Subaru Forester trunk won’t open
Nothing is damaged but my trunk will not
open. It looks like it is partially open but
nothing seems to be wrong with it. It just
Climb inside and remove access panel to force-unlock mechanism. Then lube and exercise before reassembly.
If you haven’t already pulled the panel like above ^^, make sure the handle is completely pushed in (not pulled out any like you’re opening) and then try unlocking the doors and opening the hatch.
I just had this happen to the 2013 Outback we bought two months ago. Ours doesn't have a motor lift and close feature, just the electric latch. I suspect our actuator is old and the cool November weather may have reduced the battery power a little. I could hear the actuator trying so I forced the trunk open. I used a string shot of graphite on both the hasp and a few shots up into the latch. (There is no way to manually work the latch.)Then I closed it and it almost opened. I forced it open again I worked in the graphite in with closing and using the button a few more times and it is working great now, actually better than before. I use a dry graphite tube to spray all my locks and latches. It is better than grease because it doesn't gum up or attract dirt. I am a little worried that graphite conducts electricity but hey, it is a fused 12 volt circuit.
My new '19 Forester has done this three times now. This should be addressed by the NTSB as a serious safety issue. In an accident when the doors won't open, this could be a real problem for rescuers.
My Subaru Forester 19 has also done this a few times now. How can I fix it? I can’t open the boot. When I push the button it just beeps 3 times.
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