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'frozen' hatch latch repair

(1999 Subaru Legacy Outback)
in Greeley, CO on February 22, 2011
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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on February 22, 2011
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.
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on April 17, 2011
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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