Pulled the lever to open the hood, heard a strange noise like something popped, and hood did not release.
Any advice on how to get the hood open so I can fix?
My guess is the nut of the cable came loose.
Thanks for everyone's help!
It was very hard to see, but I broke off the head of an old 2 iron and used the golf club shaft to get up in there.
There is a small plastic loop that keeps the cable up against the radiator that broke off. This is the culprit.
Going to see if the local audi dealer can order one for me.
If you click on the link provided by UrS4boy, it is item #25 in the illustration 4A0 823 570. www.genuinevwaudiparts.com is Miramar Audi in San Diego. They sell at a discount and the $1 part is 60¢. Hopefully Ellis will have it. I wouldn't suggest buying 2 clips for $1.20 online. You are going to replace both aren't you? They are the same age.
The clips are closed 360 degrees, so I need to thread the needle if you will. Therefore, I need to take off cable and pass thru each new clip.
My guess is the other plastic clip is weak as well, so will get 2ea.
Jim ellis sells these for $2.20. They are around the corner from me, so easier to just swing by and pick up. They have to order from warehouse of course. These certainly cant be a big seller.
Can't you do anything? : > ) No, they are not closed, they just look like it. Examine the clips closely and you will see that they open in the center and you can slide them on or off the cable. When they get weak and won't stay clipped in, you can slide a thin plastic piece in the center to help them stay in place.