Replacing a cracked front turn signal housing in a 2010.

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by Boffin, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Boffin

    Boffin Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2017
    40
    63
    0
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    The official manual claims you need to remove the front bumper to do this.

    You don't.

    1) Remove the wheel on the side of the broken turn signal. (Obviously, you'll need to jack up this side of the car to do this)
    2) Remove the wheel well liner. A few 10 mm bolts, but mostly plastic fasteners that can be removed with a couple of small, flat bladed screwdrivers. I only needed to free up the front of the liner. It's plastic and once you've removed enough of those fasteners, it'll fold out of the way nicely.
    3) Scrooch under the car and pull the 10mm nut holding the fog lamp (or the cover for the non existent fog lamp). This cover can stay in place, but it makes things a bit easier to pop it out now. Unclip the wire going to the turn signal light. You'll have to pull back the plastic claws that hold it in place, but this isn't too hard.
    4) The turn signal housing is clipped into the bumper by 3 clips on its corners. Bend the clips inwards (strong fingers or a screwdriver) and work the housing out. BTW, every time I get up close and personal with the underside of a car, dirt invariably rains down on my face. A good pair of safety glasses is pretty much a must.

    Replacement is the reverse of removal, and easier, too. The new housing just snaps in, as does the wire to the turn signal bulb. Remember to replace the fog light or fog light cover, and replace the 10mm bolt holding it all together. Then do the same for the wheel liner and wheel, lower the car, and you've just saved yourself around $100 - $200 in body shop labor.
     
  2. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Sand Pounder

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    45,462
    32,459
    80
    Location:
    Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Touring
    Thanks for this. (y)

    I always think if the Repair Manual was telling you how to pee, it would require removing your pants. :rolleyes:
     
    RMB and Raytheeagle like this.
  3. Raytheeagle

    Raytheeagle Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2016
    11,176
    15,297
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area, California
    Vehicle:
    2019 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Plus
    They would have a illustrated diagram too:oops:.
     
    RMB, Grit, CR94 and 3 others like this.
  4. FnRedPrius

    FnRedPrius Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2019
    100
    119
    0
    Location:
    Pilot, NC
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    Left or Right handed threads and would a torque wrench be involved?
     
    Raytheeagle and Mendel Leisk like this.
  5. FnRedPrius

    FnRedPrius Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2019
    100
    119
    0
    Location:
    Pilot, NC
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    Ok, I forgot the Anti-Sieze.
     
    CR94 likes this.
  6. PriusLarry

    PriusLarry New Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2019
    1
    1
    0
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    Thanks for posting this. You likely saved me some work.

    I found I didn't even need to remove the wheel, jack up the car, or climb under it. I just removed the engine under cover bolt and clip (as shown in the Owner's Manual for replacing the bulb) and the one pin and screw from the front of the wheel well, all while sitting on the ground next to the car. That got me enough access to replace the turn signal assembly.

    Unfortunately the one I bought wouldn't go all the way in. I bought an NSF certified TYC part from RockAuto listed for my 2010 Prius, but the "washer" attached at the base of the stud that holds the nut was too large (much larger than on the original part) to fit into the hole in the plastic that's part of the fog light cover, so the lens protruded a bit from the front of the bumper. I ground the washer down with a Dremel until it would fit in the hole, and then it worked fine.
     
    Robert Holt likes this.
  7. Grit

    Grit Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2017
    5,302
    3,735
    1
    Location:
    Wilkes Land
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
    RMB and Raytheeagle like this.
  8. Taxi/Limo

    Taxi/Limo Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2016
    310
    91
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    I hope this thread isn't dead I need to replace the front left turn signal on my 2010
    Do I need to replace the grey piece that is under it too or can I keep the grey piece that is on there ?
    Thanks
     
  9. Boffin

    Boffin Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2017
    40
    63
    0
    Location:
    Maryland
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    Taxi/Limo,

    I didn't replace mine, and a year later, no problems.
     
    Taxi/Limo likes this.
  10. ASRDogman

    ASRDogman Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2018
    3,718
    2,226
    0
    Location:
    Florida
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    The grey piece is where the fog lights go. It's just a cover plate if you don't have fog lights


     
    Taxi/Limo likes this.
  11. Taxi/Limo

    Taxi/Limo Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2016
    310
    91
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    Thanks guys
    What is a good source to buy a turn signal assembly good quality ?
     
  12. ASRDogman

    ASRDogman Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2018
    3,718
    2,226
    0
    Location:
    Florida
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    I would check online for different junk yards around the states.
    I'm certain one of them has one.

     
  13. Hairy Cannonball

    Hairy Cannonball New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2021
    11
    5
    0
    Location:
    South Dakota
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    I know this is an old post, just wanted to thank you for the information. Easy peasy!!! Why anyone would remove the whole bumper cover to do this is beyond me.
     
  14. Hairy Cannonball

    Hairy Cannonball New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2021
    11
    5
    0
    Location:
    South Dakota
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    Again, i know this is an old post, and I assume you, by now, found a suitable turn signal assembly. I will offer this, new, from the dealer, the genuine Toyota part is not expensive, is original genuine quality, and obviously perfect fit.
     
Loading...