Before I did the shafts, i tried starting the motor with the hood up, without knowing about the hood switch.
Would it cause a no start condition after the fact with the circuit closed(held down by ziptie)?
I have also activated the alarm without using the key fob, jjst opening the door after jumping the now 4 year old dead battery.
Cant justify a new battery unless I can get it running.... alarm issue or hood switch issue?
Not sure if you have solved this yet but I still thought I would squeeze my input in.
To the best of my knowledge, it should start with the hood open. I start mine all the time (albeit with the alarm disabled) with the hood open. Make sure you are getting good contact on your jumper cables though and try to get use the EKA code (procedure in the RAVE) to make sure that the Alarm is disarmed.