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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Release Cable Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$30

Talent:

*****

Tools:

Your hands

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Hood release cable

Hot Tip:

Make sure the cable isn't kinked when installing

Performance Gain:

Opening hood

Complementary Modification:

Replace headlight bulbs

The hood release cable is one of those items that can be incredibly frustrating to replace, as it involves the removal of several items to gain access as well as extending the radiator support panel forward to gain access. Please see our articles on the following topics before starting:

Front Bumper Cover Removal

Lower A Pillar Removal

Hood Release Cable Removal

Cowl Panel Removal

Front Panel Service Position

Front Grille Removal

Additionally, you may have to move the wiper motor assembly over slightly to access the cable routing tube.

After removing the hood release handle, remove the ball end of the cable (if still attached) and set the handle aside (green arrow).
Figure 1

After removing the hood release handle, remove the ball end of the cable (if still attached) and set the handle aside (green arrow).

Pull the cable up and out of the upper cowl guide tube (green arrow).
Figure 2

Pull the cable up and out of the upper cowl guide tube (green arrow).

Pull the plastic cable guide clips (green arrow) off the side of the fender.
Figure 3

Pull the plastic cable guide clips (green arrow) off the side of the fender. Remove the clips from the old cable and transfer them to the new one.

From inside the radiator support panel, pop the end of the cable out of the housing if it's still attached (green arrow).
Figure 4

From inside the radiator support panel, pop the end of the cable out of the housing if it's still attached (green arrow). The new cable installs in the reverse order of removal


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