At risk of ridicule -- how to get paper out?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by EastR, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. EastR

    EastR Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2011
    80
    9
    0
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Three
    I store papers in the compartment beneath the CD changer on my 2006. Today one of the papers fell in the opening between the top of the compartment (see arrow). Any idea how to get it out without taking apart the dash?
     

    Attached Files:

  2. ChapmanF

    ChapmanF Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2008
    9,357
    6,879
    0
    Location:
    Indiana, USA
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    IV
    Ok, I've never owned a Gen 2, or the Gen 2 repair manual, but it sure looks like that compartment might come out much the same way the same compartment on a Gen 1 does. I made a video that shows that for a Gen 1. It's the first thing out in the video, no need to watch the rest.

    Look around for similar little clips on the bottom and see if it will pop out the same way:



    Just don't get too brute-forcey if it doesn't come out easily that way, 'cause there's a perfectly good chance it isn't exactly like Gen 1 and there's some other step. There's always the repair manual in that case.

    -Chap
     
  3. andrewclaus

    andrewclaus Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    993
    314
    0
    Location:
    Golden, CO
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    You have to first remove the panel under the steering column, then the two vent assemblies each side of the radio, then the MFD, then you'll have access to the radio. Search for dashboard removal, you'll find instructions and probably video.
     
  4. ChapmanF

    ChapmanF Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2008
    9,357
    6,879
    0
    Location:
    Indiana, USA
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    IV
    Are you sure all that has to come out before the compartment the papers slipped over?
     
  5. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    39,892
    28,414
    80
    Location:
    Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Touring
    BTW: is this the fabled hidden compartment?
     
  6. andrewclaus

    andrewclaus Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    993
    314
    0
    Location:
    Golden, CO
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Someone may know a way to attack it from below the dash, but I've never needed to.

    Except for the MFD which has four 12mm machine screws, and a phillips or two on the lower panel, it's all snap-on and takes minutes, at least the second time. I did a bit of radio work last year and got pretty fast at it.
     
  7. EastR

    EastR Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2011
    80
    9
    0
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Three
    Unfortunately the lost paper from a few months ago seems to have found a way into the vents/blowers. A loud clicking noise (see video below) now comes -only- when I turn the A/C vent fan on recirculate (not on outside air). It is intermittent but loud. I took off the dash panel today and still can't diagnose the location of the problem. Any help would be much appreciated!

     
  8. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    88,212
    39,362
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    have you looked under the cabin filter?
     
  9. JC91006

    JC91006 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2013
    14,220
    6,974
    0
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    V
    Put your hands in the fan (while the car is off) and see if you can get the paper. The fan is the big giant hole under the cabin air filter
     
    Raytheeagle and Mendel Leisk like this.
  10. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    39,892
    28,414
    80
    Location:
    Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Touring
    Somehow it doesn't sound like paper, though I could be wrong...
     
  11. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    88,212
    39,362
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    baseball card?
     
    Mendel Leisk likes this.
  12. EastR

    EastR Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2011
    80
    9
    0
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Three
    I will try to look under the fan. Somehow it must have been pulled in from the small compartment below the MFD. It’s a piece of paper about 5”x7”. Could also be something else but the noise has gotten more frequent over the past month.
     
  13. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    88,212
    39,362
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    if it is not in the fan area, you might have to dismantle the dash.
     
  14. EastR

    EastR Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2011
    80
    9
    0
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Three
    No luck on reaching inside the fan under the cabin air filter. Where the video is pointed toward the white plastic is where the vibration feels the strongest.
     
  15. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    88,212
    39,362
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    it's probably caught somewhere, and flapping in the breeze.
     
  16. EastR

    EastR Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2011
    80
    9
    0
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Three
    The strange part is it only happens when air is recirculating but not when set to pull air in from outside.
     
    Mendel Leisk likes this.
  17. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    88,212
    39,362
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    that is odd, it must be caught in the intake for the cabin air.
     
  18. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    40,925
    12,468
    41
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    You should head over to the audio section and look for people replacing the head units - that way you can see a DIY on how to remove the panels.

    I looked into my archives and this is the closest one I can find - see attached PDF.

    The passenger side can be removed mostly without tools like a screwdriver.
     

    Attached Files:

    Raytheeagle likes this.
Loading...