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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Release Handle Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$30

Talent:

**

Tools:

Phillips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Hood release handle

Hot Tip:

Use caution pulling off the cable

Performance Gain:

Ability to open the hood

Complementary Modification:

Replace hood release cable

The hood release handle can break over many years of use. The good news is that replacement is pretty easy and should only take an hour. Replacing the handle requires removing the lower dashboard panel and the lower A Pillar Panel. See our articles on Lower Dashboard Panel Removal and Lower A Pillar Panel Removal for more information.

Carefully remove the lower A Pillar panel and slide it over the hood release handle.
Figure 1

Carefully remove the lower A Pillar panel and slide it over the hood release handle. See our article on Lower A Pillar Panel Removal for more information.

Loosen and remove the Phillips head screw (green arrow) at the bottom of the release handle.
Figure 2

Loosen and remove the Phillips head screw (green arrow) at the bottom of the release handle.

Loosen and remove the Phillips head screw (green arrow) at the top of the release handle.
Figure 3

Loosen and remove the Phillips head screw (green arrow) at the top of the release handle.

Rotate the hood release handle to access the cable.
Figure 4

Rotate the hood release handle to access the cable. Pull the end of the cable (green arrow) out of the handle. 

Slide the cable up and over until you can remove it from the end of the handle (green arrow).
Figure 5

Slide the cable up and over until you can remove it from the end of the handle (green arrow).

And here's the finished result with the handle removed.
Figure 6

And here's the finished result with the handle removed. Installing the new handle is the reverse order of removal

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