Question about 2002 Subaru Forester
The rod may have come off the inside handle or latch. You will have to take off the door panel and see if its connected. Sometimes the inside handle breaks where the rod attaches. If not the latch would be faulty.
Posted on May 21, 2015
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: I have a 1993 Subaru
probably the spring in the door handles on the inside are broken. you can remove the inside handles and fix them byusing a cotter pin to hold the spring in place
Posted on Nov 30, 2008
If it takes that much force to manually open the doors, and it's on the doors that are less used, then I'd bet it's a set of door locks and actuators in need of lubrication.
Electric door lock actuators can easily be stopped or slowed down by resistance in the mechanism. This can be caused by corrosion, water getting into the door, and just old age and lack of use. I'd take the door panels off and take a peek.
On the Legacy the panels pop off fairly easily. You'll need to pry them off carefully with a flat screwdriver. You'll feel where the fasteners are, where the panels are resisting coming off, and prise the panel gently and firmly at these points and they'll pop out. Once out you'll see the lock mechanism.
Moving it by hand will tell if it's corroded or bound up. Apply some white litium grease to the mechanism, making sure to squirt/work it in, and then work the door handle/mechanism to get the lube into the linkage and actuators. Check the electrical contacts for corrosion while there and spray with WD-40 to protect them. This should free up the door mechanism and the actuators should then be able to do their job.
If after the above steps the electric actuators still don't work, use a voltmeter or circuit tester to check for 12V at the actuator when the door button is pressed. If you don't see any power, recheck that fuse and then the wiring back to the door harness. It's unlikely that this is the cause as its unlikely that you'd get only 3 out of 4 bad, but you never know in these old cars.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 28, 2008
take off inside door panel and check the linkage on the lock may be broken
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
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SOURCE: Rear door will not unlatch.
Sometimes rust will build up on the latch and not allow it to return to the correct position. Try pushing the handle all the way to the closed position and then try your remote lock. Then try to open. The hinge gets build up and does not return all the way. Hope this helps and have a great day.
Posted on Oct 14, 2009
Body shops will attempt to use a "slim jim", but on a door that has had the linkage drop like on yours, knowledge of how the door mechanism looks is invaluable because there will be less places to grab with the slim jim. Subaru or a Japanese auto repair center will have someone that will be able to do this for you if you aren't successful.
Posted on Nov 28, 2009
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