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Old 01-17-2012, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Two failures in my car have created a bit of a problem (2000 Mercury Sable Wagon)...

Problem #1 - something drained the battery. I suspect whatever controls the auto headlights broke and left the headlights on when I shut off the car. I noticed that they were on while I was driving during the day.

Problem #2 - the hood will not open no matter how much I coax it. The cheap plastic hood release mechanism actually snapped off, and pulling the cable will not pop open the hood. It is completely stuck closed.

So at the moment my car is one massive paperweight. How can I open the hood if pulling on the cable doesn't release it?
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have someone press down on the hood slightly while you pull the cable. this will help relieve some tension on the lock. you can hit the latch with some lube spray also. the straw will help get it in the tight area
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Thanks! I caught someone walking down the street and he helped me open the hood. Got the battery charged and running again... Hopefully it'll start again tomorrow . The hood seems to be opening normally again.
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i would have the alt and battery checked at the local parts store. i.e autozone advanced ....
test is free and will make sure everything is in good shape. this time of yr (cold weather) will let you know if the battery is bad.
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Believe it or not the battery is less than a month old. It just got replaced. If I have more trouble with it I will take it back the the garage I got it installed in. The battery was working great until the day I noticed my automatic headlights were running in daylight. I will get the alt checked too. I drove it around for 45 min tonight so far so good.

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Also, is this normal? I have one of those self-jumping boxes. I had to leave it clamped to the battery for about 10-15 minutes before the battery had enough juice to rev the starter enough to start the car. Granted the battery was completely empty.

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Also, is this normal? I have one of those self-jumping boxes. I had to leave it clamped to the battery for about 10-15 minutes before the battery had enough juice to rev the starter enough to start the car. Granted the battery was completely empty.
Completely normal, it's just another battery in a box. It doesn't have a high current capability like a 120 volt, plug in booster-charger.
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Completely normal, it's just another battery in a box. It doesn't have a high current capability like a 120 volt, plug in booster-charger.
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Given the age of the car you may want to lube the hood lock with light grease. And remove the cable from the hood lock and lube this up as well, bicycle chain lube.

Body lubrication is key to keep these items moving smoothly.

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Yup, grease is your friend on the hood latch and the bar on the hood. It should be very easy to open the hood when it's properly lubricated. A way to test is to set the hood in the latch then push it down the rest of the way (right before it latches). If the latch is properly lubricated, when you let go the hood should pop right back up.

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