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Lost key to my 1989 chevy 1500 2wd. need to move it and dont know how to hot wire.what wires do i touch together to do that

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You are still going to need a key to unluck steering column.

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Hotwiring is used inilligal activities but in your case i dont have a problem in showing you how its done.

1.) Remove the part of the dash covering your ignition key assembly
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6.) tape them up

If your wireing is a bit different or you dont have similar color wires then
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5.) once located tie it to the ground.
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