Skip to Content

How To Open Ford Fusion Hood [Inc. When The Battery Is Dead]

Disclosure: We may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

It can be worrisome if your Ford Fusion car battery dies and is locked out. However, there are a few steps you can get around this situation. So don't panic, and keep reading this article to access your battery!

If need to open the hood on your Ford Fusion but you're locked out due to a dead battery, follow these steps:

  • First, take out the key located in the key fob.
  • Next, place the key into the key slot located underneath the driver door handle and unlock the door.
  • Now, locate the hood release latch located underneath the steering by the floor.
  • Pull, the hood release, and exit the vehicle.
  • Next, go to the vehicle's front and locate the hood release to the hood's right.
  • Lastly, prop open the hood and locate the battery so you can jumpstart it.

Vehicles like the Ford Fusion with key fobs can confuse first-time users. However, you don't need to worry if your battery dies or your key fob battery dies because, in this article, we will walk you through accessing your car. In addition, we will answer other frequently asked questions about the Ford Fusion, so read on!

A light beige Ford Fusion Energi (American plug-in hybrid 4-door midsize sedan - 2nd Gen) displayed inside Ford pavilion, How To Open Ford Fusion Hood [Inc. When The Battery Is Dead]

How to Open Ford Fusion Hood With Dead Battery

A key fob is a small, remote-control device to unlock and start your car. It is typically an electronic device programmed to lock, unlock, or start your car.

It allows the user to keep their keys tucked away safely in their pocket rather than carrying them with them when they exit their vehicle. However, this convenience can cause issues if the fob battery dies and you cannot access your car from it.

In addition, the car key used to open your Ford Fusion can also cause problems if the car battery dies and you can't use the key fob remote to open the Ford Fusion.

If your battery dies and you can't unlock your Ford Fusion, there is still a way to get in. In the key fob itself is a hidden key. Locate the slide on the key fob and release it to take the key out.

Next, locate the key slot underneath the driver's door handle and put the key into it. By doing this, you will unlock the car door, where you can then access the hood latch.

The hood latch will be located on the car's floor left of the steering wheel. Pull the hood release, and you will hear the hood pop open. However, the hood won't be completely open, so you will need to exit the Ford Fusion to prop it open.

Once you have exited the vehicle, you will need to locate the hood latch on the driver's side underneath the hood. Pull the hood latch to prop open the hood. Now you can access the battery that will be under a plastic cover.

How to jumpstart a Ford Fusion

Now you will need to jumpstart the battery with the help of another vehicle or with a jumpstart box. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. First, identify the positive and negative battery terminals.
  2. Now, connect the positive cable to the positive terminal of another car.
  3. Next, connect the negative cable to the negative terminal in another car.
  4. Turn both cars on and let them idle for about 15 minutes. This will help jumpstart your Ford Fusion battery and let it charge.
  5. If the Ford Fusion doesn't start, remove the battery cables and resecure them onto the terminals. Sometimes the connection isn't secure enough first for proper connection.

The last of the 2020 Ford Fusion car models. The Agate Black car has black wheels

How to start a Ford Fusion with a dead key fob battery

If your Ford Fusion key fob battery is dead, there is still a way to start the vehicle. To do this, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. First, locate the hidden key in the key fob as mentioned above.
  2. Unlock the door by putting the key in the door handle slot located underneath the driver door handle.
  3. Once you have unlocked the door, you will need to sit in the driver's seat.
  4. Locate the key fob slot either in the center console or the steering console.
  5. Put the key fob in the slot with the buttons facing out.
  6. While holding down the brake, use the key fob to press the start button.
  7. By doing this, the vehicle will recognize the key fob and start.

Once you have the car started, you will be able to go to a Ford dealer or a local automotive store like AutoZone or O'Reilly's to get a new key fob battery. 

