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Sealing VW Hood Seams

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During the course of a busy day, many parts are replaced on customers’ vehicles. Often, these parts can be superseded, updated, discontinued or modified by the manufacturer. Without access to vital factory Technical Service Bulletins (TSB), you may not be aware of the changes or updates that the factory has made to those parts. The result could be unnecessary, additional or incorrect repairs.

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The following is an example of a manufacturer’s TSB procedure to correct insufficient sealing of the hinge corners on the inside of new hoods for 1998-2006 Volkswagen® Golf® and 2006-2008 Volkswagen® City Golf® vehicles.
IMPORTANT: Replacement hood hinge corner seams must be sufficiently sealed prior to painting.

Parts Required

  • Part # – 3M 08300
  • Description – Sealer
  • Contact your local 3M representative.

Required Tools

  • Dispenser – VAG 1628
  • Call Volkswagen Tools and Equipment (EQS)  Equipment Solutions at (800) 892-9650.

Service Procedure

Always refer to ALLDATA® for safety procedures, identification of material types, recommended refinish materials, removal and installation procedures.

Always refer to Volkswagen for questions relating to applicable or non-applicable warranty repair information.

Procedure

CAUTION: Read and follow all of the instructions from the manufacturer’s line of painting materials, equipment and protective gear.
Step 1
• Locate the right and left hinge corners on the inside of the new hood. (Figure 1)
Step 2
• Seal off the left and right folds and the metal lines (arrow) with fine seam sealant.
NOTE: Hood seam sealing must be performed prior
to paint application. (Figure 2)
Step 3
• Paint hood according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

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Writer Dan Espersen is the ALLDATA CollisionConnectSM Program Manager. Espersen is I-CAR Platinum Certified, a Gold Pin member of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) and holds an AA degree in Automotive Technology. He has 15 years of experience in the collision industry and 17 years of experience in the automotive industry.

© 2007 ALLDATA LLC. All rights reserved. All technical information, images and specifications are from the ALLDATA Product. ALLDATA is a registered trademark of ALLDATA LLC. All other marks are the property of their respective holders. Volkswagen, Golf and City Golf are registered trademarks of the Volkswagen Corporation and are being used solely for reference and application purposes.

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