually resigned myself to getting a key cut until I read Dales post.
I had left the battery disconnected overnight (about 12 hours) and when I put the power back on the alarm did NOT go off. My previous attempts at re-powering after 10 minutes disconnected just resulted in a lot of noise --- did you know there are THREE different horns on an SC300!! Anyway, there must be some amount of time with the battery disconnected that will reset the alarm system.
Using Dales pics as a guide I unscrewed three Phillips screws and removed the bottom trim panel (there is a rear clip that just slips over the steering column shaft). Two screws to remove the hood release and got it out of the way. Then I pulled the soft pad directly to the left side of the steering column - it had 4 small clips and came off fairly easily. That left three screws holding lower trim panel (one was under that left soft pad so you do need to remove the pad). With that I was able to get the lower panel pulled out enough to gain access to the valet key lock and using Dale's instructions released it. And since the alarm was no longer active I simple pulled the trunk release switch and got my keys back!
What did I learn? Lexus security is awesome and frustrating - three horns!! After some amount of time with the battery disconnected the alarm will reset itself and your trunk switch will eventually work (as long as you haven't pressed IN the valet button). Dales pics are worth a thousand words if you need to release that valet button without a key --- and all you need is a Phillips screwdriver to get there. Forget going through the rear speaker to gain access to the trunk, it's way more work and will probably do some damage. I definitely need a spare key. Lastly, don't leave the beer in the trunk!
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