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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Lock Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$5 to $450

Talent:

*

Tools:

T30 Torx

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New assembly or bulbs

Hot Tip:

Do not touch the bulbs with bare skin

Performance Gain:

See better at night

Complementary Modification:

Polish headlight lens

The hood lock on the GTI MkV has a sensor attached to it that if not functioning can send a signal to the ECU that will not allow you to lock your doors. If your lock is starting to act up or you are having issues with your locking system, this article will show you how to change out the hood lock.

You will need to remove the grill to change the hood lock.

You will need to remove the grill to change the hood lock.
Figure 1

You will need to remove the grill to change the hood lock. The front grill on the GTI MkV is held in by two T25 Torx screws (yellow arrows) on top, two T20 Torx screws (red arrows) and two clips (green arrows). You have to remove the grill to remove the badge (blue arrow). Please see our article on grill removal for further assistance.

Unclip the two clips (yellow arrows) that hold the Bowden cable connection (red arrow) to the cross member above the left headlight (green arrows).
Figure 2

Unclip the two clips (yellow arrows) that hold the Bowden cable connection (red arrow) to the cross member above the left headlight (green arrows).

Open the connection housing lid (yellow arrow) and separate the lock Bowden cable (green arrow) from the cup (red arrow).
Figure 3

Open the connection housing lid (yellow arrow) and separate the lock Bowden cable (green arrow) from the cup (red arrow).

If you are replacing the fender cable you will need to separate it from the clip that holds it to the cross member.
Figure 4

If you are replacing the fender cable you will need to separate it from the clip that holds it to the cross member. It is held in place by two plastic expansion clips (red arrows).

On the front right side close to the radiator unclip the wiring connection (red arrow) and separate it from the connection for the sensor (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

On the front right side close to the radiator unclip the wiring connection (red arrow) and separate it from the connection for the sensor (yellow arrow).

With the grill removed you can remove the three T30 Torx screws that hold the lock in place.
Figure 6

With the grill removed you can remove the three T30 Torx screws that hold the lock in place.

Pull the lock from the cross member.
Figure 7

Pull the lock from the cross member. You will need to remove the Bowden cable from the lock (red arrow).

Gently pry the clip out.
Figure 8

Gently pry the clip out. This photo illustrates where the end of the Bowden cable (red arrow) sits in the lock housing (yellow arrow).

To remove the sensor gently insert a small flathead screwdriver in the back of the lock (red arrow) and slide the sensor out from the two mounting holes (yellow arrows).
Figure 9

To remove the sensor gently insert a small flathead screwdriver in the back of the lock (red arrow) and slide the sensor out from the two mounting holes (yellow arrows).

You can now replace the lock (red arrow).
Figure 10

You can now replace the lock (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal. If you are replacing the wiring or cables follow each back through the cross member and reinstall in the retaining clips. You can adjust the height of the hood by moving the lock mechanism up and down in the cross member.

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GOLF V TSI Comments: Thank you so much for this DIY. You were my salvation. Many many many thank's.............
September 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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