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Old 12-06-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Need help with getting into my car!

Long story short, my 12V battery drained out on my Mazda Tribute. To make matters worse, the key lock is broken and Mazda made a dick move to put only one key lock on the driver's side door...

Is there anyway I can get into the car to unlatch the hood so I can access the battery?

I can only think of two things: break into the car using a clothes hanger, which I don't know how... or get underneath the car and tap into the 12 V line with another car battery/power supply..

what's the easiest way?!?
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no way, get the door opened tats all
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:43 PM   #3
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how? is there someone I should call?
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how? is there someone I should call?
Any tow truck company will slim jim your door for you, just say goodbye to your window sills.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:52 AM   #6
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Full framed door? Good luck.

If you're mechanically inclined, I'd say:

- see if you can access the batt. terminal on the starter solenoid or alternator
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- see if you can access the hood release cable from outside the vehicle

Short of that, call a tow truck or BCAA if you have a membership
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or get underneath the car and tap into the 12 V line with another car battery/power supply..

what's the easiest way?!?
Wouldnt you still need to get into the car?
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:57 AM   #8
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Wouldnt you still need to get into the car?
I'm ASSuming, his batt is so dead, the pdl won't open via remote. I find it odd that the batt is so dead though, unless it hasn't been driven for a really long time.
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thats why i like my old cars, mostly manual crap. less to go wrong . Hope you got something figured out by now OP
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What about getting into the car through the rear liftgate?

What year Tribute is it?
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it's a 2008 Mazda Tribute

I haven't tried looking at the rear trunk to see if there's a key lock yet!
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #13
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I haven't tried looking at the rear trunk to see if there's a key lock yet!
So was there a lock on the rear liftgate?
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there has to be a keylock in the lift gate. I have a older tribute 2001.
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Is it me, or is there no key hole on the liftgate?


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Climb underneath and hook jumper cables up at the main lead on the starter motor if its accessible.
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Suggested the same thing, Phil, and by looking at engine diagrams, it might be possible but...

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I can only think of two things: break into the car using a clothes hanger, which I don't know how...
...if he doesn't know how to use a wedge and hanger, he'll be better off calling a pro.
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^ how is he gonna park in surrey if he can't open the door? lol
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Yea, there is no key slot in the rear lift gate for some stupid reason...

Maybe I'll have to resort to calling BCAA afterall..
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