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(Some Guy)   Drive it like you stole it: how to hack your car key onto a screwdriver for that "auto theft" look every time you drive   (hahabird.com ) divider line 43
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2013-04-30 02:26:45 PM  
Is it called a hack because they used a hacksaw?
 
2013-04-30 02:27:29 PM  
Good luck trying this on most cars made after 2000.
www.armstrong.co.nz
 
2013-04-30 02:28:00 PM  

meanmutton: Is it called a hack because they used a hacksaw?


I actually searched the article for the word 'hack.'  I was pleased to find 0 results, which means subby is the only tard.
 
2013-04-30 02:29:51 PM  
That is so totally cool man, awesome

Had a friend who went to work with his dash taken apart and got stopped for speeding.  The trooper took him out of the car and handcuffed him while he confirmed ownership.  Even though the registration and license matched it looked stolen.  Don't think this would be a problem.

/is that a screw driver in your pants or are you just trying to look like a car thief
 
2013-04-30 02:32:10 PM  
This article brought to you by the dealers, because they like charging you for new keys and fixing ignitions.
 
2013-04-30 02:32:53 PM  

pastorkius: Good luck trying this on most cars made after 2000.
[www.armstrong.co.nz image 337x263]


Came here for this, leaving happy. My 2003 Toyota Sienna XLE won't start without it.
 
2013-04-30 02:34:07 PM  
I was watching Pimp My Ride and some kid with a beat up old Volkswagen bus had a busted ignition and he had to hotwire it each time he needed to start the car.

This reminds me of that, except without the authenticity of an actual beat up car.
 
2013-04-30 02:37:15 PM  
years ago cars were having problems caused by dangling heavy sets of car keys screwing up the ignition key cylinder. don't know if the electronic keys are less prone to problems.
 
2013-04-30 02:39:00 PM  
I'm replacing the ignition on my car with a fingerprint reader.  As long as someone doesn't lop off my index finger with a rusty pair of pruning shears it should be pretty hard to steal.
 
2013-04-30 02:39:29 PM  
NOTE:  Having this much weight and leverage hanging out of your ignition is not going to be good for it. One bump and your tumblers are toast. It also won't work if you've got a modern car with a chip in the key. Consider yourself warned.

 Don't farking do this.
 
2013-04-30 02:41:45 PM  
Well that was stupid, then again I knew it was going to be stupid before I clicked it and I clicked it anyway so who really is the stupid one? Not it's still the author of TFA.

Not only it's that a really stupid idea at no point in the whole thing was any secret knowledge shared. I mean if somebody had asked me how to do this task before reading the article I pretty much would have given the exact same advice. Well except for the soldering part. I wouldn't use solder.
 
2013-04-30 02:42:52 PM  

pastorkius: Good luck trying this on most cars made after 2000.
[www.armstrong.co.nz image 337x263]


If you use an opaque-plastic-handled screwdriver, you can drill a hole near the business end, put the chip inside and plug the end with some matching Sugru and it'll work.

I have not done this, nor can I think of a reason to, unless one carries a tool set for work and forgets one's key a lot, but I HAVE fixed broken chipkeys with Sugru and gotten fine results. My dad broke his chipkey and wound up putting the chip inside a plastic keychain with some boat glue. Everyone was confused as to how a metal spare-key would work on his newer car and my little brother never did figure out why the key he copied from Dad's would not let him borrow the car.
 
2013-04-30 02:43:00 PM  

Hollie Maea: I'm replacing the ignition on my car with a fingerprint reader.  As long as someone doesn't lop off my index finger with a rusty pair of pruning shears it should be pretty hard to steal.


You can buy fingerprint scanners that require live fingers to be used for not much more money.
 
2013-04-30 02:46:36 PM  
If you really want your car to look stolen why don't you just piss in the back seat?
 
2013-04-30 02:50:00 PM  

Egoy3k: You can buy fingerprint scanners that require live fingers to be used for not much more money.


Thanks!  It's a bit disturbing that there's a market for such things, but still.  At least they won't get my fingers AND my car.
 
