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Jazan 11-04-2011 07:22 PM

07 Outback Hood Latch Opens Partially
 
My 2007 Subaru Outback's hood has started popping up now and then
as I drive down the road. The hood does not open. It just goes to the
first release and shakes until I stop and re-close it. It's been happening
more and more as time goes on.

I have lubricated the mechanism and the linkage, but this did not help.
Has anyone here experienced this before? What should I look at now
as the possible cause? Or does this require a technician?

cjm94 11-04-2011 09:29 PM

Make sure the release cable is returning all the way. If it is the latch is most likely shot. If not releasing you need a new cable they get old and bind inside the outer sheathing.

Mack daddy 11-05-2011 01:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jazan
My 2007 Subaru Outback's hood has started popping up now and then
as I drive down the road. The hood does not open. It just goes to the
first release and shakes until I stop and re-close it. It's been happening
more and more as time goes on.

I have lubricated the mechanism and the linkage, but this did not help.
Has anyone here experienced this before? What should I look at now
as the possible cause? Or does this require a technician?

As a master Subaru tech of 20 years, try to adjust the latch first!! It's not up high enough.. It's only 3 12 mm bolts and slide it up.. Is the car from the east coast??
Rust can cause this latch problem also.. Has the car been wrecked?

Jazan 11-05-2011 07:31 PM

Follow-Up On Subaru Hoodlatch Problem
 
Thanks you both for your helpful replies. The cable is in good shape and moves freely. No rust or dirt in or around the latch mechanism. When I
decided to try the adjustment by loosening the three screws, the upper
two are reachable, but the lower one is blocked. Is there a special tool for that one? Or is does the grille have to come off before I can loosen it?
Also, once I get the screws loose, are the screw holes slightly slotted
to allow for adjustment upward as you suggest? Thanks again!

Mack daddy 11-05-2011 08:24 PM

You can get a swivel socket on it.. It does. It have to be loosened much.. That should take care of your problem...


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