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Old 02-07-2009, 02:33 PM
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Default A4 Hood Latch Broken

Audi had my car last weekend--washer pump ($300 repair).

Today, I go to open the hood to add washer fluid and it won't open. I don't hear a click and the latch on the front of the car is so low, I can't spring it.

Anyone know if using a screwdriver will release the button latch.

I've had almost $2000 in repairs in the last month on a car with 70k miles. I've really had it. I have a 100 year old house that isn't the money pit this car has turned out to be.
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:46 PM
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i had a problem similar when i rear ended a semi truck at like 3mph...si hood was pushed in very very slightly and the latch wouldnt do anything.....try pulling the latch towards you and then pulling up and stuff like that

i just replaced my hood but im sure you just have to get it open to replace the latch
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pull off your splash guard and use a long long flat head screwdriver or something like that. you'll see the hood latch in front of the radiator with the cable attached to it at the top near the hood, put it on the drivers side edge of the bottom of the latch and pry to the passenger side, the lever moves from the drivers side to the passengers side, the cable basically pulls the top of it to achieve this. so your doing the same thing on the bottom with the screwdriver.
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I have the same problem with my 2005 A4. I took off the splash guard and also the 3 removable grills in the front bumper but I do not see the latch from either side of the radiator. My car has the v6 so it is quite tight between the engine and the radiator.

Any Ideas how to get the hood open? It is time to change the oil :-(
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If Audi had your car last weekend and now you can't get the hood open, I would take it back to them, stating that. Maybe while they were changing the washer pump, they messed something up with the latch...
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The only methods I found posted were to use a crow bar or Jaws of life to open the hood...believe me when I say I felt like it after messing around for 3 hours trying to open the hood.

Finally I gave up and took it to the dealer.

They charged:1.0 hrs labor + $0 Parts + $4 Misc Shop Supplies= $98 for the repair.

It turns out that the cable had come loose so they used a zip tie to hold it tight to the latch (see photo) as a repair.

For the person with more time than money - here is a picture of the latch on my 2005 Audi A4 with 3.0 V6. It is real tight but you take the splash guard off the bottom; reach up between the engine and radiator fans with a 18-24 inch screw driver and flip the silver release lever toward the passenger side.

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If that is unsuccessful (as in my case) it is possible to remove the center grill from the front of the hood and use a thin 10 mm wrench to loosen the three acorn nuts that hold the catch to the hood. It is a very tedious job that took the Technician about an hour to remove all three nuts.

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To remove the center grill you have to reach up from the lower grills and depress 6 plastic tabs at the top of the grill. Starting from an upper corner the tabs are located above the first, third and fifth vertical bars from either edge, you pull down on the tab and push the grill outward.

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Old 11-27-2009, 10:57 AM
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Sorry to raise this thread again but I got the exact same problem with my hood and my battery is dead (forgot to disconnect it before leaving for a month long vacation).

I am trying to release the latch from underneath but not sure what I am looking for. Is this the lever that I have to pry towards the passenger side?

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I believe it is the lever that is slightly lower and to the left of your arrow head. The end of it appears as a bright white square in your picture.
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could somone re upload the pictures here?i have the same problem with my car and i want to fix it.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:56 AM
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I just did this job to release my hood. Your arrow is pointing to the correct latch. I noticed the circular notch when working from above. (after I removed the caps attaching the hood to the latch system) Pull/push that to the passenger side and the hood will release.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:18 AM
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This thread had some good tips to get started. I have an 02 A4 1.8T Quattro and the hood release wasn't working.

To remove the front grill, I used a 90 degree scribe (similar to a dentist's pick) and slid it between the hood and the top of the grill at the 1st, 3rd, and 5th vertical partitions from both ends. I used a piece of cloth to protect the paint on the hood. Once you slide it in, you can twist it so the point rotates downward to depress the tabs on the other side, at the same time, pull on the grill towards you. I had a friend help keep pulling tension on the grill to prevent it from snapping back into place. It took about a minute to remove the grill.

Once that was done, you're able to get to the caps holding the hood to the release latch.

The front two were not that hard to remove, but the back one was a pain. An angled 10mm wrench would probably make the job easier. It took about an hour to remove all three. When you're close to getting the back bolt cap off, I recommend trying to finish taking it off by hand and using a magnetic retriever to prevent it from falling down into the engine compartment.

After releasing the hood, I found that the cable had popped out of its retainer. I think this may have happened when the cable sleeve popped out of its retainer at the driver side pull lever. I'm not sure if there is a good way to keep either from popping out again. Perhaps tape at the driver's pull lever.

