How to Hotwire a Car (pre 1999)

This is for informational purposes only. Hotwiring a car is dangerous and there is a substantial risk of electrical shock.

Items Needed
-Wire cutters and strippers
-Flathead screwdriver
-Phillips head screwdriver
-Insulated gloves

An insulator is a material that partially or completely blocks the flow of electricity and heat. Plastic, rubber, leather, glass, and ceramic are good insulating materials.

1. Hammer the flathead screwdriver into the ignition and turn it like you would a regular key. If you need help turning it, use the pliers to turn the screwdriver. (On some cars, this act alone will start the car.)

2. Remove the screws and panels above and below the steering column. Once the panels are removed you will see several wires underneath the steering column.

3. Locate the two red wires. These provide power to the vehicle.

4. Put on insulated gloves. Cut both red power wires and strip the ends. Then twist the two red wires together.

5. Locate the brown wires. Some cars have only one brown wire and others have two. These wires connect to the starter.

6. Cut both brown wires. Strip the ends. Then touch the two wires together to start the car. Once the car is started do not let the wires touch again, keep them separated. Do not let the ends touch you or you will get shocked. If the car has only one brown wire, then touch the brown wire to the red power wires to start the car.

7. If the steering wheel is not already unlocked, jam the flathead screwdriver in between the top of the steering column and top of the steering wheel and break the lock.

8. To turn the car off when done driving, simply separate the two red power wires.

Remember, hotwiring is dangerous and you could get electrocuted.


• You can break a car window with a hard tool at the corner.
• The handle on the inside is used to brace yourself to kick out the window, at the corner again.
• You can use ceramic (like a broken spark plug) to break a window easily also.

To see more, watch this video on YouTube:

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