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      10-03-2016 04:51 PM #1
      The dealer installed a new OEM trunk lid spoiler and I'm finding the trunk will not open completely . It opens about 2 ins then need a slight push to swing fully open. I'm assuming the weight of the spoiler has upset the balance . Is there anyway to adjust the strut?

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      10-03-2016 05:18 PM #2
      There's 3 settings that the springs under the trunk liner can be adjusted to. Move hem to an open position further away to create more tension. This will pull the trunk up all the way with the new weight that was added.


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      10-03-2016 05:42 PM #3
      I wonder if the additional spring tension could cause problems with the spot-welds of the mechanism? There have been more than a few reports of the welds breaking, for whatever reason.
      Might want to look closely at them, as well.
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      10-04-2016 06:25 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by NAK's B7 View Post
      I'm assuming the weight of the spoiler has upset the balance

      It weighs nothing

      My 3 B7 Passats have all had the spoiler from the factory and it's never been an issue
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      10-04-2016 08:45 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post

      It weighs nothing

      My 3 B7 Passats have all had the spoiler from the factory and it's never been an issue
      snobrdrdan: Where in the 3 notches is the spring-assist setting on your 3 NMS Passats?

      OP: Are you certain that your trunk opened fully, unassisted, prior to the install of the spoiler?
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    6. 10-04-2016 12:28 PM #6
      OEM spoiler is so light, I saw no difference after I installed ours. Same with our 2014. May want to check your spring settings as others have noted.

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      10-04-2016 11:40 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by tdiatlast View Post
      snobrdrdan: Where in the 3 notches is the spring-assist setting on your 3 NMS Passats?

      OP: Are you certain that your trunk opened fully, unassisted, prior to the install of the spoiler?
      Trunk opened fully with zero issues before the spoiler install. Tech suggested some silicone spray to lube it. He also commented as others have that it's too light to affect the action. What is more frustrating is that it's intermittent and doesn't seem to make a difference which of the 4 options I use to open including the leg swipe.

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      10-05-2016 12:22 AM #8
      I suggested adjusting the springs because I also own a GLI and the trunk opened just fine from day one of new ownership.

      Then out of nowhere it wouldn't stay completely open or wouldn't open all the way, similarly to what you described.

      It dropped down on me once and that's when I found that I could adjust the springs. I did it that day, no tools required other than to remove the trunk liner. It's never been a problem since. FWIW it came from the factory with the spoiler.

      Give it a try...you can always put them back to the original position if you're not satisfied.

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      10-05-2016 09:07 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by NAK's B7 View Post
      Trunk opened fully with zero issues before the spoiler install. Tech suggested some silicone spray to lube it. He also commented as others have that it's too light to affect the action. What is more frustrating is that it's intermittent and doesn't seem to make a difference which of the 4 options I use to open including the leg swipe.
      Intermittent also might mean poor lubrication at friction points, wherever they are. I know it's a new car, but...
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      04-21-2017 03:15 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post

      It weighs nothing

      My 3 B7 Passats have all had the spoiler from the factory and it's never been an issue
      You must be lucky, because I have the same issue as the OP. I had a wimpy trunk to begin with...

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...trut)-in-trunk

      ... and like others experienced, the dealer response was to lube the weather stripping. This helped only a little. Now that I've since added the factory spoiler, my trunk lid won't spring open at all.

      30k svc. is coming up, time to point the dealership to this thread and get the springs adjusted.
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      04-22-2017 02:00 AM #11
      Update; problem seems to have self cured. normal operation 98% of the time.

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      04-22-2017 02:10 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by g-man_ae View Post
      You must be lucky, because I have the same issue as the OP. I had a wimpy trunk to begin with...

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...trut)-in-trunk

      ... and like others experienced, the dealer response was to lube the weather stripping. This helped only a little. Now that I've since added the factory spoiler, my trunk lid won't spring open at all.

      30k svc. is coming up, time to point the dealership to this thread and get the springs adjusted.
      Seriously dude just move the springs...I thought you did this weeks ago. Don't wait for the dealer. It's beyond easy. 3 t20 plastic torx screws/fasteners. Pull carpet down to expose springs. Unhook spring and relocate to desired position. Put carpet and then screws back in place. Enjoy normal trunk operation


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      04-22-2017 12:45 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by VeeDubFamily View Post
      Seriously dude just move the springs...I thought you did this weeks ago. Don't wait for the dealer. It's beyond easy. 3 t20 plastic torx screws/fasteners. Pull carpet down to expose springs. Unhook spring and relocate to desired position. Put carpet and then screws back in place. Enjoy normal trunk operation


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      Slow down turbo. I haven't gotten around to this yet. The car will be in for its 30k service soon, so why not let the dealership spend VW's time and $ on this?

      I was supporting the OP in his assessment. The "weightless" spoiler has just enough mass to weigh down the trunk lid, enough to overpower the factory position of the trunklid springs. An assessment with which some of you disagree.
      Minivans are the sweatpants of automobiles. SUVs and CUVs are just wagons and hatchbacks suffering from obesity

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      04-22-2017 03:45 PM #15
      Ordered a stainless steel license plate frame the other day. Hope that added weight won't cause this kind of problem.

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      04-22-2017 04:13 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Paroxetine View Post
      Ordered a stainless steel license plate frame the other day. Hope that added weight won't cause this kind of problem.
      Come to think of it, I do have a steel BU alumni frame for my rear license plate
      Minivans are the sweatpants of automobiles. SUVs and CUVs are just wagons and hatchbacks suffering from obesity

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      Get a power liftgate system and no more issues. LOL

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      04-22-2017 07:30 PM #18
      Reading this thread reminded me that my trunk did not "pop" open after my spoiler install last October. I do however have the larger fiberglass one that is heavier than the OEM one. Took me 5 minutes tops. All good now.


    19. 04-23-2017 08:02 AM #19
      I have an OEM spoiler from DAP. The installation instructions state: "When mounting the rear spoiler, the springs must be replaced with 561.827.665.A as per the Volkswagen Repair Guide"

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      04-23-2017 11:36 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by ArtK65 View Post
      I have an OEM spoiler from DAP. The installation instructions state: "When mounting the rear spoiler, the springs must be replaced with 561.827.665.A as per the Volkswagen Repair Guide"
      That's the only spring the dealership shows (for my car anyway)

      http://www.keffervwparts.com/p/Volks...61827665A.html
      Minivans are the sweatpants of automobiles. SUVs and CUVs are just wagons and hatchbacks suffering from obesity

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      04-23-2017 04:15 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Paroxetine View Post
      Ordered a stainless steel license plate frame the other day. Hope that added weight won't cause this kind of problem.
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      04-24-2017 01:38 PM #22
      Didn't you know that the OEM spoiler has much down force that it keeps the trunk lid down even when the car is stopped?
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      04-24-2017 04:15 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Paroxetine View Post
      Ordered a stainless steel license plate frame the other day. Hope that added weight won't cause this kind of problem.
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