2001 Volkswagen Passat Truck release

Tiny
TRAIL1A
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  • 2001 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 84,000 MILES
When attempt to open the truck we can hear the switch activate but the trunk doesn't open. I'm unable to locate a manual release.
How do I manually open the truck, so I can repair the devise. The dealership won't share any information. But for a starting $175 they'll look at it. The VW parts department states there are only two parts, the latch ($79) and a servo ($49). I can't get the trunk open.
We have a son with autism and mental retardation and I don't want my wife to get a flat tire and not have access to the spare.

Ray
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Friday, October 31st, 2008 AT 6:37 PM

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Tiny
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Hello Ray,

We will do our best to assist you with this but a couple of questions. First there are several models of Passat. Is yours a GLS or the GLS Wagon, please be more specific. Also, the engine, please let me know if it is a 1.8L Turbo AUG or AWM or something different. I want to make sure we give you the correct info.

With that, are you able to remove or lay your back seat down to get into the trunk? Do you know if you have an emergency release inside your trunk? Doesn't your key unlock the trunk manually?

Please get back with so we can better assist.
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Friday, October 31st, 2008 AT 8:32 PM
Tiny
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It's a Passat sedan, 1.8 turbo, front wheel drive.

Yes the back seats fold down and I've been in the trunk - no manual trunk release. There is no slot to insurt the key to open the trunk manually. There is a key slot at the trunk that according to the owners manual locks the trunk. I've turned it both aways and the trunk still won't open.

Ray
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Saturday, November 1st, 2008 AT 3:56 PM
Tiny
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Hello Ray

Okay I have attached a few pics for you to review. The one with the relay positions. Try swapping relay #2 with another and see if the lock works then.

If not the other pics in a couple of them item 6 and 8 have nuts can the nuts be removed and the latch stay connected to the catch and then the trunk open?

In the other pic item 7 shows an actuator can you push on it to release the trunk

Also, is there a connector you can disconnect and put 12V to one pin and ground the other and if that doesn't work swap pins and try it again.

You may have to have someone gently pushing down on the truck during any of these to allow the latch to release with no pressure.

Let me know how this goes


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_VW_Relay_1_1.gif




http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_VW_Relay_2_1.jpg




http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_VW_Relay_3_1.jpg




http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_VW_Relay_4_1.jpg

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 AT 12:31 AM

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