What Do I Do If My Subaru Back Hatch Won’t Open?

If the rear hatch of your Subaru would not open, there are a few things you can try before calling a professional. First, attempt to reset the system by depressing the button for many seconds or multiple times. If the hatch remains immobile, there may be an issue with the connection or the lift supports. Alternately, if the hatch moves but does not latch, the latch itself may be faulty.

Open the inner hatch cover and search for evidence of wear or damage to inspect the latch. If necessary, remove the cover plate and employ a flashlight for a closer inspection. If you observe apparent deterioration, such as rust or corrosion, you can clean and lubricate the latch. If there is no obvious damage, attempt to tighten the latch bolts and replace any screws or washers that are missing.

If the back hatch of your Subaru would not open, you may need to repair the latch. If you don’t feel comfortable performing the task yourself, you may wish to contact a professional. If the problem is the lift supports, you can replace them yourself if you have the proper equipment and knowledge of mechanical systems.

Regardless of the reason why your Subaru’s rear hatch won’t open, it is essential to solve the issue as soon as possible. The longer you wait to seek professional assistance, the more damage may be done, so do not hesitate to do so.


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