1999 Subaru Legacy Outback Q&A

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

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? -
Answer 1
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 -
Answer 2
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. -