By Mark Frauenfelder at 12:13 pm Tue, Apr 30, 2013
Make a screwdriver car key for that Gone in 60 Seconds feeling.
I like it. But immediately thought about how bad it would be for your ignition over time.
Reading through the article to the end, I see the author realizes this: “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.”
If your car is old enough, that is not a problem. My 1958 Chevy allows me to remove the ignition key in any of the ON, OFF or LOCK positions.
Also, car locks are not tumbler locks but sidebar locks. Read up on them!
My ’68 F250 would do that as well. In fact, as the key teeth wore through the years, occasionally the ignition key would simply fall out of the switch when I hit a bump. I reduced the number of keys on the keychain after that.
My 1962 Buick Skylark had a sweetly innocent ignition setup. If you turned the key all the way back to Lock before removing it, then you couldn’t start the car without the key. But you could just turn the key to Off instead, remove the key, and throw it away. You’d still be able to cycle between Off, On, and Start using just the switch itself.
Quite handy if you lived in a village with no thieves, teenagers, or toddlers.
Just don’t drive to the airport..
You technically could, since this is no longer a screwdriver. You can always check it as well.
However, you’d probably be okay just leaving your key in your glove compartment if it looked like this.
This has “unfortunate encounter with law enforcement” written all over it…
Here’s another tip – don’t carry your change for the NJ toll plazas in one of those little canvas money sacks with a bank logo.
I think you would have been okay if you hadn’t handed out that ink-stained hundred and told them to keep the change.
Is that a screwdriver key in your pocket?
It would be even better for my car since I drive a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor ex-cop car.
Or maybe worse.
A camera repair shop I know of, used to weld a half a 25 cent piece to a miniature screwdriver handle – to use as a battery compartment opener.
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Interesting, although of course you get more torque just with the original coin, and (to me) it’s easier to hold than a miniature screw driver.
I do appreciate hacks for the sake of hacks, though.
Yeah, but you can put more pressure, with your palm, on the battery cap, thus less chance of damaging the cover.
Note: I may have remember what kind of screwdriver handle they used – it’s more likely to have been a regular screwdriver. I heard about it, didn’t see it.
I’m really shocked this is not a theft tool.
I got locked out of my Honda once. After 2 hours of using the window bar thing, the locksmith got out a key and jammed it in and out of the lock. It opened.
I asked my cop brother about that and he said “oh yeah, all the thieves have those things.” Hey called it a “jimmy key”
The idea, I think, is that with enough random force you can push all the tumblers in the right places. Can’t say how it works or if criminals really use them, but I know something like this opened my Honda.
If you have an old enough car a regular screwdriver would probably do :)
I remember being able to unlock and start our family station wagon, a 1967 Plymouth, with a pocket knife blade. But it had 200,000 miles on it.
At 200k I’d be surprised if it could even spread butter anymore.
This is just asking to get justifiably arrested.
For owning a screwdriver or for owning a key?
I think “justifiably” is the wrong word… “understandably” on the other hand…(or if not arrested, at least detained until you could demonstrate ownership of the vehicle).
This is right up there with publicly going through your personal stash of baking powder, which you keep pre-measured in little tiny ziploc bags.
this could be a little more sonic
Made me think of this: http://www.tomsachs.org/item/quarter-screw
On newer cars, it takes a bit more hacking to deal with the RFID in the key. You can still open the car door without the chip, but you can’t start the car.
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