On my 2012 Turbo Beetle, I knocked off one of the hood bumpers (P/N 5C5-823-433). This wasw done with a chamois while hood open and I was wiping off the edge of the hood. No problem, but it dropped into the motor area and disappeared. Moving the car back revealed the part on the driveway, so I tried to put it back on. I then noticed the other bumper was missing. I was unable to re-attach the bumper, so went to my dealer, who ordered a pair of bumpers.
With the new bumpers in hand, I tried to attach them, but no luck. Back to the dealer, where the Service Manager and a VW Tech also tried to attach the bumpers .... also with no luck. They are contating their body shop (a few miles away) but I am asking this group if anyone has the procedure for installing the bumpers. Each bumper is molded of some sort of plastic and has a screwdriver slot in the head. The bumper is actually a 2 piece item, with the two halves threaded, apparently for adjustment of the hood gap when closed.
This has us flummoxed. Any tips for installing these? There must be a secret to doing so. Maybe a BFH?
Makes sense. Seems the factory has a problem with the hood metal being pushed it too far, not allowing the bumpers to snap into place. That would explain why one of my bumpers was missing and the other popped out when I toucheed it. I'll try to pry the metal out to engage the tabs on the bumper.
Question: "Make sure the rubber bumper behind them are screwed out longer than the plastic ones". I presume this refers to the separate bumpers located further back on the hood. Right?
Many thanks for your assistance in this issue. This forum is a treasure of knowledge!