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1998 Subaru Legacy Hatch no longer opens

The hatch on my 1998 Legacy wagon no longer opens. I have tried WD-40 which worked for 2 wks. but now no amount of lock/unlock, key in or out etc. works. I even tried heating latch from the inside to 300F with a heat gun but won't release. How do you remove the inside panel from inside? How do you get the little plastic "rivet" type things out (turn vs. pull and hope to not break)?

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  • Jeff Cohen Feb 20, 2009

    Thanks Fr fix it. I pried off the rivets inside with a minin puller (like a baby crowbar) and they came out perfectly intact. After greasing the heck out of everything with white lithium grease and moving it all the hatch now works perfectly. Thanks for saving me lots of $$$$$$!

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Most of the time these rivits break when you pull them out but sometime you get lucky. They can be bought from subaru at a cheap pruice tag. Just slip a butter knife or something of the sort under the head and pry up. Good Luck. I hope this helps. Don't forget to rate my answer.

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