Prius v: Turn Signal Mirror Install

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  1. OWG

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    OK for those that don't know about it, I am not going to re-invent the wheel. There is a (massive) post in the Prius III threads about modifying the car side view mirrors with turn signal/puddle lamp/marker lights. You can read all about it here: DIY JDM style side mirrors combo lights (Signal+Parking+Courtesy lights) | PriusChat

    What I am going to do instead is share my experience installing and point out the differences to v (lowercase v for the Prius v wagon) owners. While the v (lowercase v for the Prius v wagon) may share a lot of DNA with the Prius, I found the wiring is a different story. As I noted above though, I am not going to do a complete rewrite. I will however, happily respond to any questions.

    I had thoroughly reviewed the Prius thread and in advance of the kit coming, I started digging into the wiring to see how much was the same. None was! :(

    My first challenge was trying to find a source for wiring diagrams. I tried ebay, online auto sites, no one had the Prius v as it was too new. Finally I came upon a Toyota site that sells access to documents via subscription. I bought two days access for $15 and started digging in. Site is here and I HIGHLY recommend it if you are going to do anything to your car. It covers it all: https://techinfo.toyota.com.

    With the confidence of the documentation I started removing the trim pieces to get access to the wiring. I have attached all of the trim pieces that I needed to remove.

    Once I had access to the wiring, and the mirror, I started with the mirror disassembly. So here is my removed mirror and the new cover and light assembly:

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    Couple odd things I noticed when I took the mirrors apart. On the drivers side mirror, I had a gaping hole where the third screw for the signal was to go (on the mirror side. I ended up finding a large washer that was able to cover the hole and still help reinforce the light to the mirror. The other odd thing is that the passenger side mirror had zero adhesive.

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    In order to remove the cover from the mirror, the OP had used dimes to hold the tabs open. I found they didn't fit all tab locations so I decided to use nails instead.

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    Anyhow, got the covers off, installed the lights, threaded the wires through the housing.

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    Here is the finished product:

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    So the mirrors were pretty straight forward, but a few things I ran into:

    1. The kit comes with a short length of wire (~16") that ends in crimps for connectors. It also comes with a much longer bundle of wires (~48") that has the male connector housing for the crimps on the 16" wire as well as the matching side (female) to join the two wires. Do NOT insert the crimps on the short wire into the housing on the longer wire. You will not get the wires with connector housing attached through the mirror housing and getting the crimps out of the connector housing once you put them in is a PITA. Put the housing on once you have fed the wires through the mirror assembly and into the door (when the mirror is re-attached).
    2. Some folks had commented on their mirrors coming loose after they installed. The adhesive is not what holds the mirror (one of mine didn't even have any). There are clips that hold the mirror to the motor assembly, make sure you hear these click into place when you put the mirror back on.

    Once the mirror is back on the car, feeding through the rubber gasket to the interior of the car was real troublesome. I followed instructions from the OP and removed the loom holder, but feeding the wires was still difficult....until I realized that the rubber gasket between the door and the car comes off the car really easy. I was then able to compress the gasket like an accordian and easily thread my wires through.

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    Wiring!

    Now in the OP, most Prius owners were tapping their courtesy lights (the ones that light up outside when you walk up to the car like the dome lights) either directly into the dome lights and running wires from the headliner down the B pillar or tapping into the lines from the A Pillar. I did not want to either, and this is where the Toyota Technical Information System was well worth the $15.

    Drivers Side:

    The Drivers side turn signal and marker light connections were found on the same connection block (LR1) located behind the drivers footwell panel:

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    Pin 31 is the left turn signal and is a yellow wire. Pin 36 is the left marker light and is light green.

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    On the middle black connector of the block you can see both wires They are the thinner yellow and light green ones.

    Ground was just tied to a ground I found in the footwell connectors. I found that the majority of them seem to be white with black wires.

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    Now, for the courtesy light, I had to get way under the dash. There is an ECU just above the gas pedal. There are a number of connectors on the front (towards the seat) and a couple on the back (towards the firewall). The connection we need is on the back unfortunately. It is tight, but is doable. It is the 2A connector on the ECU and the pin we need is 52 with a pink wire. Now once you make this tap, it goes to the common (black) wire for the courtesy light.

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    Here is a pic i tried to get of it. you can just make out the splice on the pink wire. Note, you see a white wire coming out of my tap, but that is not the courtesy light wire. With all my splices, I like to use a short section of wire to make the splice, twist the actual wire to this short section, test and then solder and shrink tube the connection to make it permanent.

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    The white courtesy light lead has an easier connection. It taps into another connector in the footwell (OL1). This wire was labeled as sky blue on the schematic, but I found it was a lavender wire. In any case it is PIN 22 of this connector.

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    I also tapped both courtesy lines and ran them across to the passenger side to feed that mirror as well.

    Passenger side:

    Passengers side turn and marker lights connect into a similar connector as on the drivers side but this one is LS1 and is behind the passenger footwell panel. The Pins you need are 53 for the right hand turn signal (sky blue wire) and 68 for the marker (green). Ground just goes to a white with black wire again.

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    Here is a finished look at the drivers side:

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    Some video

    *warning - not GREAT video :p



     

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    Good job! Glad you pointed out the differences of the v.
     
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    First one to have this on the v (lowercase v for the Prius v wagon)....haha
     
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    Is it the 3rd gen kit?
     
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    Yes, same kit as used on the 3rd gen Prius
     
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    When did you install them?
     
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    I mean he is the first.....not me.
     
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    I see. I have mine installed since April.
    Even though I have my done, I still read his post with great admiration and thankful. I do realize that this took a lot of time and effort to do the research, install and taking pictures at the same time, then finally wrote and posted the whole process.
    Again, many thanks to OWG.
     
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    No trouble at all! Believe me if all did not go well, my post would have been along the lines of 'the package was lost in the mail...' :censored:
     
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    Good write-up & great info. on the technical part of the wiring which will make it so much easier for v owners:).
     
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    I am sorry about that, I didn't know you installed back in April!! ;)
     
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    No problem at all.
    I only wish that the turn signal extend out a little more because as is the other can barely see the turn signal from behind, but you can tell that they add that design on purpose but a little short on length.
     
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    I'm trying to install this right now. Where did you connect to ground? I see on on the left side of the car near the parking brake but it's very difficult to get to.
     
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    I ended up tapping into Ground wires on the harness. They were white with black stripe. Double check the wire with a continuity tester before tapping. I think all white w black stripe are ground, but testing it first will confirm.
     
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    Thanks for your help. I got that part to work. As for the puddle lights, "tight but doable" must be the understatement of the century. I don't know how you managed to tap into the pink wire. I'm not sure if I've even identified it let alone tap into it.
     
  16. OWG

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    You will need to remove the connector from the back of the ECU to really get at it. Still really tight back there though. Use a mirror to help see the wire and what you are doing (helps for removing the little yellow clip on the 2A connector as well).
     
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    Thanks for your suggestions. I'm very impressed by how you did it. I sat in that uncomfortable position for well over an hour trying to just remove that yellow clip. All I'm left with is a bunch of cuts on my hand and zero progress. Unless there's an alternate location to tap into, I'm thinking of just skipping these puddle lights, as pretty as they are.
     
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    Sorry to hear you didn't get it.

    Did you get the yellow clip off?
     
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    I ended up just using the dome light like the OP in the other thread. It was more tedious but much more doable. Thanks for your guide.
     
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