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Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

Hi guys. I have a '98 Grand Cherokee Laredo with a silly problem. Its been sitting for a couple of months and the battery has died thanks to the over-sensitive security system going off every time someone looks at it too hard. To add to this, the door locks are seized so I can only get in using the electronic fob but this, of course doesn't work with a dead battery. I'll need to open the hood to boost it somehow. From what I've read, the slimjim option probably won't work on this model to get the door open to reach the hood release so I have to get the hood open some other way. I've tried to remove the grill, taking the two visible screws out from the front but the grill is still firmly attached at the top with screws under the hood. Is there some other way to get to the cable and release the hood?

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Old 06-14-2015, 11:29 AM
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

Welcome to the garage.
I don't know the ZJ, but I was thinking at an other creative way to get power to open the doors , without having to break anything. If you have a battery charger, you could connect the positive lead to the starter motor solenoid positive wire and the negative lead to any ground wire bolt you will find under there. After charging the battery a bit, the locks should be able to open.
Also, a battery will loose its charge over time and after several months there will be no charge left, even without an alarm going of or the normal battery drain due to the several modules memory functions. If you don't drive your jeep, you better charge it once a month or so. A battery looses 30% of its charge in a month, without any use.
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

If you have a 7-pin trailer connector, you might be able to feed in a charge thru that..
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

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If you have a 7-pin trailer connector, you might be able to feed in a charge thru that..
This was my first gues as well but i donīt have a wiring manual for the ZJ. I checked it for the WJ (what can be different from the ZJ ofcourse), but i couldnīt find any direct feeding wire, they all come via a relay (which are all relaxed now)
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

Sorry, not too familiar with your truck. Are you able to open the rear hatch with a key and crawl into the front?
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

Durangos from that era have pin 4 of the 7-pin connector connected to unswitched battery feed thru a fuse.. yours might be the same.
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

Might be faster to get a really good light and a buddy and a Sears special screwdriver or hook. Peek in and see if you can see where the cable attaches to the hood latch and if you can poke/tug on that with screwdriver or coat hanger.

A dealer or repo shop should take only a couple minutes to get in there for you.
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

All locks are seized. I can't get in from any door and can't get the hood open so far. At least not from the top. I'll try crawling under tomorrow and see if I can yank the cable somewhere. Its been raining here lately so I haven't felt like wallowing in the mud... I bought a battery charger anyways so I'll either get the hood open or else see if I can locate the starter motor solenoid wire. I'll let ya know... Thanks for the help guys.
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

Should be able to crawl under and Disconnect the Positive lead from the starter to another good battery/jumper cable or Battery charger. Neg. goes to frame anywhere.

Edit: NVM didn't see that was already suggested, d'oh!
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

It worked! Thanks guys!
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

So did you put the battery charger positive on the starter motor solenoid wire?
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Re: Locks seized. Battery dead. Need to open hood...

Yep. Did the trick.
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