Subaru Forester trunk won’t open

Asked by May 10, 2018 at 05:48 PM about the 2004 Subaru Forester

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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
won’t budge.

6 Answers


Climb inside and remove access panel to force-unlock mechanism. Then lube and exercise before reassembly.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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