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My wife accidentally tore the spoiler off the back of our 2005 Prius (long story) and now it's hanging there by just the wires running to the brake light. I don't want to drive it like this, the spoiler is either going to bounce around and scratch up the rest of the trunk lid or fall off and cause an accident. So how can I remove it while I wait for the replacement to come in?

It seems like it involves removing the black plastic cover from the interior of the car, but I'm nervous about just jamming a screwdriver in somewhere and prying until things come apart. I'm also nervous about taking it to my local dealer, they haven't earned a lot of trust in my book.

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Default Re: How replace rear spoiler?

My suggestion would be. Hit the hardware store for a role of "Duct tape" and bite the bullet driving the car while Toyota sends to Japan for the replacement parts. Duct tape is called "speed tape" in the aviation world as it is used to hold parts on actively flying aircraft.
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Actually, I managed to tie it on with some copper wire (I was a little nervous about residue from the duct tape).

But the question remains ... once I get the replacement spoiler, if it's easy to replace, I'd like to avoid having to pay the body shop to do it. I get the feeling I just pop off the interior black panel, undo a couple of screws, maybe a little caulk around the new spoiler. Or am I drastically underestimating the process?
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Default Re: How replace rear spoiler?

I'm not familiar with the process but somewhere in Prisonline is a lively discussion about the process. (Danman got his spoiler entangled with his overhead garage door.) The screws aren't as much of a problem as the mickey mouse plastic clips used by Toyota as I remember. Best left to the dealer as it's less than an hours labor. The correct color paint is the expense as I believe they only come from parts in white as does the bumper covers.
The removal of duct tape is never a problem even when left on for days in summer heat.
Check "E Bay" for a spoiler. I got one for my "Highlander" at a very reasonable price and already painted in the correct color.
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You can order the plastic keepers (there are about three different types holding things together back there). I ordered a set since I plan to hide my Sirius antenna inside the spoiler one fo these days, and I KNOW they will all jsut break off and be unusable.

Use 2" wide blue painters tape if you are worried about residue.

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Default Re: How replace rear spoiler?

I damaged the spoiler on my 2005 Prius shortly after buying it,(im too embarassed to tell you how) and have taken it of twice to "repair" it and have replaced the light fixture in it. The plastic panels come off easily with slow steady pulling and yes you can use a screw driver with caution. Take the lower one off first. In both cases one of the ''clips" broke but a replacement from the dealer was available. I would agree with checking for on line parts as they seem significantly cheaper. If you can't get a factory painted one you might get a better painting price at an independent body shop.
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I think the problem is that the spoiler is just taller than the average height garage door. I caught mine on the door and ripped it off. I tried getting a plastic welder (harbor freight #96712) but that did not work, because the abs (it's stamped on the spoiler itself that it is abs) shrank back before getting hot enough to turn into a liquid. It was also very spongy while hot. Then I remembered that black drain pipe is abs. I went to home depot and got some pvc primer (it works on abs too) and some abs glue for a grand total of $8.44. You need to make sure you match up each screw and broken piece of abs with the right indent before using primer or glue. You should orient the broken piece so you know which way it goes because you will not be able to see once the glue is applied. You need to seperate the broken piece of abs from the screw. The is also a spongy adhesive washer that you need to seperate from the abs. Then apply the primer to the screw indent in the spoiler as well as to the broken piece of abs. Then you put the screw into the indent. This reqires some force (not a lot) because the abs shrank as it cooled when it was first made, but the screw didn't. Look at the screw from the top front and side to make sure it is pointing puppendicular to the spoiler. Once this is done, you put the abs glue around the screw. Then you push the broken piece of abs onto the screw in the right indent, oriented the right way. You will need to push it into place and if you do not want black fingertips for a couple days, latex style gloves will be a big help. Make sure the broken piece is flush with the underside of the spoiler. Abs glue will harden in a matter of minutes, but I recommend you adhere to the directions which say to wait 24 hours. Abs glue is a solvent type glue which "melts" the glued pieces together into one piece which should be as stong as it was originally if there are not large gaps (as in from putting the wrong piece into the worng indent). Once it hardens it should be as good as new. The factory puts a spongy washer or silicone around the screw before installing the spoiler and I would recommend doing the same. The spongy washer you removed from the abs may be reusable, or pretty much any kind of silicone will work. Do not use a lot since the silicone is not an adhesive in this case, it is to prevent squeeking while driving. Reinstalling the spoiler should be the reverse of removal. You may need to use a wire hanger to pull the brake light connector through the tunnel in the spoiler. Once done this should save you about $400 for the part. And the dealer I went to wanted to charge $275 for labor as well.
I will update here if anything goes wrong after I reinstall the spoiler, but I don't anticipate it.
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