Rear trunk release button mod from inside.

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by Kaptainkid1, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. Kaptainkid1

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    So I go camping in my Prius time to time and I hate I can not open the back trunk from the inside. So I installed a quick release button. I saw a write up and a youtube video for 3rd Gen but nothing for the 2nd Gen work horse. Here is my how to write up.

    So I bought a cheap ebay horn switch or momentary on switch.
    Connect one end of the switch to red wire found under trunk trim. Check photo for location.

    Then the ground end from switch to the white wire on lead wire in trunk release lead.
    Make sure you attach connectors between the switch and original wire leads in trunk. This will allow you to pull the trunk trim if you need to do other work. Also the trim panel won't be permanently attached to trunk hatch.

    The yellow horn switch uses a 3/8 drill bit. I drilled a hole by the trunk handle shown in photos. Connect all the wires and close up trim panels.

    Now you have a quick release inside if you sleep in the Prius when camping. No more exiting from the side doors.
    Smash if you like it!!!!


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    SM-A526U ?
     
    #1 Kaptainkid1, Jun 16, 2021
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    brilliant! i don't understand why Toyota didn't think to put an inside switch, or handle
     
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    For those of you who dont want to cut the wires, I know for a fact a plug-in-play option is coming.
     
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    And how would one find out about it when it arrives?
     
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    either when I post here or if you receive my Prius newsletter through my blog. black.jmyntrn.com
     
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    Nice blog
     
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    is it not so that your groceries / sports gear wont accidentally bump the switch and pop your hatch on the highway?
     
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    Easily fixed with placement of release.
    Also, does the external release button work when the car is in other than Park?
     
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