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Trunk lid is very stiff to open/close

2003 Jetta TDI Automatic -- the trunk lid takes two hands to raise and a heavy hand to close. WD-40 does nothing. Dealer says I need to replace the entire mechanism for approximately $400. Any other solutions?

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  • mkhart2 Jan 11, 2009

    My 2003 Jetta has the same problem. It takes major muscles to open and close, and WD-40 does not fix it. If you are able to fix yours on your own please let me know how. I want to avoid paying $400 at the dealer. Thanks!

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    One day I opened the trunk and the trunk release module (?) was just hanging from the trunk lid. I found no screws although it looks like it was attached by 3. I asked my mechanic to fix it he cut the wire it was hanging by and handed it to me when I came back.


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The hinges should be painted because they come bare metal and will rust again.

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Take out the shocks/springs

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The hinges for the trunk will need replacing. not the shocks. about $60 a piece from VW. do it yourself about 4 bolts. just get someone to hold the trunk for you. its not necessary to paint the new hinges

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