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1999 Subaru Legacy Outback Question: 'frozen' hatch latch repair

 

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cjbj505, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Greeley, CO, February 22, 2011, 12:15
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I have a '99 hatch back and just recently the latch to open the rear hatch quit working. It feels like it's locked, but after using both the key-in-door, as well as auto locks, nothing changes. Are there any diagrams out there that can assist me in gaining access to the latch? Any advice on fixes?

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    February 22, 2011, 19:38
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    I don't think you'll find any diagrams, you'll just have to use your head. Think like a mechanic. What I'd want to do is remove the interior trim from the inside of the car to see what's wrong.
    If you need a Subie specialist, here's a directory link for you:
    https://repairpal.com/directory?address=80631&car_brand_names=Subaru

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    Visitor, April 17, 2011, 05:18

    mine is very rusty - i have been able to work around it by pushing the "handle" that releases the hatch forward, hard, then turn the key to the right-you can tell if it is releasing the lock - this may take few tries. also you can get to the mechanism by removing the hatch inside panel - wd-40 helps a lot - after doing this for a few years, i'm just going to replace the thing.

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