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    DIY- Stuck Hood Release

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    This is a diy on how to get a hood open that is stuck closed.

    I realized I had this problem when I pulled the tab in the cabin, and it had no tension on it. Nor did it release the pull tab on the front of the car. With help from people on here I was able to get the hood back open. Here are the steps that I took.

    The problem that I had was that the hood latch cord had fallen off where it attaches to the assembly. Here is what it looked like from underneath the car, looking up. I looked in between the radiator and the block.



    Here is what it should look like on the car.








    I used a re-bar rod that i picked up from home depot for $3.00 that work perfectly. Its exactly 3ft long and was the perfect length.



    It was just a little skinner than my index finger.



    At this point you will have to put the car up on jack stands to have enough clearance to get under the car and be able to work.





    Snake it through the gaap (sorry accounting joke) between the front bumper and the engine block. I slide it up between the snub mount and where my passenger intercooler used to be.



    Here is a view from out side of the car where is needs to be at.






    When the rod is in place you will want to push on the metal nub that the hood latch wire should be attached to. You will push with a decent amount of force on the tab toward the driver side of the car.



    When you get it to pop you will know it by the sound and travel in the rod.

    Hope this helps somebody. Sorry for the drawing on the page just got a little bored and was making this up while talking on the phone.
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    Re: DIY- Stuck Hood Release

    This thread has nothing to do with me, but it deserves mad rep for the illustrations haha. good work.

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    Re: DIY- Stuck Hood Release

    I thought maybe his son or daughter go the pics before the upload

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    just wow
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    Re: DIY- Stuck Hood Release

    Last time I checked...

    You win.

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    Hahahahahahaha you should redo all DIYs with your crazy (possibly drunken) illustrations.
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    Win! No more, no less
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    Re: DIY- Stuck Hood Release

    Can you tell I was a little bored last night?
    4:11 posi track out back, 750 double pumper, edelbrock intakes, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop up pistons, turbo jet 390 horse power, where talking some fucking muscle!!

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    I do quite enjoy this one as well, great stuff!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shorterthanrich View Post
    Last time I checked...

    You win.
    lol good stuff
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    uve just educated potential car thieves on how to get into our bay. thanks a lot lol.

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    thank you for an absurdly entertaining diy.... but I learned nothing.
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    Oh man, this is amazing lol

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    Well if your hood ever gets stuck shut please don't reference my post.
    4:11 posi track out back, 750 double pumper, edelbrock intakes, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop up pistons, turbo jet 390 horse power, where talking some fucking muscle!!

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    Thanx a million 2kblacks4! I can confirm this method works! Just opened my hood today using the rundown from 2k. Sweet as, took about 1.5 hours all together jacking up the car, rigging up the lights etc. and I can say my situation was the same. The cable had simply become unseated from its normal position. So a little bending of the cable to make it more straight (was sticking out a little) and a squirt of WD40, good as new!

    Nice one 2k

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    I missed this thread the 1st time around but it made me lol just now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTroutmaster View Post
    Sweet as, took about 1.5 hours all together jacking up the car, rigging up the lights etc. and I can say my situation was the same.
    You must be from New Zealand.
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    Glad I could help.
    4:11 posi track out back, 750 double pumper, edelbrock intakes, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop up pistons, turbo jet 390 horse power, where talking some fucking muscle!!

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    hahahahaha, Educational and hilarious!
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    funny as hell and you just saved me a headache.. thanks

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    I was trying to follow this DIY, but I am not able to follow completely. Additionally, the images are a bit fuzzy.
    My issue is that my latch from inside the car opens the hood, but the release on the hood is stuck.
    I am unable to figure out how to use the rod properly.

    Any information would greatly be appreciated, or clearer pics.
    Thanks!!

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    Veteran Member Three Rings 2kblacks4's Avatar
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    Yea sorry about the pics they were from my bb. Ill try and update them someday.

    What you need to do is pull off your belly pan and get the car up high enough to get under it. then coming from the passenger side of the car, using the thin rod go up through the engine bay between the engine block and the bumper. If you start over near the passenger side intercooler and snub mount it should allow you to have enough room to push the latch far enough over toward the driver side to open the hood release. The first 4 pictures show where you have to push. If you can wait till I get home ill snap some better ones for you.

    To better explain what you need to push you have to better understand how the hood release works. It is a cable that pulls a arm that release the latch. What you are doing it pushing the latch because the cable has come off.
    4:11 posi track out back, 750 double pumper, edelbrock intakes, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop up pistons, turbo jet 390 horse power, where talking some fucking muscle!!

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    Just make sure to remove any remaining tools from under the hood before you close it. Just ask the dent sticking out of my hood how I know...

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    LOL, I love the mspaint work you did there, but you do realize there is a text function as well?

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    That would of not been any fun, now would it?
    4:11 posi track out back, 750 double pumper, edelbrock intakes, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop up pistons, turbo jet 390 horse power, where talking some fucking muscle!!

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    This thread is amazing... and informative! I'll know what I need to do if I ever have this problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2kblacks4 View Post
    Yea sorry about the pics they were from my bb. Ill try and update them someday.

    What you need to do is pull off your belly pan and get the car up high enough to get under it. then coming from the passenger side of the car, using the thin rod go up through the engine bay between the engine block and the bumper. If you start over near the passenger side intercooler and snub mount it should allow you to have enough room to push the latch far enough over toward the driver side to open the hood release. The first 4 pictures show where you have to push. If you can wait till I get home ill snap some better ones for you.

    To better explain what you need to push you have to better understand how the hood release works. It is a cable that pulls a arm that release the latch. What you are doing it pushing the latch because the cable has come off.
    Here is my dilemma, I was lucky to open the hood only to have to close it back shortly since I wasn't home when I did it.
    I managed to capture a short video of what is happening under there.


    Is there anything I can do to fix it, the next time I get it open?
    Last edited by tuntsfaah; 08-24-2011 at 06:45 AM. Reason: switched video streamer

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuntsfaah View Post
    Here is my dilemma, I was lucky to open the hood only to have to close it back shortly since I wasn't home when I did it.
    I managed to capture a short video of what is happening under there.


    Is there anything I can do to fix it, the next time I get it open?
    My issue has been fixed!
    It seems all I needed to do was lubricate and re-adjust my exterior latch release.
    It got stuck since the car took 5 weeks of weathering while I was out of the country.

    But if that didn't do it, I was gonna order the hood latch release from AudiS4Parts.com. I wouldn't dare go to the Stealership!!!

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    Glad you got the problem fixed. I had to replace that part because the little rubber end broke off on mine.
    4:11 posi track out back, 750 double pumper, edelbrock intakes, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop up pistons, turbo jet 390 horse power, where talking some fucking muscle!!

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    Mine is getting sticky....

    Hopefully I won't have to refer back to his article, but just in case...thanks for the great illustrations!
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    Used this today. Pics are awesome. Worked great.

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    I know this is old.. but you just saved my life. I was about to murder myself!
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    This is why it's important to keep the latching mechanism lubricated. I've had to do this trick on a few different cars now. on some of engines, you have to remove a bunch of stuff to get to it. A little grease can save a lot of time. If anyone is worried about stuff being stolen from the engine bay, you could build a little block off plate/shield.
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