a RS3000 Alarm Remote for a 98 4Runner
Pen or Paper clip
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only. Perform at your own risk. Any mods (including this one) you perform
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Out of all my write ups, I get more questions from this write
up than any of them combined. So to clear the air, this write up is written
for my 1998 4Runner with an RS3000 remote. If you have a RS3000 alarm
system for your Camry, RAV4 or any other Toyota vehicle, I have no idea
if this will work with your vehicle.
if your remote is not black like the one pictured below, you probably
have the wrong remote. Many owners purchase the grey remote off ebay and
it doesn't work. I did that too, so I speak from experience. Thus, get
the black remote.
if your "brain unit" is not under your driver's side seat, I
have NO CLUE where it is or might be. If you download the pdf install
manual (below), the standard installation place for the RS3000 is under
your driver's seat. So I mercifully ask you not to email me "Where's
my brain unit?" because I really have no way of knowing.
This brief write up is based on reprogramming a RS3000 Remote. When I
purchased my 4Runner, it came with a faulty alarm. HaveBlue (Alan) was
selling his, so I gladly purchased it. Of course there are way better
alarms, but I just wanted one that would "plug and play". I
had some extra remotes I wanted to program so with remotes in hand and
my alarm operations manual in hand, I went out to the 4Runner.
you don't have it, here are two excellent .pdf versions of the RS3000
alarm install and RS3000 operations manuals (courtesy of HaveBlue):
alarm install manual
1: Keys, Remote, and a Pen
The first step is to locate the "brain" of the RS300 alarm system.
It should be located directly under the driver's seat. You may have
to unbolt your driver's seat to see it (picture below). Also, put your
key in the ignition and turn it to the "ON" position:
unbolted the seat, cut the zip tie, and repositioned the unit with
the green button facing towards the back of the 4Runner
your key in and turn the ignition to the "ON" position
2: Programming Time
Locate the green button on the side of the brain unit. Press the green
button on the side of the brain unit. Hold it down for about 3 seconds
and then you will see the LED on your alarm interface light up a constant
this green button...
the LED light will light up a constant red
the next 10 seconds, do the following:
the top button on your remote.
LED light should turn off (no action required here)
the key to the
remote is now reprogrammed.
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