I can't get into my 2003 ford escape with the key or fob. Yesterday I had to get a jump. Will a dead battery even keep me from unlocking manually with the key? If so how do I get my hood open?

80

Asked by Aug 21, 2013 at 09:58 PM about the 2003 Ford Escape XLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

8 Answers

254,425

So you can't get into the vehicle now even with using the key manually?

18 of 18 people found this helpful.
26,585

Even with a dead battery, you should still be able to separate the metal key from the fob, insert that key into the door and open it up manually. Then, pull the latch for the hood release...Voila!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
80

I can't get in even with the key therefore I can't pull the hood release

8 of 8 people found this helpful.
26,585

Got AAA or ANY sort of Roadside Assistance available? They can slim jim the door open....Last Resort: Police officer can do the same thing (as long as you prove you're the owner).

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

use a tennis ball~____http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNaSTipOYy8

8 of 8 people found this helpful.
25,775

Just a thought if the key has never been used in the door lock, the lock cylinder maybe stuck and need a spray of WD40 and carefully work the lock back and forth with the key till it moves freely.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
30

I had the same problem. If your battery is completely dead the power locks will not operate...not even by turning the key. They are called power locks for a reason. I solved the problem by having the tow truck guy open the door by prying it open with a pump and manually pulling the door latch on the inside with the equivalent of a coat hanger. He then jump started the car. Once the car was running the locks worked again.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
10

Can't unlock door on 2013 ford escape and battery dead

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Escape

Looking for a Used Escape in your area?

CarGurus has 87,254 nationwide Escape listings starting at $1,088.

ZIP:

Ford Escape Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    5,620
  • #2
    Bratts
    Reputation
    2,980
  • #3
    kbro
    Reputation
    1,690
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda CR-V
813 Great Deals out of 54,678 listings starting at $1,750
Used Ford Explorer
859 Great Deals out of 63,389 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota RAV4
819 Great Deals out of 51,119 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-150
2,318 Great Deals out of 183,061 listings starting at $1,000
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
894 Great Deals out of 70,648 listings starting at $1,045
Used Ford Focus
751 Great Deals out of 52,923 listings starting at $999
Used Kia Sorento
474 Great Deals out of 28,988 listings starting at $1,999
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
251 Great Deals out of 14,055 listings starting at $1,995
Used Jeep Liberty
249 Great Deals out of 7,183 listings starting at $600

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Escape For Sale
8,433 listings starting at $17,932
2017 Ford Escape For Sale
111 Great Deals out of 46,634 listings starting at $13,385
2016 Ford Escape For Sale
102 Great Deals out of 3,949 listings starting at $10,900
2015 Ford Escape For Sale
146 Great Deals out of 5,088 listings starting at $8,999
2014 Ford Escape For Sale
253 Great Deals out of 9,246 listings starting at $6,999

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.