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Trunk lock won't open

1999 Subaru Outback wagon (can't find 1999 below - sorry) - the trunk hatch lock won't open. You can hear it "thunk" when using the remote unlock. How can I get access to it?

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  • lusru Oct 24, 2008

    Yes - I was trying to get to the lock from inside, but can't figure out how to remove the door panel.

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    I have a l998 Outback wagon and the trunk latch lock sticks as well. Any ideas out there?

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    sma prob but i gate to pretty much like bend my key and pull just to open it

  • Frank
    Frank May 11, 2010

    did you try to have sombody pushing on the trunk while you pull the trunk latch???

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Usually the problem is that the handle has not returned to the fully down position, probably because it's getting old/rusty.

When this happens on my Outback I just push the handle down until I hear it engage, then pull up and the door opens.

Some people lube the handle regularly. I haven't had to yet.

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The door panel is bolted down with 2 screws at the button of the panel (toward the floor). once you take the screws out the panel is push up toward the ceiling of the car. you may have to remove the side panel in order for the back apnel to move.
you going to need use little force. since the panel is all the way to the edge for the door.

good luck

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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