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My Subaru Outback had experience an uncommanded tailgate function, twice!

Tailgate was found open on two occasions in two weeks

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SOURCE: 1999 Subaru Outback Tailgate Latch does not Actuate

there should be a piece of plastic or metal that hold the bar and is connected to the outer handle.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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SOURCE: 89'S10 Blazer tailgate won't open

Thats what you will need to do is to remove the interior gate panel so you can release the latch. It will come off although a bit difficult with the gate closed, with a little care you can do it without breaking anything. It sounds like possibly a linkage retainer clip broke.
Try pushing in on the gate while turning the release handle in case the latch is in a bind if that dont work remove the panel

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Water leakage into tailgate and boot

Rear hatch gasket is probably gone bad, allowing the water in. They are probably right on that call.

Posted on Mar 05, 2010

duane_wong
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SOURCE: 1987 Volvo 245 wagon -

Systematically cut it out with a sawzall reciprocating saw.

Cut the post that the latch attaches to when closed, if you can get at it with the blade.

Then, replace the post.

May need a long prybar to open if, simply stuck, while operating the opening button or lever.

Good luck with this replacement of the tail gate.



Posted on Oct 17, 2010

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SOURCE: 2006 Subaru Outback Hatchback lock

Hi,

I believe that because your vehicle is relatively new is the reason that the subaru mech wants to use original equipement. He/she also makes a bit more money if they do the work that way.

This is one of those times that you may want to get a second and third opinion, no need for hip replacement when vitamins will do.

The $400 should be spent when you have exhausted all avenues.

Check online for your local subaru forum and ask them for a mech who will probably have more understanding than your current guy...


Hope that helps.

G.

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I believe that because your vehicle is relatively new is the reason that the subaru mech wants to use original equipement. He/she also makes a bit more money if they do the work that way.

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