I did something stupid to my car---Any suggestions on how to fix it?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by maus, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. maus

    maus Songster

    Oct 30, 2007
    Well, I carefully placed a queen size sheet in the back of my Toyota Highlander to go get some hay for my horses. (My farm truck stopped running, so I am having to use my soccer mom vehicle to get hay for a while)
    I apparently wasnt all that careful, because I closed the hatchback on the sheet, and now the darn thing wont open. [​IMG]:
    I tried tugging at it, but I did a heck of a job covering the hook-thing that keeps the hatchback down, and it wont move. I thought about cutting the sheet, but I am worried that might make it even more difficult to get out. So, I had to bring my hay home last night on the roof of my car, and of course the neighbors saw my arrangement and found it very amusing...lol
    Anyway, does anyone have any ideas on how to get the sheet out of the hatchback-hook-thing other than taking it to a mechanic?
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2009
  2. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    hey...I've done stupid things like that! woo hoo!

    i have a mini van and i put the keys down on the bumper and shut it...and then it shut with the keys crammed in there and the latch didn't want to open.

    with a little bit of playing around...I finally got it.

    is the hatchback automatic? if so, could someone keep hitting the switch and someone else keep trying to push down and pull up on the back to try to free it? maybe use a flat head screw driver if you have any kind of room at all in there to mess with?

    I don't know...hope you can free it.

  3. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    Quote:The above post sounds like something reasonable to try. You might try it from outside the vehicle, and then try it from inside the vehicle.
  4. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    [​IMG] I don't feel so stupid now! I am the queen of this process. Ok tell me what sort of vehicle you have. I have a dodge grand caravan. Here is what I have to do. unlock the hatch from inside. THEN pull up on the handle and PUSH in at the key lock area. so you are pulling up and pushing in at the same time. When I do this it gives the lock a break by pushing it in and you are also unlatching the door. Try it and see if that works!
  5. onecent

    onecent Songster

    lol, i thought i was the only one who did stuff like that!! well, have someone on the inside pull the sheet , while your on the outside trying to mess with it & get it open, just keep trying, it will eventually get open, or try yahoo answers, they have mechanic's on there that might have a better way............good luck!!
  6. Black Feather

    Black Feather Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ummmm....I know this may sound silly, but did you check to see if it was unlocked?
  7. chickenmum

    chickenmum Songster

    Dec 7, 2008
    we've done the opposite. our hatchback won't close.[​IMG]
  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Cut the sheet and pull as much out as you can. Try it from inside
    and out.

    Then, put pressure on the door like you were trying to close it while
    pulling the latch or turning the key to open it. You may have to wrestle
    it but it should open.
  9. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    ...and then log on later to watch PC wrestle a turkey.
  10. [​IMG] I've done so many dumb things like that. Too bad your neighbors were out to witness it. [​IMG] Let us know what happens! [​IMG]

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