I'm trying to help a friend who owns an '87 Fiero and lost the keys (he needs to move it). He thinks someone left them under one of the hatches where he had them opened last month. The doors aren't locked but the battery is dead. Is there a way to open the rear hatch without the key to get to the battery? Also, I can loan him my tools to take the ignition out of the column. I assume it's like other GM columns in assembly?
Sounds like he's out of luck for other approaches then. Maybe a jump-start option with the cig lighter input. He has to move it by the end of the month. Maybe a pile of other keys might by chance open it.
Okay, great. I wasn't even sure that switch was the front or rear hatch. He's not a Fiero guy so he didn't know either. I'll go after the relay under the dash first. So how does the front hatch open? Is there a pull cable as for a standard hood?
If you haven't already popped the trunk, just put 12volts to the cigarette lighter and the trunk lid will pop using the dash switch. I used a 12v. car battery as my source. I read about this method on Pennock's a number of years ago and used it to pop the trunk on an 85 Gt that has been in a warehouse for many years. It worked right away and I even made a jumper out of an old plug from a car vac. so it just plugs in and the trunk pops-dead battery or not! I can't remember who did the write up on this but I was really impressed since I had no keys to get into the trunk. Ended up not buying the car since it had a title problem. Three years later it still sits in that warehouse!
I had a plug in for the cig lighter so I soldered on some long wire to try that. At the storage lot it didn't work, but when we got it loaded and moved I tried again. It worked. You don't push the car icon on the lower part of the switch. You push the blank side of the rocker at the top. No time lost though since no keys were found. The car isn't so crusty underneath. It has 67k original miles. The exterior looks awful from someone grinding past the gel coat to trying to do his own paint prep. /