Here are 8 Steps You Can Follow To Hotwire Your Car In A Time of Emergency
If you've ever seen movies on car theft you know that thieves can break into cars and get the keys to them through wires.
We don't condone car theft but the ability to hotwire your vehicle will be useful in case you forget your keys.
The immobilizer is a feature that modern cars employ. To start the car, you must have the chip located near the ignition. In newer vehicles, hot wiring won't work. Before you try to hotwire your vehicle, make sure it has an immobilizer.
Although there are ways around the immobilizer you will need to have a lot more information.
- How to Hotwire Your Car
- 1. The plastic covering around the steering column should be removed
- 2. The ignition switch plug is located
- 3. Find the wiring for the ignition switch
- 4. Cut & Strip the battery, starter, and ignition wires
- 5. Twist your ignition + battery cable
- 6. Make sure the ignition switch is on
- 7. Keep the starter and battery cable together
- 8. Breathe!
- Drilling lock pins
How to Hotwire Your Car
Total Time Five minutes
1. The plastic covering around the steering column should be removed
You will first need to take off the plastic covering around the steering wheel in order to access the ignition switch. To remove the screws underneath the steering wheel, use a screwdriver. This is where you will find the connection to the ignition switch's wiring harness.
2. The ignition switch plug is located
Check the ignition switch’s backside, and you are going to find a connector going the ignition switch. The connector can be removed to cut or shorten them.
3. Find the wiring for the ignition switch
It is crucial to make hotwiring a success. It is essential to identify which connector does what. The wiring diagram can be found on certain cars. However, most people will need to look at a wiring schematic to see which wire is going where. The starter motor, starter and ignition wires must be identified. The ignition and starter cables are usually brown, with the starter being yellow. You should always confirm this with the owner’s manual, though.
Remember that if you don’t find the correct wiring diagram and put the wrong wires together, you can burn expensive parts like engine control units and even put your car on fire.
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4. Cut & Strip the battery, starter, and ignition wires
Once you have located the starter, ignition, and battery+ wires, it is time to strip them – if you don’t choose to short them in the connector instead.
5. Twist your ignition + battery cable
Start by twisting the cable and ignition together. Connect them together and you should feel a spark. If it doesn't, then the wires are probably bad.
6. Make sure the ignition switch is on
After the battery+ and ignition wires have been connected, the car should turn on. Most cars will also start the fuel pump. If the engine does not start, then you have probably connected the incorrect ignition cable or battery+.
7. Keep the starter and battery cable together
When you're sure the ignition switch is turned on, turn the engine around and it will start. For a few seconds, you will need to hold the starter motor cable together with the battery+ source until the engine turns on. Once the car turns on, disconnect the two cables. However, the ignition and battery+ cable should be left in place.
Last, remove the steering lock from your car if it has one. You will need to be strong in order to do this with some cars.
However, once you have broken the steering wheel lock you will be able to drive a functioning car.
To shut off the car – remove the ignition and battery+ wires from each other, and the car should die imminently.
- Wire Stripper
- Wiring diagram
Drilling lock pins
It should be used only in emergencies.
Drilling the lock pins is another way to get into your car. You can use this method to get the key out of your car. You will need to cover the keyhole with the drill bit until it is 60% covered. You will need to be oriented on the length and then drill in the keyhole. Small metal pits should appear. There are two components to each keyhole spring.
This method can cause damage to your keyhole. Turn the ignition switch on by removing the drill. Now that all the pins are broken, you don’t need to press the screwdriver so hard. You will see the engine come alive. It is possible for anyone to steal your car if the keyhole has been broken.