(VIDEO) How to Hot Wire a Car in Less Than Two Minutes

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Hotwiring a car elicits thoughts of thieves and carjackers who smash the windows in and jam a screwdriver into the ignition switch and are gone before you come out of the gas station with your soda.

In reality, there are a lot of legitimate reasons for having to hotwire a car, the most common among them being that you've lost your keys and are desperate to get on the road. To learn this simple method, check out the video below.

It's important to note that it is nearly impossible to hotwire most modern cars made in the last ten years, as the security systems are being wired into a nearly electronic function.

Another thing to note is that while the bulk of car manufacturers use the wire colors specified in the video, there are some, especially Japanese models, that use different colors for their wiring.

Before cutting anything, check your manual to make note of which wire does what. And it goes without saying that you should never attempt this on any vehicle but your own.

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  1. Jeff Taylor said:

    Exept for the ignition lock and newer cars have a computer chip in the key this is bs. In order to hot wire a car you gota bust out the igntion or break the colom to be able to turn …

  2. Les Gibson said:

    Yeah, I used to do that on my parents 55 Olds to go joy riding. They weren’t to happy once they found out. I don’t think it can be done that easy any more.

  3. Randall Burkhart said:

    I did car alarms for about 10 years……you have to be very knowledgeable to hot wire even an older car….the new stuff it is almost impossible and would take a lot of time even for an expert….