Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Rochester, NY
Car: 2004 Subaru Outback 35th Anniversary Edition, H6 3.0 4EAT
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Since the lever inside the car swings freely, the cable might have become disengaged or broke at the release lever. You'll have to get under the dash and find out if the cable has broken at that point. If the cable hasn't broken and is still attached to the release lever, then the release lever on the hood latch may have become stuck. Just go WD-40 crazy on the hood latch to lube it up and get it working freely again.
You can remove the latch assembly from it's bracket, but don't take apart the inner workings!
Hope this helps.