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Old 06-27-2012, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dog leash stuck in hatchback latch

So this is an embarrassing first post. While putting my wiggly puppy in the back, I managed to close the leash (half inch climbing webbing stye) on the latch. It's stuck in the latch itself, pulling on the leash does nothing as it is stuck very tight. Pulling on the exterior door latch feels like it is locked. I've tried pushing and pulling on the door to wiggle the leash out with no luck. Is there some way I can pull the lock apart? Thanks!

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Old 06-27-2012, 07:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You really need to just open the latch and pull really HARD. Pull at a place where you won't break anything, but that's pretty much it.
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In a Mitsubishi when my wife did this I tied the leash to a tree with rope and had a friend hold the door latch up and I drove forward gently. No amount of pulling could budge the stuck door.
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In a Mitsubishi when my wife did this I tied the leash to a tree with rope and had a friend hold the door latch up and I drove forward gently. No amount of pulling could budge the stuck door.
However crazy it may sound, this is not a bad idea - there is not much leverage on the handle itself and it is not very strong.
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Success! One tree and some tie downs, and it popped right out. The metal lip of the hatch bent very slightly as the metal hook came out, but it still closes perfectly. Thank you!
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