2013-04-30 02:50:05 PM  

Hollie Maea: I'm replacing the ignition on my car with a fingerprint reader.  As long as someone doesn't lop off my index finger with a rusty pair of pruning shears it should be pretty hard to steal.


what do you do when you have to bring the car in for service?
 
2013-04-30 02:56:10 PM  

ManateeGag: what do you do when you have to bring the car in for service?


It's a 1970 Opel GT that I am converting to electric, so there won't be any bringing it in for service.  But to address the larger point, my plan for it to also be able to be startable with an encrypted programmable USB fob.
 
2013-04-30 03:06:11 PM  

ManateeGag: Hollie Maea: I'm replacing the ignition on my car with a fingerprint reader.  As long as someone doesn't lop off my index finger with a rusty pair of pruning shears it should be pretty hard to steal.

what do you do when you have to bring the car in for service?


If the mechanic can't get around it, take it to a different shop.
 
2013-04-30 03:06:31 PM  

Hollie Maea: Egoy3k: You can buy fingerprint scanners that require live fingers to be used for not much more money.

Thanks!  It's a bit disturbing that there's a market for such things, but still.  At least they won't get my fingers AND my car.


Not really. It's a pretty obvious flaw in the security of fingerprint scanners. Sort of like how annoying it is to have a disposable bic pen break into your $50 bicycle lock (shakes fist at kryptonite) it would suck to have an expensive high tech security device foiled by a $10 knife.
 
2013-04-30 03:17:21 PM  
That's a lot of work for a semi-humorous novelty.
 
2013-04-30 03:42:47 PM  

Egoy3k: Hollie Maea: Egoy3k: You can buy fingerprint scanners that require live fingers to be used for not much more money.

Thanks!  It's a bit disturbing that there's a market for such things, but still.  At least they won't get my fingers AND my car.

Not really. It's a pretty obvious flaw in the security of fingerprint scanners. Sort of like how annoying it is to have a disposable bic pen break into your $50 bicycle lock (shakes fist at kryptonite) it would suck to have an expensive high tech security device foiled by a $10 knife.


Yeah, that's true.  I probably wouldn't feel that smug though if someone cut off my fingers but were unable to use them to steal my car.  But I have to admit that I would feel better than I would if they cut them off and WERE able to steal my car too.  I would be pretty quick to give up my car to save my fingers, so that's a bit of a flaw in my security system as well.
 
2013-04-30 03:58:07 PM  

Egoy3k: Hollie Maea: Egoy3k: You can buy fingerprint scanners that require live fingers to be used for not much more money.

Thanks!  It's a bit disturbing that there's a market for such things, but still.  At least they won't get my fingers AND my car.

Not really. It's a pretty obvious flaw in the security of fingerprint scanners. Sort of like how annoying it is to have a disposable bic pen break into your $50 bicycle lock (shakes fist at kryptonite) it would suck to have an expensive high tech security device foiled by a $10 knifephotocopy of your fingerprint.


FTFY
 
2013-04-30 04:11:22 PM  
pastorkius:
Good luck trying this on most cars made after 2000.
[fob transponder]


I assume just taping the transponder to the bottom of your steering column would fix the problem.

Well, not the problem of being the kind of hipster twat that would do this, but of the car not starting.
 
2013-04-30 04:14:21 PM  
I assume just taping the transponder to the bottom of your steering column would fix the problem.

Well, not the problem of being the kind of hipster twat that would do this, but of the car not starting.


No, the transponder has to be in a very precise location to work. Mine won't function when the fob is at a right-angle to the key.
 
2013-04-30 04:18:48 PM  
My previous work rig could be started with a regular slotted screwdriver, so I didn't have to do all that work in TFA.  It did become more of a problem as the number of people who were aware of that feature increased.    Actually, it didn't even take a screwdriver.  ANY key that could fit into the slot would work.
 
2013-04-30 04:37:15 PM  

Gough: My previous work rig could be started with a regular slotted screwdriver, so I didn't have to do all that work in TFA.  It did become more of a problem as the number of people who were aware of that feature increased.    Actually, it didn't even take a screwdriver.  ANY key that could fit into the slot would work.


