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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-30-2006, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hood doesn't pop-up

The hood on my '01 Forester L doesn't pop-up when I pull the inside latch. There must be some way to adjust it, but I can't figure it out. The hood is not damaged and the sides are flush with the fenders. The only way I can open it is to prop a big screw driver under the interior latch to keep it open; then I can pull up on the hood. Obviously, I want the hood to pop-up an inch or so when I pull the interior latch. Can someone tell me how to fix it?

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Sound like it needs some lube or the spring is missing.

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Does it feel any different from normal when you pull the release lever? If it feels extremely loose, then you probably have a broken or disconnected cable. If it feels about normal, then the problem is probably somewhere in the latch mechanism.

One way or another, this sounds like it might merit a trip to the junkyard. But start with a good spray of WD40 (or equivalent) down into the latch mechanism. It can't hurt.

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WD40 fixed it

Your idea worked. I hosed the latch down with WD40 (mechanic in a can) and it works great. Thanks for the help!

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Glad to hear it!

My Forester is currently exhibiting the opposite symptoms. The hood won't stay latched and is currently secured with a piece of twine. But I think I'll start with the same treatment, since WD40 cures all ills.

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Sure enough, even though the symptoms were the opposite, a few squirts of penetrant (I used KB because it was close at hand) appear to have returned the hood latch to proper operation. I haven't given it a heavy duty road test yet, but it appears to require very little force--just the typical drop of a few inches--to grab solidly.

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Damn, I wanted to suggest disabling the pop-up blocker ....

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Very clever!!

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