The battery is dead and I cant get the hood open 1996 Contour.
I have a 1996 Ford Contour with a dead battery and the hood is completely stuck shut. When I try to use the hood release I hear a click but nothing happens. It seems a little loose but I cant be sure. The car is parked too close to the garage for me to get underneath and really do anything. Is there an alternate method of getting the hood open without damaging it? Thanks.
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If the battery has voltage but the car is dead, check the cables and the fuseable links. The fuseable links are wires that act like fuses. There may also be some maxi fuses that power the fuse boxes and major components. Also check the ground connections. In most cases a major fuse is blown or the battery cables are corroded.
Do youself a favor and take it to a shop, preferably a Body Shop . They do this all the time from head on collisions.If your gonna try this youself lay on a creeper wear garbadge men gloves and look for the cable under the hood. Once you found it pull it hard you'll hear it release the latch. If this doesn't work geta flat screwdriver and good luck tring to get the latch too release.
Trust me its worth the $50 bucks, a visit to the chiropractors is a heck of a lot more. lol
The electric locks will have to have some charge in the battery before they will work. Even if you have a keypad entry system, you need some power. Can you connect cable to battery positive from below car? Or is hood open? If you can connect from underneath car, go to positive terminal on battery, and ground anywhere on the frame, then try your remote entry. And, where's your door key? Take a lock out, and have the local dealership cut you one. It was only $ 5.00. I just had one made.
you will need to do a test with a battery light disconnect the negative wire on the battery and connect one end of the test light to the battery and the other to the terminal with everything switched off if the test light is lit you have a draw if it is not lit then it is something else sometimes door switches and glove box switches wear out and need added lift to properly shut the open circuit down
Open the hood and look at the very back corner (passenger side) of the engine compartment, there will be a white plastic bottle with a black thread on lid. This is where the power steering fluid goes. The bottle has marks on the side of it to indicate how far to fill if needed.