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(558) Chrysler Ignition Switch Picked & Zipped


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  1. I have a 1970 Chrysler Newport 4 door custom and it's been sitting in a field for 15 or more years and I don't know how to get the ignition free from its holding spots is there any special tools I'll have to buy in order to do this

  2. i have an 85 ram d150 and a 88 ramcharger that both have that type of lock. both vehicles have over 200k miles so its probably sloppy due to wear and tear

  3. People have found ways around the chip in the key. I remember an article in Car & Driver some time ago about an auto theft task group with (I think) the LAPD.

    they actually caught a guy in the process of stealing a car with an anti theft chip in the key. We was picking the ignition lock and re-programming the computers to IGNORE the anti-theft chip.

  4. I doubt that this particular lock has ever seen service.  Looks to me to be an aftermarket replacement ignition with two brand new keys.  The OEM locks were a bit tighter so they were a lot less prone to "zipping".

  5. I preffer the ball tipped picks for most automotive stuff like this. They have a single and double ball tip. It allows you to rappidly rake with out getting hung up on the back stroke.
    Auto lock technoligy has improved and now with the side cut or sidewinder keys and transponder chips they are difficult to break into or outright steel. 

  6. Nice one bill. I had a 1970 challenger I made a key for, it was stuck on a truck and I had to start it to get it off; 30 seconds with a snap gun! Making the key is more challenging, either remove steering wheel and hope for code or, what I preffer, impression.

  7. The newer one's are easier to pick… I got one from my father's car when it broke and I used a figure eight pick and got it open quick. The newer one's that don't have side bar's and that.

  8. People don't know they are suppose to use the ears on the lock to turn their ignitions and not the key. Some auto makers even stopped putting ears on and went to using large bows on their keys, That didn't last long as keys were breaking due to twisting, having the steering wheel locked or not putting the key in all the way and turning it
    No security pins in those or any car locks.

  9. I am going to head out to the Salvage yard and pick me up a couple of locks to tinker with, as I have a set of picks that include auto style tools in it.

  10. Nice picking!
    But today it's even easier to open a car! With "Keyless-Go" you just need two people with a sender receiver unit for each one, one follows the owener and the other one waits at the car… ,than it's opne and they even don't need a key to start it, so just hit the "Start-Button" and off they go.

    Was that a V8 I was hearing there in the background? ;)

  11. I have 1996 Chevy lumina that I have picked to start a few times. Locking my keys in the same car is why I got into lock picking and carry picks in my wallet.

  12. One of the reasons you should not do this on a real car, is because if you break the lock, their VERY expensive to replace.

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