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'98 Outback Tailgate Stuck
Posted 22 July 2003 - 11:09 AM
Posted 22 July 2003 - 03:53 PM
However, it's very easy to take the lower cover off the inside of the hatch.
Pull the 6 little plastic pins across the bottom. Don't lose the grommet "thingy" that they push in to. Best to remove them too before popping the panel off.
The top of the panel is held on by 6 snaps. You can see the outside ones if you open the little flaps to get at the bulbs. Just push (from inside) or pull (from outside) straight out from the hatch and they will snap out fairly easily.
Now you can at least see the linkages, etc. Perhaps you'll discover your problem.
(PS - I just had all this apart (including the pillars and top interior pieces) a couple of weeks ago. I installed a top mounted rear window washer sprayer. )
Posted 22 July 2003 - 08:01 PM
Meantime, I called my dealership to see if it has been a recurring problem. Of course, I got the "no, never heard of it before" response. I find it quite interesting that another friend has the same exact problem, but this is all new to Subaru.
My friend actually brought his car to a mechanic and had it all cleaned out. The mechanic told him that he found some moisture in there that may have caused the problem.
Posted 23 July 2003 - 05:40 AM
Posted 23 July 2003 - 07:14 PM
It's pretty common with our years wagons. From what I've gathered its due to the exhaust blowing back and rusting the untreated metal parts. (check the left side strut brackets and cushioned posts. mine are yucky)
I've a printout of the archieved thread. The title is "Rear latch bracket rusted" and it was posted by PAezb on 5/2/02. Hopefully that's enough info to find it in the archieves.
You'll want to replace the bracket and the handle. It's pretty easy to do. Parts # 84927AC020 and 62150AA211. I got mine for $18 and $12 from 1stsubaruparts.com
I've looked at other mid-late 90's wagons, and most of them have some rust at the handle and bracket, too.
Anyway, follow the instructions Commuter gave in the thread and you'll be doing just fine.
Posted 24 July 2003 - 06:02 PM
Posted 25 July 2003 - 05:28 AM
OK...maybe I'm braindead... I spent a whole Saturday staring at those top snaps and I can't figure them out. From the inside,(looking at them thru the little flap), the look like phillips head screws.
Let's say the hatch is open and I'm standing under it. Which way do I pull,or push ?
Posted 25 July 2003 - 11:09 AM
You pull the panel straight out from the steel. Put another way, these snaps go in (and come out) on the <strong>same axis</strong> as the lower pins. (Well, parallel axis to be proper.) Follow?
If you have the hatch open and you are under it, the panel will be essentially horizontal. You will be pulling it straight down toward the ground.
There is <strong>no</strong> sliding the panel up, or down, or sideways... Just straight "out".
Posted 25 July 2003 - 08:52 PM
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