The hood release now works like a champ, and I was happy that I didn't have to buy any new parts nor pay any labor costs.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:18 AM
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Default Hood Release Not Working

Great info on this thread. I couldn't get to the release from underneath,just not enough room,but pulling the grills and taking off the acorn nuts was the way to go for me. I'd like to add something to the thread...When I got the hood up I could see the cable had broken and what a pain that was to run. For anyone who doesn't know, the cable routes in the fender so you'll have to remove the plastic inner fender to get to it and route it with the wiring harness into the cab and under the dash. I spent more time running the cable than getting the hood up. Hope this can help someone!
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:09 AM
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Default 2005 A4 1.8t

Agreed the best method on '05 A4 w/1.8t is to remove the front grille and use a small 10mm open end wrench to remove the 3 acorn nuts holding the hood to the latch. To remove the grille, I used a siding removal tool (about $5) you can buy at any hardware store. Insert tool behind the top of the grille, about 3" from either side. Gently pull out and continue pulling until clip has dislodged from hood. Continue repositioning the tool around the top and both sides of the grille until it has become fully unattached. Note...do not use the tool on the bottom of the grille as there are no clips on the bottom, but instead there are tabs that fasten to the grille. When the top and sides are loose, gently lift the grille out of the opening.

Next, use a small 10mm open end wrench to remove the 3 acorn nuts. Be patient, the front 2 nuts can only be loosened about 1/4 turn with each attempt. The back nut can be loosend about 1/8 turn each.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:03 PM
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I just endured this same headache on my 2003 A4 1.8T Quattro. As I needed to replace my grill, I had the access in the front. Those acorn nuts are incredibly tricky to maneuver. With the car up on ramps, you can pop off the underside guard with a flathead screw driver. At this point, refer to that nice pic. My easiest reference point to spot was that little dip. After some fiddling, it turned out I was able to pop it really easy with a very long flathead screwdriver.

When MY mechanic was replacing my waterpump and timing belt (which I had paid to have replaced 20k miles ago and got completely swindled on. the new mech pulled out original parts and gave them to me.), it looks like he bent the hood mechanism connected to the cable

Popped hood, replaced coils and plugs, fixed the caBle latch, and popped in a new grill in about two hours. Would have saved an hour if I skipped the "through the grill, over the radiator" method and used a long screwdriver underneath to pop the latch.

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Thank you guys so much!!!
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My first post here, just to say thanks.
I was able to repair an 04 today with a broken cable thanks to this. I also have a 98 that was bought with a huge hole cut in the hood due to the cable coming loose (previous owner).
I'm on here constantly browsing and learning/researching repair info but I wanted to say thanks for the detailed info.
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I am 19 and really want to buy an Audi 2002 a4 b6 multitronic (this one 2002 Audi A4 B6 Cars for sale in NSW - Carsales Mobile). I have a job that is reasonably consistent and I predict I will continue to make anywhere from 600-1000 a week. I have no knowledge whatsoever regarding cars though I really like this one. I have a friend that knows quite abit about cars but I wanted an outsourced opinion. Am I being realistic, or is this a purchase that would just become a burden? I seem to have the same problem, regarding a family that naively go off the fact that the car has the badge of a luxury car brand on it, but at the same tome the fact that eiropean cars are obviously more money to maintain, ontop of the fact that the car is more expensive regarding petrol etc. just looking for that more knowledgable figure to tell me to stop being an idiot or otherwise. From what I have been told it is a very good deal. Really want some insight from what seem to be some very knowledgable Audi lovers. Help would be very much appreciated, thanks!
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Hi, not sure if you ended up getting one. But for anyone out there. I love the B6 styling and even get looks and compliments from newer audi owners. I got mine when i was 23, 26 now. For a new(used) buyer, id say stay away from the CVT, audi says theres no problem yet they updated to 7 clutch pack from 6 and software upgrade. The clutches among other problems fail and you get a hesitating jerky take off, or at least in many cases i've seen. A good ol' manual and the 1.8 is a nice setup .

The 1.8 is a nice engine, very capable and mod-able. Stock its very adequate. Things i'd look for on a used 1.8 like mine is that the Timing belt and water pump is done with new tensioner etc., and listen if the camshaft timing chain tensioner is clicking. The tensioner usually fails after a while and can be noisy like a diesel. Replacing is expensive. Other than that i really like the engine. If its a really high mileage, and you do the Tbelt and pump its a nice idea to get the alternator while there. On both my audi's and they have failed around the 120k miles.

Interior wise, at very high mileages and depending on climate the headliner has been known to peel off. Mine is good. The seats are great and really love the comfort and look nice with the sport steering wheel. Only complain is the driver seat; usually the side bolster cracks a little. Another nuisance is the instrument panels and door buttons can peel very easily revealing a white plastic from underneath. No biggie for me, i used a sharpy or high gloss black paint to mask lol (its plastic like). I really love the dash and interior, wood trims are nice and aluminum is sporty.

Other mechanical maintenance. The CV boots tear fairly easily in my experience with less than adventurous driving. Also check if the rack and pinion are leaking, it would be green hydraulic fluid down the front passenger side, slow drip. A nice tip for someone needing to change the gas pump, in some its under the back seats but on mine its in the trunk. My mechanic was nuts and couldn't find it, and wanted to lower all exhaust pipes and tank, for a nice fat bill. Luckily another tech knew about its location and helped out.

lol its not all gloom i love these cars, the ride quality and fun they provide. I have a vw bug and A4, and lost my A6 as some kids totaled it while parked christmas day! V6's are the nicest, smooth ride quality.

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