How To Open the Ford Fusion Hood From the Outside

If you run into a situation where your hood won't release from the inside of the vehicle, then follow these steps:

  • First, you will need a long flat head screwdriver.
  • Next, go to the second grill piece on the vehicle's front.
  • On the far drive side of the grill, put the flat head screwdriver into the grill.
  • You will feel a metal notch that you need to push to the vehicle's right.
  • You will hear a clicking noise when the hood latch releases.
  • Repeat these steps on the far passenger side of the vehicle.
  • Again, locate the metal latch inside of the second grill piece.
  • Repeat, pressing the hood latch release by pushing towards the vehicle's right.

This can be a frustrating process that will take some finesse. However, to help you out, watch the Youtube video provided below for a visual.

Ford Fusion Hood Latch Location

The Ford Fusion has two hood latch locations. You will need the first one to use the one inside the Ford Fusion located by the driver's door floor. Next, you will need to locate the second hood latch located underneath the hood on the driver's side.

Ford Fusion Hood Latch Broken

If the Ford Fusion hood latch located inside the vehicle is broken, you can still use it. However, you need to remove the hood latch to access the release cable. Once you have removed the hood latch, use pliers to pull the release cable.

If the hood latch lever located inside the vehicle is delicate, but the one under the hood is broken, you will need to take a different approach.

  1. Pull the hood lever inside of the vehicle to pop the hood.
  2. Using pliers or vice grips, grab onto the metal hood lever to release the hood.
  3. It is helpful to have someone assist you in opening the hood during this process. 

Ford Fusion won't start - What could be wrong?

The total system output is rated at 188 horsepower.

If your Ford Fusion doesn't start then, it could be a warning sign of a bigger problem. Before you run to your local automotive store, there are a few standard things to check for:

Dead Battery

One of the most common reasons your Ford Fusion won't start is a dead car battery. If this is the case, try jumpstarting the vehicle as mentioned earlier.

If that doesn't work, you can always take out the battery and have it tested at a local automotive store. They will tell you if the battery is bad and will need to be replaced.

Corroded Battery Terminals

Close up of a car batter terminal that is corroded.

It is always important to check if your battery terminals are corroded.

This can be dangerous as it could lead to corrosion of the car's electrical system. To fix this, you will need some wire brushes and baking soda.

Loose Battery Cables

If the battery cables are loose on the car, it can cause your car not to start. You will need to tighten the battery cable bolts with a wrench to fix this.

However, if, after tightening up all of the bolts, they still seem loose, then you may have one bad bolt that has corroded inside of the battery cable. Then, you can take the cables to a local automotive store and get new battery cables.

However, if you are going to go through this process, you might take the whole battery with you to have it tested. The technician will diagnose the problem and recommend a course of action.

Dead Key Fob Battery

If your Ford Fusion doesn't start then, it could be because the key fob batteries are dead. There is a tiny slot on the back of each key fob to insert a pin and pry off the back cover. Once you have done this, replace the battery and test to see if your car will start.

As mentioned earlier, if you don't have extra key fob batteries handy, then you can start the car by following the steps mentioned earlier in this article.

Bad Alternator

If your Ford Fusion doesn't start then, it could be caused by a bad alternator. To check to see if your alternator is bad, you can charge the battery. Once the battery is charged, start the car and see if the battery dies again.

If it does, this is a sign that the alternator is bad and not keeping the battery charged. Usually, when the alternator is failing, electrical components will start going out, such as the radio, heat, air conditioning, and lights.

Bad Starter

Lastly, it could be a bad start if you have ruled out battery troubles. Bad starters will make a clicking or grinding noise when you start the vehicle. This is a sign that the motor, solenoid, or starter relay is bad and will need to be replaced.

Close Up of Jumper Cables in Use.

Final Thoughts

 Ford Fusion, taken at 2019 Vancouver Auto Show

It's frustrating when you can't open the hood of your Ford Fusion. However, it is handy that Ford put the extra key in the key fob when trouble pops up. If you are still having issues, contact a Ford mechanic for help.

For more articles like this one, check these out:

Why Is My Ford Fusion Jerking And Shaking?

How To Remote Start A Ford Fusion

How Long Is A Ford Fusion?