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2005 VW Jetta ignition/key problem

My 2005 VW Jetta has episodes where it will not let me put my key in the ignition. It's like it is blocked and no amount of force, jiggling back and forth, or beating of fists on the dash will get it to go in! I think it helped to press in the automatic gear shift button while it was in park and I was able to get it back in eventually. Any ideas what could be causing this?

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  • valentines68 Jul 13, 2009

    The dealer said the ignition was falling apart - they even pulled some broken peices out of it - and I had to have it replaced. I was told there was another VW Jetta in there that same day that had to be towed in for the same problem. Fortunately, I didn't have to have mine towed - I just wouldn't take my key out of the ignition for the week it took to get the part in from Germany! No warranty left for me unfortunately so it cost my just over $300 for parts and labor!

  • lovefemi
    lovefemi Oct 22, 2012

    I experience the same ignition lock on my VW 2006 model and I think all VW service centers are ********, they told me nothing can be done unless I towed the car to their workshop, only on a trial of jsut a VW expert (non dealer). He added lubricant (engine oil) to the key and it goes inside the ignition with little force. We started the car and drove to his workshop for fixing, it cost me about $46.. By Femtouch (NGN)

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I just had this problem as well... thank god I had a handy AAA guy to my rescue, who used a flat head screwdriver in the ignition to get it to turn a bit, which caused the white lock I could see (that holds the key in while driving) to release... and then I could insert the key... Though I notice this is now becoming a reoccuring issue... so I think the ignition needs replacing...

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  • JK19 Dec 10, 2010

    If it is an automatic make sure that it is fully in "Park" and this will then allow the white plastic tongue to be retracted. I had the no key isnertion problem, and removed the gera shift leather cover to check that it was fully in PARK and it wasn't by about 1mm. Once it was the key went in just fine.

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This happened to me with my 2005 Jetta also, except I couldn'y put the key back in at all. I had to have it towed to VW. They said tumbler where the key goes collapsed and had to be replaced. Hope yours is under warrenty...

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

  • monipyle Jun 08, 2011

    This has happened to both of my kids Jettas. Obviously there is a problem with the part as I have never experienced it in any other car I have owned in my life and I'm 55!

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