VW Passat Bonnet Stuck

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  1. kezza

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    My oil warning light has come on but I can't get the bonnet open to top it up. When I pull the release handle it partially opens but there appears to be something stopping it from opening any further.

    It is a 53 plate version. I know its a long shot but has anyone come across this before.

    Regards
     
  2. Mylo

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    have you tried getting someone to lift the bonnet whilst you are pulling the release handle ?
     
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    Push bonnet down again, then push release from inside car and assist by pulling bonnt up. Normally works.
     
  4. kezza

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    I have tried closing the bonnet and re-trying but no joy.

    I haven't tried opening with someone holding the release but that is an option.

    Another update: With the passat when you pull the lever from inside a small 'pull' appears under the bonnet. When you pull this the bonnet releases fully. This seems to be stuck.

    Regards
     
  5. Ayub

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    So its the catch under the bonnet?

    Try using a long screwdriver and guide the plastic out. It may be stuck under the lever plastic cover.
     
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    Tried all of the above but still no joy. The pull under the bonnet has some movement but simply won't pull out like it normally would.

    I sense a trip to the dealer approaching:(
     
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    Hi Kezza,

    This happened to my A4. Its probably a similar design.

    My catch had seized so when released it only released halfway so the handle to fully release it wouldn't make the "pawl" disengage from the latch pin.

    Don't pull the plastic handle too much, it will not disengage if the mech is stuck, and you just bend the bracket its mounted on.

    A dealer will smash the front grill to disengage the pawl by hand, then clean and grease the full mechanism.

    If you can pop off the grill yourself (I managed with a bent copper pipe, to pop out around 8 plastic clips equally spaced, pushed inside the partially opened bonnet) the you can open the pawl by hand then clean it up and there you go.

    Regards,

    Dean.
     
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    yeah you are also pulling the small lever that comes out of the grilol once you have pulled the main lever in cabin?

    be a small black one, usually with a little red arrow advising to pull out.

    pull bonnet release inside car, then go out to bonnet locate the little black lever, lift the bonnet slightly then pull the lever and it should raise on the gas struts


    ley us know.



    we wont laugh ;)

    heck better telling us on here than going to the dealership and them pointing out you didnt pull the safety catch ;)
     
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    you are lifting the bonnet slightly to take some weight off it?

    the mechanism is dead simple that you could fish it with a bit of wire ie coat hanger
     
  10. kezza

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    DaddyK - Yes it is the small black pull in the grill that is stuck. Usually a short tug pops the bonnet but in this case it won't.

    DeanyM - That to me sounds like the same problem I am having. I will have a go at getting the grill off and see if that helps.

    Thanks for all your replies.

    Kieron
     
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    I wondered who stole my K&N filter :rotfl:
     
  12. kezza

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    In the end I decided to call the AA rather than get my hands dirty:D He used a bit of brute force to get it open and sure enough it was the mechanism that had just seized. A bit of lubricant and it seems as good as new.

    Regards
     
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    I know it's a bit late now coz you've already sorted it but my old man had the same problem the other day on his bmw 630i & he just squirted a bit of wd40 on the catch & it popped open a treat.
     
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    Ditto that. I to had the bonnet catch seized on my Leon. Quick squirt of WD40 and all was fine again.
     
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    i left a thankyou note ;)


    i always lubricate every lil hinge etc etc on my car every month, door barrels even thou its central locking etc.


    manafactureres should put it as a servicable item ie requires a lube

    thats part of the old renault clios bonnet failure issue, they said it just requires lubricating however never told the dealer network, its not stated anywhere, in any manual etc DOH! ;)
     
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    Thanks for the advice. My Passat is only 2 yrs old and the secondary bonnet release stuck. Followed advice above and got neighbour to hold lever open. That worked, then found that plastic pull up release was completely corroded and stuck. Generous use of WD40 on it and catch below and all is now working. Amazed that new car corrodes so quick, whatever happened to grease?
     

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