Temporary Fix-- Broken Trunk Latch

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

  1. Prius_Angie

    Prius_Angie Active Member

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    OK, on a recently purchased 2005 Prius I (245k miles) I found many things that required fixing, to include a broken trunk latch. The previous owner had delayed a permanent fix and opted to rigger tape it multiple layers but that was only temporary as time and harsh elements wore it down. In less than a week, the latch was bouncing in the wind and I was forced to fix it sooner than later. I believe there are many levels of BROKEN, this was already broken but I could potentially worsen the broken; thus can be fixed for short term but later will require a more permanent fix with a good functioning part.

    OPTIONS--- Time to take it a few steps better than temporary—for now.
    A- Amazon reveals a used piece for $150
    B- $5-jerry-rig with drill & new nut/bolts.
    C- junk yard find

    I entered through the trunk trim, removing the plastic molding to expose panel access. 5 plastic tabs kept that original piece attached; but opted to affix only 2 new bolts. Bad Toyota design to connect metal and hard plastic. A second look revealed that the previous owner had already glued the bits 2-4 times over. I integrate some soft bushings, by recycling some rubber from a clear hose. I looked into using round-headed bolts but couldn't find any at the 3" length; now I'm reduced to exposed Philips head tips. Problem now is that mischievous-pedestrians now have access to mess with the bolts. Mavi mentions that coloring/subduing them could make them look much less visible/attractive to pedestrians. The bushing allows for expansion/contraction with the weather and not forcing you to constantly make bolt adjustments with screw driver.

    Its been functioning & weather proof now for 2 months. Just yesterday I turned a screwdriver 1/8 turn on the left bolt; otherwise they hold well for a temporary fix. Warning, do avoid "heave-ho-ing" on the latch though. To reduce stress on the lever, I started opening it with both hands; one initiating the mechanism & other hand lifting the trunk from the lower lip.
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    This is a mod we carry out on our fleet to prevent the above issue - our vehicle hatch doors are opened 30-40 times a night with zero failures after this mod. Note the new aftermarket LED license plate lamp installed, this was installed as the original globes also suffer a high failure rate from having the door slammed all night. Although i wasn't concerned about the original plate lights when I made these "Daza" bars you could move the angle iron inwards further to allow better light throw or drill some holes in it. Once painted you don't even notice it's there and as you can only get your fingers in there to push the release button all of the weight is taken by the bar. 10mm round bar & 30x30mm angle iron picking up the license plate bolt holes.
     

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    ohhhh... i like that, i like that a lot.
    permanent fix looks really sturdy.
    the key is that one can still maneuver into the trunk with only one hand
    reminds me of my kitchen cabinet handle when i reach for some plates ; )

    thanks for sharing Jas
    you are giving me motivation to re-tackle the latch with something more permanent
     
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    UPDATE.
    Revisiting an old project due to some freed up time.
    from a local junkyard, i got hold of a $25 replacement rear hatch latch part
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    I removed the old latch part to replace with the new used part
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    transferred rubber button from the old latch to the new latch; new latch had a defective melted rubber unit
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    reseated the rubber seals to the latch; now all back to full sturdy functionality but with a dissimilar silver color
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    well done! thanks for the pics and write up.(y)
     
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    Nice job! Well done, thanks for the description and all the pics! I think the piece you replaced is known as the "garnish" (…no shit?) When I close the hatch on my 2009 Gen II (Touring) I've developed the habit of pressing down on the "garnish" just above the Toyota logo, instead of using the spoiler (…after reading about their propensity to snap off! :eek: (…see other threads here on PriusChatte), and the "Touring" spoiler is slightly bigger, so provides more leverage etc.etc.
     
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