Best Automotive Plastic Pry Tools

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Best Automotive Plastic Pry Tools for Mods

Best Automotive Plastic Pry Tools for Mods

Best Automotive Plastic Pry Tools for Mods, Hands down the best Plastic Pry Tools for Car and Trucks Mods

These plastic pry tools might be the number one tool I use on the 4Runner for almost every mod. If you are looking for a universal little set of automotive tools, the plastic pry tools should be on the top of your list. A flathead screwdriver will also work for a lot of your installs but the plastic pry tools almost guarantee you don’t scratch anything.

With a brand new 4Runner or even semi late-model 4Runner, you want to keep everything looking nice. With a set of the plastic pry tools, you will do just that. Before we grabbed a set of these pry tools, I was using a flat head screwdriver for most mods.

The problem with the flathead screwdriver is that you scratch up your plastics. Whether it is the plastic tabs that hold your fender liner together or any other tab that needs to be popped, these tools always come in handy. I wish I bought these sooner for mods like the 5th Gen 4Runner fog light install we did or the wide variety of 4Runner light bulb swaps we have done.

Regardless of when you purchase a set of these, you eventually will (as we did). I thought, how bad can using a flathead be. Until I scratched the shit out of my girls 4Runner fender with a screwdriver. And then again, when I installed the vanity lights on the 4Runner, I broke a couple tabs. Now, I need to buy a new light cover for the driver vanity light. The point is, do your self a favor and buy a set of these. This set of plastic pry tools is less than $20 I think.

It will save you a few headaches in the future. We started this blog as a trial and error resource for everything 5th Gen 4Runner. Literally, every experience we have with the 4Runner, we try to blog about it. This is one of those experiences that need to be documented.

Grab a set of these Pry Tools

I like the red set the best because it comes in this little case that you can close up. The blue set also comes with a case. The orange (cheapest) set does not. I hate not being organized so the orange set was out for me. But, the orange set of plastic pry tools is a really good deal.

Multiple Options for Plastic Pry Tools

Great for Fog Light Install

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #3 - Pop Tabs on Top Fender Liner (Gently)

You can see here, I used a screwdriver. It would have been a much better idea if I used the plastic pry tools as this would not have scratched up the 4Runner inner liner as much as it did.

The foglight install requires you to access your fog light assembly through lifting your fender liner. With the help of the plastic pry tools,  you will likely be safe from large scuffs and scratches from an oversized flathead screwdriver. A few of the plastic pry tools have larger heads that fit into and through these tabbed sections allowing you easier access to lift the fender liner.

Interior Lights

For all interior lights, these pry tools are incredibly handy. Like I mentioned above, I broke the vanity light cover tabs off and now I need a new one. With the plastic pry tools, you will have a perfectly fitting end that is a bit more forgiving when you go to pry things apart. With the other end of the plastic pry tools, you can pop the interior light bulb covers back into place much easier than with a flathead screwdriver or any other tool.

Exterior Lights

For exterior lights as well, these pry tools come in handy. Instead of using a metal flathead screwdriver, these pry tools are much more forgiving on your exterior lights. If you want to take care of your 4Runner and not break anything, these plastic tools will help. With some of the exterior lights, you have a thin layer of housing that sucks down to another portion of the housing. With the pry tools, you can gently slide one end in, while prying the other end up with your hand. All of this allows you the ability to not scratch your 4Runner.

Release Automotive Tabs

Rear Hatch & Cargo 4Runner LED Light #3 - A Better View of the Tab Inside

The blue set of the plastic pry tools is a smaller set of pry tools we have. This set is a little more detailed than the orange set of pry tools. With this set, you can get to smaller, hard to reach areas like the inteior lights on the 5th Ge.

In our 4Runner, it seems like everything is held together by a tab. The go-to option here is again a flathead screwdriver. I can’t explain how many tabs I have broken on our 4Runner with a flathead. It might be a lack of patience as I am in always in a hurry to do everything. But, after getting these pry tools, I have not broken a single tab. I am honestly pretty proud of that.

Delicate in Tight Spots

Plastic Trim Removal Tools - 5th Gen 4Runner Roof Rack

This is another set of plastic trim removal tools from a submission we had a while back. The plastic trim tools were used here to delete the 4Runner roof rack and then black it out.

When you need to get into tight spots on the 4Runner or in your 4Runner, these pry tools kick ass. Whether you are inside you 4Runner, tucked in the engine bay or underneath your 4Runner, these tools will come in handy. I could list a good amount of reasons why these tools are so great but you get the point.

What other tools are a must-have for working on your 4Runner?

Yota Fam, what else are you using? Are you using anything that we should be talking about? What is your go-to automotive tool for your 4Runner? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think about these tools or your go-to tool! Cheers!

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