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I have a 1999 toyota camry 2.2. Lost my keys but found white plastic key in owners manual. The top of the plastic key appears to have something metal in it. Is this a transponder jus needs placed in new cut key.

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Thank you for writing in, and great question. The key you found in your owner's manual is only designed to be copied. The key can then be used to open the doors, and its only purpose is to help if you get locked out. You will need to get a key made from the dealership using the key number before you can start the vehicle. The new key will have a transponder in it if your vehicle is equipped with an engine immobilizer. As you probably know, you shouldn't use the plastic key in your doors. It will need to be copied into a real key if you need to use it. The plastic key should also not be kept in the vehicle, and should be kept in a wallet or safe place in case of a lock out. Good luck! 


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