VW Golf Hood Latch Failure

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I did that in my Jeep when I was younger and it still haunts me to this day!
 

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This happened to me about a month ago in my Mazda. The hood flipped up with so much force it actually detached itself from the body. It's so loud and one of the scariest things I've ever had happen to me. Thankfully there was nobody around me so everything ended up working well. I never want it to happen again, I actually check my hood everytime before driving off now
 

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This happened to me about a month ago in my Mazda. The hood flipped up with so much force it actually detached itself from the body. It's so loud and one of the scariest things I've ever had happen to me. Thankfully there was nobody around me so everything ended up working well. I never want it to happen again, I actually check my hood everytime before driving off now
I was surprised at how much force that thing opened with, since when I glanced at that car as I was passing by, I saw the hood opened back against the windshield, far past the point it's supposed to open. I wonder if it opened with such force that it destroyed his hinges.

I've accidentally driven off with the hood unlatched before, but I've never had the safety latches fail.
 

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I’ve had a friend do the same thing. Once the wind gets under it, it gets a lot of force and if it pops off it goes slingshot mode. That momentum plus the additional wind drag it picks up completely blew up the guys windshield and yes also destroyed the hood. Luckily he was only on an on ramp
 

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Same thing on my Jeep. It let go about 50 mph and blew out the windshield, folded the hood, and popped the hinges.
 

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even if you pop the hood you have to slide the bar to unlatch the hood or does volkswagon not have that feature? every single car ive ever owned has that
 

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even if you pop the hood you have to slide the bar to unlatch the hood or does volkswagon not have that feature? every single car ive ever owned has that
Yeah, that generation (MKIV) golf also has a safety latch you push under the hood to open after pulling the interior hood latch.

Those were made from 1999 to 2005, so 14-20 years old. The exterior looked well maintained, I wonder what happened here.
 

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I was surprised at how much force that thing opened with, since when I glanced at that car as I was passing by, I saw the hood opened back against the windshield, far past the point it's supposed to open. I wonder if it opened with such force that it destroyed his hinges.

I've accidentally driven off with the hood unlatched before, but I've never had the safety latches fail.
With it bent back that far it most definitely destroyed his hinges. Thankfully they held the hood on. I replaced every component when mine went for a ride, but the real issue was the clip was rusted and it just gave way with the force. I'm keeping an eye on all that now, it's definitely not something I want to happen again
 

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I’ve had a friend do the same thing. Once the wind gets under it, it gets a lot of force and if it pops off it goes slingshot mode. That momentum plus the additional wind drag it picks up completely blew up the guys windshield and yes also destroyed the hood. Luckily he was only on an on ramp
There was almost no wind, and he was going about 55-60 mph. That's actually quite scary, what happens if you open the hood outdoors and it's a windy day, and a 55 mph gust happens to come from the "wrong" direction? I would have thought that the hinges should be stronger than that.
 
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There was almost no wind, and he was going about 55-60 mph. That's actually quite scary, what happens if you open the hood outdoors and it's a windy day, and a 55 mph gust happens to come from the "wrong" direction? I would have thought that the hinges should be stronger than that.
well this wasn't a jeep so my friend may have been traveling faster than that, by a lot. Also things can fail on their own, I've seen a few idiots driving around with the hood popped and only held down by the secondary latch.
 

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