SUBARUPictures of how I fixed the insane annoying chirping squeaking noise that was driving me CRAZY every time I went over a bump or closed a freakin car door on the Subaru Legacy Outback.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. Needle nose pliers to unlock these clips. So easy a five year old can do it.
    squeeze clips

  2. There are two more clips hiding on the sides, they lift up to come off.
    lift clips

  3. Could this dirty little bastard be the cause of all the damn chirping noises that shame me every time I slam the door in the parking lot of the In N Out Burger?

  4. There is a little wire on the top right in the picture, this is the hood latch release wire. The black plastic clip on the wire pops out of the metal on the side of the latch and the ball on the end of the wire is then free to maneuver out of the latch.
    wire     wire removed

  5. Scrubbed it with some organic holistic non toxic green love lotion, or possibly kerosene, and a wire brush.

  6. Lithium grease is good. It sticks. I use it for my bike chain and for the clutch throw out bearing and probably some other stuff. It's not WD40 or 3 in 1, but in my top 5.
    lithium grease

  7. Hood latch release wire reinstalled.
    wire reattached

  8. Lower latch installed.
    latch installed

  9. And with the greasing of the upper part of the latch, the chirping squeaking nightmare is over.
    upper latch greased

  10. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  11. Then I finished my beer.

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