Replacement Support Strut for Hood?

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    Replacement Support Strut for Hood?

    My hood strut died: dang the hood is heavy when there's no help lifting it.

    According to Elcats, the OEM p/n is 3B0-823-359-C. Impex sells it for $44.20.

    Has anyone found an aftermarket hood strut that fits the B5.5 1.8T? It'd be nice to save a few $, or get "more strut" for the buck.

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    not covered under your 4 year 48k warranty?

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    not covered under your 4 year 48k warranty? ECS has it for $30 i think . . .

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    I've got a 2001.5... 2/24 b2b +10/100 powertrain. The b2b lasted me 11 months! (I average 25k miles per year).

    ECS's Passat Hood Strut is $43.95 ...better. Their golf hood strut is $30.

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    btw, the hood weighs about 46 lbs. in case you're wondering (measure on my semi-accurate bathroom scale.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermanH
    btw, the hood weighs about 46 lbs. in case you're wondering (measure on my semi-accurate bathroom scale.)
    :biglaugh:

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    Funny. Mine just went out too on my 2001.5. I guess they are on a timer. I'm hoping my masterguard warranty will pay for it.

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    www.1stvwparts.com sells it for $33.50

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    Can you show a link to the hood strut at 1stvwparts? I can't find one listed for the Passat under "catalog" --> "hood" --> "lift cylinder". (They do have the tailgate ones for $26.57 ea, however).

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    Clickon, oem parts catalog, enter year & make, COLLISION, search, model, hood, hood & components, strut. You have a 2001.5 right? If you enter 2001 the strut is for 98-01 and cost $40.74. If you enter 2002 the strut is for 01-03 and cost $33.50. You can also, just enter the vw part number and it shows the discription and price. I believe
    you need the one for $33.50.

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    aaaah... "collision", not "maintenance".

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    passatworld comes through again. i know its an old post, but thanks guys. exactly what i was looking for.

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    How do you install it?

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    As I said in a similar thread I bought one off Ebay and it was dried up and nearly frozen, and a replacement works but has already begun (about 3 weeks old) to groan when opening. I paid 20 something dollars. If I had it to do over again (and probably will soon) I'd spring for the nice shiny $40 one and be done with it for another 5 years and 6 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuolumne View Post
    How do you install it?

    iirc, you pop off a C-shaped plastic clip, then they come right off a ball/socket arrangement.
    Last edited by l5gcw0b; 12-06-2007 at 03:24 AM.

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    Thanks for all this (though this post is so old, most of you might be dead by now =| ). Yeah yeah, its old (2000 B5) but only 105,000 miles on it on it so keeping it going. Plus I live in Boston and it just handled a crap winter splendidly. Funny the hood stayed up (residual oil in the strut probably was frozen) but now that it is warmer (>20 Farenheit !) the hood falls down.

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    Lisle 44870 Miscellaneous - Mechanics Tools

    This hood lift support clamp has done the trick for me for awhile now. Cheap, practical, temporary solution...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrass View Post
    Thanks for all this (though this post is so old, most of you might be dead by now =| ). Yeah yeah, its old (2000 B5) but only 105,000 miles on it on it so keeping it going. Plus I live in Boston and it just handled a crap winter splendidly. Funny the hood stayed up (residual oil in the strut probably was frozen) but now that it is warmer (>20 Farenheit !) the hood falls down.
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    Mine gave out on me over the winter as well. It's a bit annoying carrying around some vice grips when I need to open the hood. But it should be cheap to replace.

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    Been there ... done that on my 1996 A4 and my elder son's 2002 A4. Quick, painless, relatively inexpensive repair -- the kind we like. I think they go out earlier on Audis than on Passats because the Audi grille is part of the bonnet, which puts additional load on the strut. I think I got one at Napa and the other at ECS, both in upper $30s.

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    Should I be worried that the clip holding the strut to the ball pin (If I have this right), will break while removing the old strut? A strut from ECS does not seem to come with a new clip.

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    Clip didn't break for me. Went to Pep Boys at the end of the block, said "Gimmie a hood strut for a 2000 Passat" Walked home and put it on. Whole process, including the walk, took fifteen minutes.
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    New strut should come with a clip. Otherwise it's a major pain to swap it.

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    Scotts13 - how long ago did you replace yours? I have an Autozone nearby but assumed there was no way they would stock one.
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    Clip didn't break for me. Went to Pep Boys at the end of the block, said "Gimmie a hood strut for a 2000 Passat" Walked home and put it on. Whole process, including the walk, took fifteen minutes.

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    Not even the dealer carries the chrome strut, you're stuck with a ghetto spec black strut from now on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrass View Post
    Scotts13 - how long ago did you replace yours? I have an Autozone nearby but assumed there was no way they would stock one.
    Year and a half, two years maybe. They had a fitment book, it wasn't "just for" a B5 Passat specifically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotts13 View Post
    Clip didn't break for me. Went to Pep Boys at the end of the block, said "Gimmie a hood strut for a 2000 Passat" Walked home and put it on. Whole process, including the walk, took fifteen minutes.
    I would have bought an oem one....

    My b5.5 is still just "holding" up. The hatch struts are getting tired though.
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    I bought a strong arm strut this winter, havent had much time under the hood yet but its working so far. and as others mentioned it was the easiest thing ever.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Less than 20 bucks and 2 day shipping with my amazon prime account.

    We will see how durable it is this spring as I plan to be under the hood alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAGguy View Post
    I would have bought an oem one....
    You know me - I'm "Mr. OEM." But in this case, the replacement part was non-critical, nearby, and about 1/3 the price. And since the VW replacement didn't match the original shiny one anyway...

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    I'm glad you took it that way. I agree. Non critical parts (to me almost anything besides drivetrain) can be aftermarket
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