Toyota Prius Owners Manual
To open the hood:
1. Pull the hood lock release lever. Thehood will spring up slightly.
Before driving, be sure that the hoodis closed and securely locked. Otherwise,the hood may open unexpectedlywhile driving and an accident mayoccur.
2. In front of the vehicle, pull up theauxiliary catch lever and lift thehood.
3. Hold the hood open by inserting thesupport rod into the slot.
Before closing the hood, check to see thatyou have not forgotten any tools, rags,etc. and return the support rod to itsclip—this prevents rattles. Then lower thehood and make sure it locks into place.If necessary, press down gently on thefront edge to lock it.
After inserting the support rod intothe slot, make sure the rod supportsthe hood securely from falling downon to your head or body.
Be sure to return the support rod toits clip before closing the hood. Closingthe hood with the support rodinserted into the slot could cause thehood to bend.