There I fixed it... Gen 2 Manual Hatch Release Pull Mod

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by AndyZaa, Sep 2, 2021.

  1. AndyZaa

    AndyZaa Junior Member

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    It's always struck me as crazy that the manual hatch release requires you to turn yourself into a pretzel taking up the carpet and the trunk cover (while squirming around the hatch area with the parts), and then grope for the hard-to-locate release lever. I lived with it though until I began planning to use my Prii as a camper / stealth sleeper. The risk mitigator in me just shuddered at the thought of being stuck in the hatch area without a way to bail out quickly.

    I saw a couple of folks who wired up an accessory remote lock/unlock button, and one who routed a pull through the trunk cover. I wanted something that worked manually in case of electrical failure, and that didn't require disassembly every time you have to access the trunk area. So I came up with this simple quick fix.

    I looped 7 strand paracord through the existing slot in the lever. The next part is a little tricky - you have to find a spot to drill a hole in the plastic casing where the angle at which you pull the lever is smooth and results in easy movement of the latch release mechanism. The spot shown in the photo seems perfect - the latch releases easily and moves back and forth without restriction. The last two photos show the finished placement. The loop is in between the plastic casing and the trunk cover & carpet. Nothing to disassemble and the paracord is nice and slippery so a gentle pull pops the latch every time. Now I can sleep knowing I have a quick way to pop out the back easily.

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  2. bisco

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    well done!(y)
     
  3. SFO

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    There are so many stickies needed, and this is one of them (y)
     
  4. Another

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    What a great idea. Why the geniuses at Toyota could not have done this after twenty years is beyond belief.
    Only suggestion I would make is a 1" metal grommet or bushing to minimize abrasion.
     
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