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Old 09-08-2023, 12:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can you start a Civic with a screwdriver?

At 10:23 some guy shows how to start an old Ford with a screwdriver, Sandro says "The Boys," and Angelina explained the details of how it works.

[random guy] “Do you have an old Ford and no matter how many times you turn it this is all you get?
[host] “I haven't had that issue yet.”
“This my friend’s. It's called the starter solenoid. You want it because you want to make continuity between those two terminals.”
[host] “This is why these are very easy to steal.”
[Sandro] “Sexy. I mean you could do that with any starter solenoid doesn't have to be a Ford, but it's easier on a Ford because the starter solenoid is mounted right in that fender area. That's how they used to steal your cars back in the day. All you do is pop your hood, crack that going and there was no locking in the steering wheel so you'll be out.”
“So, this doesn't work in modern-day cars at all?”
“Oh no no it's a totally different system. Well, you can still start a Civic, you put a screwdriver right there, it'll start.”
How do I start my Civic with a screwdriver?!

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Old 09-08-2023, 02:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When I was on jury duty I learned that the protocol is to enter by pulling the door window outward and then use any Civic key that has been 'shaved' to start. Find a screwdriver that is similar in size to your key.

For months, after the Metro had been vandalized I routinely started it with a screwdriver. After the tumbler had been extracted.

I also used to routinely start my VW panel van by crawling under and shorting the solenoid. I think it was just to jog it, with the key off. Well obviously.... I'm still alive.
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Old 09-08-2023, 06:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That trick is more or less possible on every starter I've seen. It's easy to get a starter to crank an engine. But there are theft-deterrent features that will keep most modern cars from starting and driving.

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