This can be used to start your car when you’ve lost your keys, or to get a car going in an emergency situation. And you just never know when this skill will come in handy – especially during a SHTF situation.
These methods are surprisingly simple. They may not work with all cars, particularly new ones that require microchip activation to get started.
The “Hot Wire” Method For Starting A Car
This method requires rewiring the car to bypass the ignition system.
- First you need to determine if the steering wheel lock can be disabled. Pull the steering shaft off the back of the steering wheel. Look for a little disk with holes that the lock pops into. If possible, remove the disk.
- Use a screwdriver to remove the access cover underneath the steering wheel.
- Remove the harness collector to gain access to the ignition wiring.
- Find the two red wires. Strip 1/2 inch of insulation off of each end, and then twist the wires together. Make sure the exposed wires do not touch any metal. Make sure these wires stay twisted when driving, as you will lose power if they come loose.
- Find the brown wire. Strip 1/2 inch of insulation off of the end.
- Touch the end of the brown wire against the twisted ends of the red wires until there is engine ignition.
- Once the engine is going, keep the brown and red wires separate, to avoid sparks and draining the battery.
The Screwdriver Method For Starting A Car
This method uses a drill to disable the lock pins, and will destroy the key switch. Once this is done, the key mechanism will be permanently damaged. Any key, screwdriver, or flat piece of metal will be able to start the car from this point on.
- Drill into the key hole, about 2/3 up, where the inner flap starts. Drill into it as deep as a key would.
- Remove the drill bit, allowing the lock bits to fall into place.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 a few times, until all the bits are in place.
- Put a flat head screwdriver into the keyhole, and turn it the way you would a key.
Remember that these methods may cause damage to a car, so use only as a last resort.
Always wear insulated gloves when working with wires.
And again… only for legal purposes!