By Dan Espersen
On a typical busy day in the shop, many vehicle replacement parts are needed. Too often, some of these parts may be superseded, updated, discontinued or modified by the manufacturer. Unless you have access to vital factory Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs), you may not be aware of the changes or updates concerning these parts. The result could be unnecessary, additional or incorrect repairs.
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.
NOTE: Replacement hood hinge corner seams must be sufficiently sealed prior to painting.
Always refer to ALLDATA Collision for safety procedures, identification of material types, recommended refinish materials, and removal and installation procedures. Always refer to the vehicle manufacturer for questions relating to applicable or non-applicable warranty repair information. CAUTION: Read and follow all of the instructions from the manufacturer’s line of painting materials, equipment and protective gear.
Part # 3M 08300 Sealer (1)
Dispenser VAG 1628. Call Volkswagen Tools and Equipment (EQS), which is Equipment Solutions, at (800) 892-9650 for product.
1. Locate the right and left hinge corners on the inside of the new hood (see photo).
2. Seal off the left and right folds and the metal lines with fine seam sealant.
NOTE: Hood seam sealing must be performed prior to paint application
3. Paint hood according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. A
Dan Espersen is the ALLDATA Collision Program Manager. He’s a Gold Pin Member of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) and holds an AA Degree in Automotive Technology. He has 17 years of experience in the collision industry and 17 years of experience in the automotive industry.
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