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1998 subaru legacy hood latch is broken :(

The lever that the cable squeezes when you pull the hood opener doesn't spring back.... is there supposed to be a spring on that thing or how the hell does it spring back into place when you let the lever go? my hood won't latch shut :(

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  • Tait McCarthy May 13, 2013

    I had the exact problem with my 98 outback. I used a few elastic bands to act as a spring, but obviously this isn't a real sustainable solution. Did you end up coming up with a long term solution to this problem?

  • meagan Sep 08, 2013

    k my problem is compleatly oposite i cant get my hood open the latch wont spring back...

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Tre spring is on the latch itself,my guess is that the latch needs a little lube,work the area of the latch that the cable slides into with a screwdriver,it should spring back after you lube it

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