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Posted: 4/24/2016 4:05:46 PM EDT
Started it by bypassing the key?

I know how to start Honda Accords. Neighbor had his stolen and when it was dropped in a bad neighborhood I had to re-start it and drive it home for him to help them out.
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Link Posted: 4/24/2016 4:07:35 PM EDT
Sure.  Back in the 1960s.  Was easy then.  Just jump across the ignition.


Link Posted: 4/24/2016 4:08:09 PM EDT
Steering lock busted out ?
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 4:08:33 PM EDT
Yes, and for the same reason.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 4:16:20 PM EDT
Yes. I know how to bust the column on older GMs and start with a screwdriver.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 4:27:41 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Dan_Cooper:
Sure.  Back in the 1960s.  Was easy then.  Just jump across the ignition.


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Pretty much this. Up into the 70's and other vehicle types currently on the road can be started like this but....


Now days......it's almost impossible for your "average" person.   You need computer access to the vehicle.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 4:32:36 PM EDT
Yes, my ignition switch got loose and made it impossible to engage the starter, I could turn on the ignition just not start it.



So I ripped out the lead from the shitty aftermarket dome light and touched the starter lead to start it, did that until I had time to replace the ignition switch.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 4:37:43 PM EDT
No, but while on shift.  I went outside and picked the ignition to an officer's patrol car and drove it down the street. That was awesome.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 4:46:59 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By BTccw:



Pretty much this. Up into the 70's and other vehicle types currently on the road can be started like this but....


Now days......it's almost impossible for your "average" person.   You need computer access to the vehicle.
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Originally Posted By BTccw:
Originally Posted By Dan_Cooper:
Sure.  Back in the 1960s.  Was easy then.  Just jump across the ignition.





Pretty much this. Up into the 70's and other vehicle types currently on the road can be started like this but....


Now days......it's almost impossible for your "average" person.   You need computer access to the vehicle.



You can start an 80s blazer this way, as well, I think.

I think you have to, if the under dash starter relay fails open.   And you don't have a replacement relay handy.

If it fails closed, your starter will just run away until the wires melt.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 4:55:10 PM EDT
My first vehicle was a 79 cj7.  I used a screw driver on the starter solenoid a few times
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:05:31 PM EDT
IIRC...for the GM's you used to just break the lock cylinder then use a pliers to move the rod that moved the switch in the column. For the Ford's you pulled down the trim panel on the underside of the column behind steering wheel to access the ignition switch and forced the steering wheel to overcome the column lock pawl. I think I saw this on Saturday morning cartoons between Conjunction Junction and How a Bill becomes a Law.  
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:07:32 PM EDT
hot wired car, no

cats, yes
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Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:10:37 PM EDT
Yes, I broke my key off in my old Land Cruiser's ignition and had to bypass it.
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My first vehicle was a 79 cj7.  I used a screw driver on the starter solenoid a few times
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74 Ford F100, same technique.





 
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:11:11 PM EDT
I know how to on the older cars I owned, but never needed to.

It's sort of like the other piece of automotive trivia from my life - I've never replaced a flat tire on the side of the road. The closest I ever got, was coming out of my hotel room to see my rental car with a flat in the parking lot.
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Originally Posted By Dan_Cooper:
Sure.  Back in the 1960s.  Was easy then.  Just jump across the ignition.


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This. But I have never done it on anything with EFI. I'm sure I could on a 90's car though... Not so sure about some of these new cars.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:19:25 PM EDT
My old Spitfire when I was 15. I was always working on it and when my Dad wasn't around he took the keys so I couldn't start the car and drive it around.


One wire from the positive side of the battery to the positive side of the ignition coil, screwdriver across the starter solenoid. and VROOM! No steering lock so I had fun when the parents left. Neighbors ratted me out however.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:25:42 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By krpind:
I rigged my 69 Camaro up with a toggle switch and a push button when I was in HS because I couldn't afford a new key switch. I still used the key to unlock the steering column, but I moved the electronics to the dash.

So yeah. I kind of hot wired one everyday.
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My buddy did that for his truck (just because). There was a hidden switch under the dash and he broke the steering lock so if you knew where the switch was, you could start it without the key.

He changed that after "someone" parked his truck in the middle of the marching band practice field
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:36:14 PM EDT
Sure
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:36:58 PM EDT
Never a car, but a Peterbilt or four because I forgot to bring a key on a service call.

Shockingly easy.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:39:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/24/2016 5:47:47 PM EDT by Baldmonk]
Grandfathers Dump Truck.

We lost the Key....

ETA:
Dump Truck was amazingly simple..... just 3 wires. We put 2 on a toggle switch and one on a push button switch and never bothered getting a new key.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:40:27 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By phurba:

My buddy did that for his truck (just because). There was a hidden switch under the dash and he broke the steering lock so if you knew where the switch was, you could start it without the key.

He changed that after "someone" parked his truck in the middle of the marching band practice field
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Originally Posted By phurba:
Originally Posted By krpind:
I rigged my 69 Camaro up with a toggle switch and a push button when I was in HS because I couldn't afford a new key switch. I still used the key to unlock the steering column, but I moved the electronics to the dash.

So yeah. I kind of hot wired one everyday.

My buddy did that for his truck (just because). There was a hidden switch under the dash and he broke the steering lock so if you knew where the switch was, you could start it without the key.

He changed that after "someone" parked his truck in the middle of the marching band practice field

Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:40:36 PM EDT
The ignition switch of my old Mk2 Jetta broke when I was in high school, so I just bypassed it instead of replacing it. Just two wires dangling down from the steering column, touch them to start. No key required.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 5:41:31 PM EDT
Yes, many of times. I use to install remote start on a lot of cars, it's easier for me to get past an immobilizer than most. It still takes time.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 6:46:34 PM EDT
Hotwire a late model car and you can start it, but steering it becomes problematic.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 6:48:40 PM EDT
FPNI.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 6:51:18 PM EDT
I worked at a crappy British car restoration shop for a while a lot of the cars didn't have keys we would carry a jumper wire and just jump the battery positive to the coil then use a screwdriver to jump the terminals on the starter

Link Posted: 4/24/2016 9:34:34 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Dagger41:
Steering lock busted out ?
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Yes, and key tumbler. Just a plastic rotating cylinder that made all the key functions.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 9:40:51 PM EDT
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