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    Exclamation 88 cougar fuse panel keyless entry what side of the fuse is pwr what side circuit?

    Hi guys.

    1988 Cougar

    Here is my problem.

    1. This car is a donor car for fixing up a newer better 88 Cougar.
    2. My next step is to install manual transmission pedals in the new car.
    3. The manual transmission pedals are locked in the old cougar.
    4. There is no battery in the old Cougar.
    5. I have lost the keys to the old Cougar.
    6. I have keyless entry on the old Cougar.
    7. I don't want to tear up the trunk or the hood of the old Cougar
    8. The doors are not locked on the old Cougar
    9. I can't crawl through the back seat of the old cougar to the trunk because there is a huge speaker box on
    the back of the seats in the trunk.
    10. I have in the past just opened the hood hooked up a spare battery [with jumper cables] and used the keyless to
    get in the trunk.
    11 Big surprise today. The hood is stuck closed. I have searched the Google and this forum. Several tips found for opening the hood.
    12. A friend and I have tried everything, can't get the hood open.

    So here is my plan. I will run two 16 gauge wires from my spare battery to the one fuse and one circuit breaker [CB]that power the keyless entry. Then open the trunk.

    I don't know which side of the fuse and which side of the circuit breaker are connected to the battery and which side is connected to the circuit.

    Attached is the schematic of the fuse panel. The keyless fuse is fuse 5. The keyless CB is CB 12.

    I have put a red dot on one side of Fuse 5 and CB 12. I have also put a blue dot on one side of Fuse 5 and CB 12.

    Does anyone know which dot red or blue on Fuse 5 and CB 12 go to the circuit?

    I understand the answer might be red for one and blue for the other.

    I promise when I get the trunk open this time I will take the lock out and get a locksmith to make me a key.

    Thanks in advance
    Roadbird
    Gary
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    No easy way to figure that out with out making some continuity checks from the fuse sockets to the connectors below the fuse panel.

    If you are 100% sure the positive battery cable is not touching ground under the hood, the cigarette lighter socket can be used power everything that doesn't need the key on. If you have one of those plugs for powering stuff from the lighter you can put power on the wire that goes to the center contact of the plug.

    If you can get to the trunk release button, disconnect the purple with yellow stripe wire from the switch. touching your power wire to the purple wire will open the trunk. This may be the safest way to go.

    Ground the negative side of the battery to the car somewhere.

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    Great information. Thanks so much. I forgot all about the trunk release button ! That is the one in the glove box, right?

    100% on battery cable not touching ground.

    One little thing, because it is night time and raining and I can't really go out in me back yard to look.

    Do I understand that tomorrow when I look at the trunk release button that there will be two wires, one that is purple/yellow stripe and one that is solid purple?

    Roadbird

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    A dealer can usually make keys with just the Vin number, or at least that's what we used to do with all out work trucks when we lost a key. Could usually have it done for less then $10.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
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    1986 cougar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadbird View Post
    Great information. Thanks so much. I forgot all about the trunk release button ! That is the one in the glove box, right?

    100% on battery cable not touching ground.

    One little thing, because it is night time and raining and I can't really go out in me back yard to look.

    Do I understand that tomorrow when I look at the trunk release button that there will be two wires, one that is purple/yellow stripe and one that is solid purple?

    Roadbird
    The trunk release button is in the glove compartment on the 84, not sure about the 88.

    The trunk release switch will have a purple with yellow stripe wire and a white with purple stripe wire.

    purple/yellow goes to the trunk release solenoid.
    white/purple goes to fuse #6
    Sorry for the confusion.
    Last edited by softtouch; 06-11-2016 at 01:19 PM.

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    Thanks again Softtouch

    I found the wires just like you said. Purple/Yellow and two White/Purple connected together as one to the switch.

    I will be popping that trunk open tomorrow and will post the results tomorrow evening.

    Roadbird
    Gary

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    I am happy to report that instructions from Softtouch worked perfectly. Hooked a battery up to ground touched the purple white wire with +12v and the trunk popped open!
    :-)

    Unhappy to report that the trunk was almost empty and the pedal assembly was not there.
    :-(

    Thanks to all, especially Softtouch.


    Roadbird
    Gary
    Last edited by Roadbird; 06-13-2016 at 11:13 PM.

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