hood latch

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Old 08-24-05, 04:16 PM
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hood latch

Seems like this should be simple enough, but I can't seem to find the fix. The hood latch on '97 Outback won't catch. The latch is a little rusty, but the spring seems to work fine. However, only the manual release lever seems to be holding the hood down. Any notions?
 
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Old 08-24-05, 04:38 PM
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first spray some penetrating oil in the latch and all over it, then lift the hood about halfway up let it drop.


has the car been in an accident, did someone spin the rubber bumps out more, the bolts loose to the latch and slid,
 
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Old 08-27-05, 04:19 AM
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Thanks. Actually managed to fix it myself the next morning, when I didn't have a 2-year-old "helping" me. I had tried penetrating oil before posting but it didn't do the trick, but I was able to find the release lever at the bottom of the mechanism and manually reset it the next morning.
 
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