Not trying to be Smart,Are you using the correct key? If so,Try turning the steering wheel from side to side while trying to turn the key. Sometimes the internal locking system will be in a bind and keep the ignition switch from turning.
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Replace ignition switch (the tumbler portion) seems like its hanging up, and you shouldn't be able to remove the keys unless the switch is off.The park safety switch possibly. This switch tells the vehicle its in Park. Hope this helps.
Good Morning Thomas:
Sounds like an ignition switch problem. Your key has a chip in it or is supposed to, and your ignition switch has a sensor in it that can recognize the chip. If you do not get a match the theft light will stay on. Not bing able to turn the ignitions switch all the way off sounds like the shifting linkage my be out of alignment or the car is no in park. Some times I try to turn off my engine while I am still in reverse. Usually placing the car in park solves this problem (sorry, I am sure you checked that, but just saying). If you have a spare key with the chip you know like your wife's set try that key and if the problem continues I would spend the money and have the dealer look at it. On the other hand changing out the ignition switch is not that hare if you have the correct key and a punch pin ( a paper clip might work but I be leave in buying the correct tools). With the car in park and the engine off you turn the switch to the run position without engaging the starter then push in that pin and the ignition will come right out. There is probably a plug on it for the sensor. You can then replace it with a new matching ignition and key. But remember the new key will not fit your door.
Best of luck
The ignition switch is the main electrical switch in your car. When a key is placed inside the ignition and turned, it is supposed to start your vehicle's engine. you may encounter problems with the ignition switch. The process of fixing it is the same for all vehicles. If your Honda has an automatic transmission, make sure it is in park. The key will not turn in the ignition otherwise.
put key in ignition. tap back side of key with hamer or screwdriver etc towards the ignition. like youre trying to tap it further into ignition. not extremely hard but hard enough and it will turn. I promise you, it wil turn and start car, no problem. Marc
SOUND LIKE IGNITION SWITCH KEYLOCK CYLINDER BROKEN. IN WHICH YOU CANT GET CAR OUT OF PARK.THE KEY LOCK CYLINDER BY TURNING THE KEY.IT MOVES A GEAR AND RACK ASSEMBLY THAT IN TURN MOVES THE IGNITION SWITCH ACTUATOR ROD AND PLUNGER TO VARIOUS POSITIONS REQUIRED FOR PERFORMING IGNITION SWITCH FUNCTIONS. IF KEYLOCK BROKEN YOU WONT BEABLE TO TURN IGNITION KEY OR GET CAR OUT OF PARK.
your ignition switch may be going bad. suggest this, turn key to off position,wiggle sterring wheel while removing your key. this won't last long though. you can try not stressing the steering by not parking on a hill,or parking the car where the steerings going to be in a [bind] or it may be only a ignition switch going bad,you can try this 1st though,while you're attempting to turn your key on, turn your steering wheel to right and left gently,if this works,your ignition switch is worn.if you continue to park the car in a bind,[on a hill] [up or down] it will get worse. and you will have to replace the ignition switch.
The most likely source of your problem is a worn or damaged key. If you have a spare key try using it to see if the ignition turns any easier. Replacing the key cylinder would be the next likely fix, and it would typicall come with a new key as well. Sounds like the ignition switch is working properly, just that your key isn't turning like it should. Have had similar problems with my daughter's 98 Bettle, but her's was related to the steering wheel locking up when she parked against a curb stop or when her wheel was turned too much in one direction or the other when she turned the car off. If she pulled hard on the steering wheel she was able to overcome the periodic problem.
She also had problems with the "brake light switch" which when it fails will not allow the car to start. Ealier VW Beetles had a recall on this switch, free replacement by the dealers. Not sure what year your Beetle was, or if you had this problem fixed.