Steering wheel bubble

Discussion in 'Prime Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Markelli, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. Markelli

    Markelli New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2020
    24
    2
    0
    Location:
    South Florida
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    What is the best product or way to fix this. I know the steering wheel is not leather. I’ve dried a hair dryer to no effect. Is there a product anyone can recommend? Thanks much!
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Georgina Rudkus

    Georgina Rudkus Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2018
    1,301
    1,068
    0
    Location:
    Taylors, SC
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Two
    I wrapped the plastic steering wheel on my Prius v 8 years ago and never looked back. It is as close to OEM quality as you can get. It is as good as the day I put it on.



    The only issue is that doing it right took more than two hours and a lot of patience.
     
  3. Markelli

    Markelli New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2020
    24
    2
    0
    Location:
    South Florida
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced

    Thank you but my steering wheel is heated and I’d hate to lose that functionality is there any other options I see some kids at AutoZone that repair leather etc. has anyone had any luck with those?
     
  4. Georgina Rudkus

    Georgina Rudkus Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2018
    1,301
    1,068
    0
    Location:
    Taylors, SC
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Two
    That's the point. Heat, either from the heater or the Florida sun and VU kill plastic.
     
  5. Markelli

    Markelli New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2020
    24
    2
    0
    Location:
    South Florida
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    There has to be a way to smooth out the plastic bubble somehow
     
  6. Raytheeagle

    Raytheeagle Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2016
    10,800
    14,795
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area, California
    Vehicle:
    2019 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Plus
    You could poke it with a pin and then glue it;).

    One option(y).
     
  7. Georgina Rudkus

    Georgina Rudkus Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2018
    1,301
    1,068
    0
    Location:
    Taylors, SC
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Two
    Use a hypodermic needle, and inject a small amount of glue into the void.
     
  8. Markelli

    Markelli New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2020
    24
    2
    0
    Location:
    South Florida
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    interesting idea, I doubt I’m handy enough to try that lol
     
  9. Markelli

    Markelli New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2020
    24
    2
    0
    Location:
    South Florida
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    Ok got a new steering wheel! Now is there a wrap anyone knows that allows the heated steering wheel to still work?
     

    Attached Files:

  10. Andyprius1

    Andyprius1 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2013
    2,327
    858
    1
    Location:
    Cool CA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    I didn’t even know I had a heated steering wheel! But while we are speaking of that area.... I like the horn to tap easily and use it often for signaling pedestrians. It used to be that the horn ring came off easily and adjustment was quite easy. This is my 4th Prius and I am always fearful of loosening, pulling or prying anything on these plastic cars. Does that horncover pull off easily and is there an adjustment underneath.
    I have applied mild pressure but nothing happens. TY
     
  11. jerrymildred

    jerrymildred Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2016
    9,290
    11,332
    0
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    If you still have the Base Model, you don't have a heated steering wheel. Neither do I.

    As for the horn, I can't say for sure. But I have had that stuff off on a Gen 2 to replace the clockspring. It required removing some trim and some screws to get it off. I didn't notice any adjustment. But then, the Gen 4 could be very different.
     
  12. Kenny94945

    Kenny94945 Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2016
    658
    338
    0
    Location:
    Sausalito
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Four
    From the photo I do not see a bubble, I see a cut.
    If a bubble, the needle and glue IMO is the best repair attempt.
    If a cut, the are leather bonding kits that you maybe able to blend in.
    A heat gun will be a tool asset for both repair attempts.

    Depending on your OCD :) , a replacement steering wheel maybe the only superior fix.
    And FWIW, drive naked, remove rings or wear gloves... half serious comment :)

    Good luck wished.
     
Loading...