It seems like just about every pickup truck based work place has at least one truck like that.  When I was in high school I worked for the landscaping and grounds department.  One of our trucks could be started just by twisting those helpful handles that are on the ignitions of old domestic pickup trucks.
 
2013-04-30 04:43:08 PM  

pastorkius: Good luck trying this on most cars made after 2000.
[www.armstrong.co.nz image 337x263]


My 2004 has no such technology.

However, my friends 2012 Sonata 2.0t has a cool feature, as long as the key is within XX distance of the dash he can just press the "engine start" button and go. No need to insert and turn the key.
 
2013-04-30 05:12:50 PM  
So you can solder brass to mild steel?
 
2013-04-30 05:48:28 PM  
I think making an old key into a screwdriver would be more beneficial
 
2013-04-30 05:51:51 PM  

Hassan Ben Sobr: So you can solder brass to mild steel?


You have a brass car key? Or a brass screwdriver?
 
2013-04-30 05:56:13 PM  
  With a 1/2" or 5/8" drill bit, you could hollow out the handle and shave some of the weight off the handle.
 
2013-04-30 06:47:44 PM  

untaken_name: Hassan Ben Sobr: So you can solder brass to mild steel?

You have a brass car key? Or a brass screwdriver?


A lot of older cars have keys that are plated brass.
 
2013-04-30 08:03:37 PM  

Gough: My previous work rig could be started with a regular slotted screwdriver, so I didn't have to do all that work in TFA.  It did become more of a problem as the number of people who were aware of that feature increased.    Actually, it didn't even take a screwdriver.  ANY key that could fit into the slot would work.


Sounds like my ex-wife.
 
2013-04-30 08:45:32 PM  

ha-ha-guy: This article brought to you by the dealers, because they like charging you for new keys and fixing ignitions.


You ain't lying dude. Too many dealerships these days depend on customer pay wallet flushes and adjustments to pay the bills. All the while paying peanuts to their techs for warranty work. Thats why I will never work for a stealership.


/got wrenches
//lots of em
 
2013-04-30 09:41:50 PM  
I bet the author has a duct tape wallet.
 
2013-04-30 10:42:48 PM  

Hollie Maea: ManateeGag: what do you do when you have to bring the car in for service?

It's a 1970 Opel GT that I am converting to electric, so there won't be any bringing it in for service.  But to address the larger point, my plan for it to also be able to be startable with an encrypted programmable USB fob.


Ooo, there ya go: a car key that looks like a USB thumb drive. Can even have it extendable and chipped!
 
2013-04-30 10:44:42 PM  

James!: NOTE: Having this much weight and leverage hanging out of your ignition is not going to be good for it. One bump and your tumblers are toast.


c.shld.net
 
2013-04-30 11:08:34 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I was watching Pimp My Ride and some kid with a beat up old Volkswagen bus had a busted ignition and he had to hotwire it each time he needed to start the car.


Pimp "My" Ride
 
2013-05-01 01:04:36 AM  
Next up, fake ignition interlocks to show how much of a drunk you are.
 
2013-05-01 02:54:54 AM  

Hassan Ben Sobr: A lot of older cars have keys that are plated brass.


A lot of older cars have crank handles in the front, too. I think my new car key is metal-colored plastic. It would probably melt if I tried to solder it to anything.
 
2013-05-01 02:55:01 AM  

Hollie Maea: I'm replacing the ignition on my car with a fingerprint reader.  As long as someone doesn't lop off my index finger with a rusty pair of pruning shears it should be pretty hard to steal.


Plus it will increase resale value.
 
2013-05-01 02:55:33 AM  

untaken_name: Hassan Ben Sobr: A lot of older cars have keys that are plated brass.

A lot of older cars have crank handles in the front, too. I think my new car key is metal-colored plastic. It would probably melt if I tried to solder it to anything.


To clarify - "new" in this context is "new to me" - it's a 2001 model.
 
2013-05-02 01:47:41 AM  

Hardy-r-r: I think making an old key into a screwdriver would be more beneficial


If you have one of those really big square-topped keys and a good Dremel, you can make a bottle opener with one. My landlord in college gave me such a look when I returned that key on move-out day, but I included a six-pack with it, so he didn't mind. Happy times.
 
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