Here, thanks to Google. Don't know if it will work for the 2001 model,
but give it a try and post back with the results.
Subject: Re: Avalon door locks
Richard Freedland wrote:
Your dealer is a jerk who either doesn't know how to read or is too
lazy to once he has all your money.
Toyota P/N RM746U2, Repair Manual for 2000 Toyota Avalon, ($79)
page BE-86 says (oh, this is a beaut, haven't tried it myself):
(wait, I'm *not* going to type the page, paraphrased)
- Ignition switch on, open the closed driver's door
- Ignition switch off, insert remove key 5 times within
10 seconds. It isn't clear to me if you have to simply
remove/insert the key, or if the ignition is to be
turned on/off 5 times. It doesn't say what happens if
you do it 6 times. It says "On/Off" but you start in
the "on" position. But it does say "inserting/removing
key" and mentions you count the "unlock warning switch".
- Press the unlock side of the door lock switch 5 times
within 10 seconds
They say about 10 seconds after completing the above the
auto lock is disabled.
To enable it looks like you do the same thing only hit
the lock side of the switch.
Paid $230 to Toyota for both volumes of the Repair Manual and one
of the "Electrical Wiring Diagram" (300+ pages, color). Provides
some entertaining reading. Some sections are obviously written
by non-native English speakers. Most are quite clear. The
instructions for disabling the auto-lock appear good enough
to eventually figure it out. Without those instructions one
would never have figured it out.
David Kelly N4HHE, email@example.com
here we go - verbatim from the 01 manual
(a) To disable the auto door lock:
(1) Enter the vehicle and shut all the doors
(2) Insert the key into the ignition cylinder and turn it to the ON
position (not ACC)
(3) Open the driver's door and keep it open.
(4) Turn the key to the LOCK position and remove it from the ignition
(5) Insert the key into the ignition cylinder and remove it. Repeat this
operation three more times. (end this step with the key out of the
(6)Push the UNLOCK button on the driver's door master switch 5 times
within 10 seconds. Wait at least 10 seconds and shut the driver's door.
(7) Verify the auto lock operation has been disabled by starting the
engine, putting the vehicle into a gear and releasing the brake pedal.
So there you go. Couldn't be more clear, really. Lemee tell you, at any
given moment, you will hear at least one tech in the shop I'm at cursing
obtuse, poorly written instructions like these. But hey, you can't beat
factory instructions, huh?
And after you get the doors the way you want them, I'd print out a copy
of these instructions and hand them to the owner / most senior manager
at the dealer that gave you the quote, along with the comment that next
time you'll buy your Toyota from someone else.
I doubt it. There are routine discrepancies in identical models separated
by one year, so I would figure that a camry will probably be different.
Check your manual. I know for a fact that I have referenced owners manuals
to change that option before.
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