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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Depending upon how familiar you might be with the location of the under-hood release, you may be able to access it through the small opening between the hood and grill that follows opening the bonnet by pulling the lever under the steering wheel. A long narrow standard head screwdriver and a good light may be all that is required. That is exactly how the mechanic at the VW garage will release the hood latch.
If your not at all familiar with the hood latch, it might be useful to view the mechanism in another Passat so that you know how it functions. Less than a 5 minute job, but the dealer will likely charge about $65 to perform the task, substantially more to replace the broken mechanism.
Posted on Jul 14, 2009
Did you try with 2 people.
one guy pushes down on the hood and then pulls up after the other pulls and holds the release.
Grease the latch every so often to prevent this.
Posted on Feb 03, 2010
SOURCE: my hyundai 2006 bonnet
All in all ... not all that unusual. Get spray, white, lithium grease and lube the hood (ops ... bonnet) catch mechanism.and spray some liquid lubricant on the operating cable.
I think this will help you a lot if not eliminate the problem all together.
Posted on Feb 06, 2011
You need to lubricate your hood latch assembly. WD-40 works well for this. Spray some on and work the latch back and forth a few times with a screwdriver blade. Spray a little more on, and close the hood and see if it opens any better. You may have to repeat a couple times to get good results.
Posted on Feb 06, 2011
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