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I've replaced broken handles on my rear hatch twice and when the last one broke last week, I decided I wasn't giving Toyota any more money to temporarily fix it. After getting it open, I did a bit of exploring. I disconnected the release cable from the lever it's connected to and bought a 15lbs trunk release actuator from a local stereo/alarm shop ($40, probably much cheaper online). It came with a bracket and I think I have everything ready to test. I just need 1) a 12v source and 2) a place to mount it.

So.. my question is, inside the rear hatch, what's the best place to tap in to for 12v with no key in the ignition? Is there anything?
 

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Well, I found power but the actuator is underpowered and doesn't have a long enough throw. I'm pretty bummed right now. I really don't want to put a replacement Toyota part back in because 1) I'm sick of replacing it and know I will again and 2) don't want to pay them another dime if they're unwilling to fix a horribly obvious flaw. Looks like the road trip to Chicago this week will be in a rattling piece of garbage with the trim panels removed and cables dangling all over the place.
 

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Aftermarket handles can be had on eBay in both metal and plastic. They are inexpensive but I have no experience with them. Mine hasn't broken yet.
 
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