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Can you start a car with a screwdriver and not mess up the ignition?

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2011-09-12 14:18:12
2011-09-12 14:18:12

when my dad lost his keys to the van he alwyas used a screwdriver and now that he has his keys back his ignition isn't tore up i mean yeh it has some scratches and stuff on it but that's it, you will still be able to start it once you have the keys again.

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Was it moving and they pressed the brake pedal to STILL the car? How do you KNOW it won't start?


No, the ignition is what starts the car.


Depends on the lock, for instance; to hot wire a car lock you simple take a flat head screwdriver and a hammer. You place the flat head screwdriver in the ignition, hit it with the hammer, and turn the car to start it. Similar methods apply to similar locks ;).



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