How to Remove the Trim Ring on a Toyota Prius


The Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle that runs on a small four-cylinder gasoline engine for highway travel and an electric motor for slower situations. The batteries that power the electric motor in the Prius are charged while the gasoline engine is running, eliminating the need for a physical connection for recharging like most electric vehicles. The Prius comes standard with alloy wheels that have high-impact plastic trim rings held onto their outside edge with spring clips. The trim rings serve as protection for the wheels against curb scuffs, but you may like the look of the alloy wheels without the trim rings installed.

  • Place the transmission in park and set the parking brake.

  • Locate the plastic trim ring by checking the outer edge of the alloy rim.

  • Place two fingers from each hand into adjacent wheel opening holes. Grasp the inner edge of the trim ring.

  • Pull outward on the trim ring with both hands until it snaps off of the alloy wheel.

  • Repeat the steps for the other three wheels.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you live in a snowy climate, remove your trim rings to keep snow, slush, salt, and mud from collecting between the ring and the alloy wheel. If not cleaned out regularly with a high-pressure water hose, chemicals in the road slush could corrode your alloy wheels.
  • If you plan on using tire chains on your Prius, remove the trim rings, as the chains may rub against the rings and scuff them.
  • The trim ring acts as a buffer between your alloy wheels and concrete curbs. If your trim rings get damaged or scuffed, replacing the painted plastic rings will make your wheels look like new again.
  • To reinstall your trim rings, line up the notch on the inner edge of the trim ring with the valve stem on the alloy wheel, and push the trim ring into place on opposite sides of the wheel until it snaps into place.

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