How to Hotwire A Car

If you find yourself without keys, and need to get your car going NOW, you may be in trouble. However, here is a guide on how to hotwire a car! 

Please note that it is illegal to hotwire a car that is not yours. You should also be aware that cars are engineered differently. If you're car has a remote start, or a push start, this may not work!

Is it Possible to Hotwire a Car?

Yes, it is very possible to hotwire a car. After all, it's not just something you see in the movies. However, there are a few things you should know before you start tearing apart your vehicle!

Firstly, you need to be the owner of the vehicle. Not to mention have PROOF that you are the owner of the vehicle. 

Third, you need to have a few spare tools to help you with this particular guide. There are several ways you can find on how to hotwire a car. However, in this guide it will be a pretty straightforward approach. You will need the following: 

  • Standard Screw Driver (Flat Head)
  • Drilling bit a bit larger than your key hole
  • Power Drill
  • Vacuum to clean up metal bits

Third, you should know that once you know how to hotwire a car this way, and you go through with it, anyone with a standard screwdriver can drive your vehicle! This particular method is by far the easiest way to do it, but it will also completely destroy your key switch.

You will need to have it professionally replaced, as well as get your hands one new keys (AND SPARES) so you don't have to go through this again. Not to mention no one could just drive off on your car!

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How to Hotwire a Car with a Screw Driver

With your paperwork, as well as your drill in place, it's time to start the hotwire process. You can follow the steps on how to hotwire a car, then drive it straight to the shop to have the key switch replaced!

Here are the steps on how to hotwire a car by drilling the lock pins:

  • Step 1: Take your power drill and firmly place the drill bit in the end. Be certain that it is fastened tightly.
  • Step 2: Place the tip of the drill bit about two-thirds of the way up from the bottom of your ignition spot.
  • Step 3: Drill into the key hole about the length of a key.
  • Step 4: Be certain to take the bit out each time so you will allow the metal shavings to not fall into the key shaft.
  • Step 5: Drill into the key hole a second time, as well as pull out the bit to allows shavings to fall. Lock pin ignitions have more than one section, as well as a spring. You will need to drill more than once. 
  • Step 6: Insert a standard screwdriver into your key shaft, in the same manner you would put in your keys.
  • Step 7: Turn your screwdriver forward, just like turning on the ignition with your keys.

There you have it! All in all, it's easy to learn how to hotwire a car. However, keep in mind that your car will be started by anyone! Meaning if they have the desire to take your car, they can!

How Long Does it Take to Hotwire a Car?

All things considered, it really shouldn't take you more than ten minutes to get your car up and running again. By using the drill and screwdriver method, it shouldn't take much time at all. The majority of your time will be spent getting the metal shavings off the drill bit, as well as drilling into the ignition more than once. 

It will also take some time for your car's key switch to be repaired. Perhaps an hour or more. Not to mention this will probably cost between $150.00 to $250.00. 

How to Hotwire a Car for You at Home!

Let's face it, we've all lost our keys at some point and been stuck! Some of us will call our family members who have our spare key, while others may need to hotwire the car because they have no other option. Just be certain you can PROVE THAT IT IS YOUR VEHICLE before you start the hotwiring process. 

All in all, now that you know how to hotwire a car, you can easily get yourself out of a pinch. Be certain to have all your tools at hand, and drive straight to the repair shop! Now you can get your car moving no matter what!

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Hanna Embry

As a freelance writer, I have been creating content and writing blogs for over a decade. Not only do I love writing about cars, but I also have experience in many other fields. I have been a guest writer on many popular blogs, as well as ghostwritten novels. When I’m not writing, you can find me with my family, reading a book, or working on an art project.