The hatchback on my 1997 subaru remains locked at all times. i can pull on the handle and it moves all the way but does not allow the door to open. even when using the key the door refuses to open. How can i get this door to open?
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Re: rear hatchback wont open
Sounds like the old rusty handle problem. I have found that the handle does not return all the way and it will not let it unlock. Push the handle toward the closed position and try to unlock then open. If this is the problem all you need to do is remove the rust and keep it oiled. Hope this helps and have a great day.
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the sequoia hatchback handle breaking is a known problem due to the extremely low quality of the plastic. 1st you have to open the back door! there is a small pin to the right side of the hatchback door exterior handle. bend a coat hanger and put it on the small pin, pull down and the door will open. Then remove inside panel and you can undo screws and replace the hatchback door handle.
Usually it is a little rust on the outside handle and it does not return fully. try to push the handle back to the return position and unlock the doors again. It should work then. The lock will not unlock if the handle is not fully returned. I sure hope this helps and have a great day.
before you pull stuff, go to the back of the car. Instead of pulling the latch (away from the car and towards you) to open the hatch, push the lever in the other direction (towards the car, away from you).
i had this happen to me and read about it online, worked totally fine. It's just stuck towards you and not "sitting" correctly. Hope it works!
I assume you've already worked the seat belt end back and forth with force. Did the belt move at all? Did you remove the rear seat bottom cusion from the car? That will give you additional leverage on the belt. If the belt twisted the last time it was used and then rolled up, you need to go to the dealer or an upholstery shop for help.
Check the Handle and make sure it has returned to fully closed. They tend to build a little rust and do not return all the way. If that is not it I would check the latch itself to see if it moving properly and not already in the closed position. Sometimes they will stick and when you try to close it will lock before it has caught the pin. If that is the problem you can spray with WD40 and operate handle while pushing out with screw driver. Good luck and have a good day.
over time the grease in the locks etc can become frozen and stop movement when its warmed up a bit it will move better, using the key on the doors every now and then helps move this greas about as the central locking wont move these parts only the switches, replacing the grease after a degreasing locking mechanisms inside the door on the rear of the lock should help choose a grease that can handle low temperatures.