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  1. #31
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    Okay, got a Sibelius hood strut from ECS and it went on fine (yep, it came with clips). Feeling ambitious,(and having forgot that the trunk got difficult to lift about 8 years ago) I also got two new trunk struts. The one of the drivers side I got on after a bit of a fight, but the plastic end of the one for the passenger side broke when I was trying to force it on I was able to get a replacement for no charge except for shipping. Soooo, these trunk struts are about 0.5 cm too long to just slip in place as was so easy with the hood strut. I tried getting this new one on but after breaking the first one, forcing does not seem the right approach.... Seems that unless I have a pair of pliers with an open end of about 12 inches to squeeze the hydraulic that necessary 0.5 cm, this is not going on. The ends are rounded so gerry-rigging a wire around the whole thing to then twist it like a turnbuckle is problematic. Any suggestions?

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  3. #32
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    Resurrecting a dead thread, but today I left the Passat hood open while I had lunch and waited for the engine to cool off, so that I could check a few vital fluid levels. When I went into the garage after a couple of hours, I noticed the hood was closed. (Weird ... .) When I raised it, I noticed oil and grease on the strut, as well as the fact that it no longer felt secure in the fully open position. Fortunately, my local AutoZone had one in stock ($27 after $5 coupon discount), and I hang my bicycles upside down from the garage rafters. A bungie cord up and around the handlebar stem of my Bianchi road bike (the guys over in BikeForums Classic & Vintage might not approve of this use) allowed me to replace the strut quickly and safely and without an assistant.

    Public Service Announcement -- if you are in the habit of leaving parts and tools on top of the engine while working on your car, you want to make sure your hood lift support is in good condition. Having what seemed like a sudden failure was a little disconcerting. (I may keep using the bungie cord over the bicycle as a safety backup when working on the car.)

  4. #33
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    My hood stayed open 3 yrs with a new Meistersatz purchased from FCP Euro. It still works like new, no bs. $15

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    I got one from CARQUEST for around $30 for the 01 I used to have. Swapped it to the 04 I have now and still works well. About a year old

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