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2001 Jetta tdi hood release broken how do i get it open

I have broken the hood release handle inside the vehicle i was able to partialy release the hood, the problem now is the plastic pull release under the hood has also broken off how can i get the hood open?

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  • fpenkala Dec 16, 2008

    2004 TDI with the same problem of the broken handle, except the hood is still completely locked...

  • 240cpa May 11, 2010

    For those who have the release broken inside the car and can't get the hood open, try using pliers on the cable end and give it a good strong tug. Where the outside release has broken, you will need to find something that will reach the remaining portion of the emergency catch that will allow you to slide it so the hood opens.

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On the left side of the drivers side their is a panel with the hood release Pull off the cover of the hood release and you will see a cable connected to the hood release. take some pliers and give it a good pull.
if you dont hear a click, have someone pull the hood up while you pull on the hood release cable. next their will be little space to take off the grille for easier acces. take off the grille carefully by prying it off carefully on each side. push the grill up and pull it towards you going up then down.
Now all you have to do is stick a flathead screwdriver or philips. and on the bottom of the hood release on the hood stick the screwdriver under the release and push the screw driver down while pushing the hood up.

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