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my 2019 Ascent was left in Florida last April. we have a house sitter that planned to start it and give it a little exercise every week or 2. at this point, he cannot open the car with the fob. he also cannot open the car with the manual key. the total car seems to be dead. the car is stored in a covered parking spot. there seems to be no way to get into the car. the car battery may be dead but there is not way to get the hood open to jump it.

the house sitter has tried everything and he has no added clue about how to enter the car.

Does anyone have any thoughts?
 

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I do believe the manual key only works in one orientation so maybe try flipping the key around.
 

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I do believe the manual key only works in one orientation so maybe try flipping the key around.
True. I had never tried my manual key before so I figured I’d give it a shot. Key only fits in fully one way and only unlocks it when turned clockwise. There wasn’t much of any resistance.
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This thread is making me think I should give my manual key a try, just to make sure it works okay. Never had need to try it before, but better to try it proactively then to wait until it's necessary and find out the hard way if for some reason it doesn't work.
 

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my 2019 Ascent was left in Florida last April. we have a house sitter that planned to start it and give it a little exercise every week or 2. at this point, he cannot open the car with the fob. he also cannot open the car with the manual key. the total car seems to be dead. the car is stored in a covered parking spot. there seems to be no way to get into the car. the car battery may be dead but there is not way to get the hood open to jump it.

the house sitter has tried everything and he has no added clue about how to enter the car.

Does anyone have any thoughts?
Do you have the oem tow hitch and wiring installed, they could use the battery slot on the 7 pin connector to charge the battery up.
 

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my 2019 Ascent was left in Florida last April. we have a house sitter that planned to start it and give it a little exercise every week or 2. at this point, he cannot open the car with the fob. he also cannot open the car with the manual key. the total car seems to be dead. the car is stored in a covered parking spot. there seems to be no way to get into the car. the car battery may be dead but there is not way to get the hood open to jump it.

the house sitter has tried everything and he has no added clue about how to enter the car.

Does anyone have any thoughts?
I have found that using just the door handle works best for me, both for locking and unlocking. Once I pushed the gate bottom inside at the same time wife pushed the bottom on the gate. Car was not happy, had to lock then unlock with handle before I could get the gate to open. Fob battery may be the issue also.
The key is for worst case back up and should work.
 
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