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?
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...
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...
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There is a security flap that is supposed to recognize only your car key. Sometimes this flap can get stuck down. The quick fix is to have the dealership get some WD-40 sprayed on it so it wont stick. The more permanant fix (and better fix) is to have the dealership replace your ignition. The ignition is covered under most warrantys.
I know this is a little late, but I just encountered the same problem with a 2005.5 jetta tdi. Went to put key in ignition and encountered a white plastic tumbler(?) blocking the keyhole. Car was parked, tires were straight and steering wheel was locked. Tried moving wheel up, down, left and right and also tried applying a small amount of oil thinking something was just stuck. Did what I could and finally called VW roadside assistance. Local dealer took a look this afternoon and notified me that the ignition switch is faulty and they have to order a new one from Germany which will take 2 weeks to arrive. Plus side, the part and labor will be covered under CPO warranty, but of course, the warranty doesn't cover a rental car for the two weeks this one will be out of commission.
Im not sure what exactly you are asking about. As far as the ignition goes, the coils on those cars are known to crack down the center. Also the ignition module is located on the under side of the coil itself. If you are reffering to the cam position sensor it is the reluctor pickup in the distributor itself.
It sounds like you may need an ignition contact block. It turns everything on. If all the idiot lights come on when you turn the key to on. Then move the key to start the engine. Note the engine can turn over but no ignition power or fuel can be do to the contacts in the block. Take notice if the idiot lights stay on, or turns off when you crank the engine to start. The lights should stay on. The contact block is not an easy fix and can take a few hours. The procedures are found online. Steve