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My hood latch is broken on my 2001 Subaru Outback. How do I manually opent the hood? I think my problem is the same. I have a 1997 Legacy--when I pop the hood, it releases, but I can't located the latch to open the hood. Usually it's a simple process, pop the hood, push the latch, hood open.

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  • SubiFan Feb 17, 2009

    It's only "thanks for trying" because when I went back out and tried to open the hood one more time, I was able to with no trouble. Since then I've had my car at two different garages and no one had an issue with it. I think the real problem was me.

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  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Cable is not broken but hood will not release when the lever is pulled



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If the cable link to the latch is rusty or broken you have to take the front grid down. It's relatively easy. It's held there by plastic fasteners. Then reach for the latch with you hand, or the leftover broken cable. Pull it, it should release the first latch, than you just have to get to the security latch, like you usually do to open the hood.

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  • maikan Feb 17, 2009

    Make sure the latch is well lubricated with graphite grease and that the cable and all moving parts are also well lubricated.



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