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Passat - key won't turn in ignition and steering wheel seems to be locked. Indicators flash on dashboard when key is inserted.

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  • andrewmcfarl Jun 27, 2009

    I've tried that but that doesn't seem to help. Any idea what the flashing indicators mean? An error diagnostic code of some sort?

  • andrewmcfarl Jun 27, 2009

    can you explain how to run diagnostics?

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Your immobiliser is playing up, Easiest way would be tio run diagnostics, so you could find out what exactly causes imobiliser's malfunction.

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Try turning the wheel while turning the key

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How to remove the steering wheel for replacement


SIR DISABLE:
DRIVER SIDE
Many service procedures require the air bag system to be disabled to prevent accidental deployment. The air bag system can maintain sufficient voltage to cause deployment for up to 2 minutes after the ignition switch is turned off, the battery ground cable is disconnected or the DERM fuse is removed. If the inflator module is disconnected from the deployment loop by the following procedure, service can begin immediately without waiting for the 2 minute time period to elapse.
  1. Turn steering wheel so that vehicle wheels are pointed straight ahead.
  2. Turn ignition switch to Lock position and remove key.
  3. Remove air bag fuse from fuse block.
  4. Remove steering column filler panel.
  5. Remove Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and disconnect yellow two-way connector at base of steering column, Fig. 1.
PASSENGER SIDE
  1. Remove air bag fuse from fuse block.
SIR ENABLE:
Driver Side
  1. Turn ignition switch to LOCK and remove key.
  2. Connect yellow two-way connector and install connector position assurance (CPA).
  3. Install steering column filler panel.
  4. Insert air bag fuse into fuse block.
  5. Turn ignition switch to RUN and verify that the air bag warning lamp flashes seven times then turns off.
Passenger Side
  1. Turn ignition switch to LOCK and remove key.
  2. Insert air bag fuse into fuse block.
  3. Turn ignition switch to RUN and verify that the air bag warning lamp flashes seven times then turns off.

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I have a 1996 vw passat glx sedan and it seems as though the steering wheel is locked it won't turn at all the key won't turn in the ignition and it seems like the gears have locked too it won't let me...


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Removal

Disconnect the negative battery cable with the proper size wrench and place away from the battery.
Insert the key into the ignition lock cylinder and turn the key to the run position.
Remove the steering column cover on a tilt steering wheel model by pressing the upper and lower section of the cover together and pulling free from the mounting plate. Remove the steering column covers on a non tilt steering wheel model by using a Philips screwdriver and unscrewing the mounting screws.
Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition switch by lifting up on the release tab and pulling.
Press the ignition switch actuator pin by pushing a small screw driver into the key lock cylinder, while doing this pull the ignition switch out of the ignition switch housing.

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Insert the new key into the new ignition switch and turn the key to the run position. Insert the new ignition switch into the ignition switch housing. Wiggle the switch back and forth until the actuator pin mounting hole is aligned and falls into place.
Install the electrical connector back into the connector housing by pressing it in with your hands.
Place the steering column covers back onto the non tilt steering wheel and insert mounting screws. Tighten screws using a Philips screwdriver. Place the steering column covers over the tilt steering wheel and press the upper and lower portion together to snap covers back into the mounting plate.
Pull on the ignition key to ensure switch is locked into place. Turn key to the "off" position and remove the key. Insert the key and start the vehicle.

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The switch on Your Jimmy is mounted atop the steering column assembly, hiding under the dashboard. You must lower the column to reach it. If you have the replacement ignition switch with You or want to remove it first to make sure you are buying the correct one, follow these steps to remove and install it.
  1. Set the ignition key to the off position.
  2. Detach the negative battery cable using a wrench.
  3. Remove the steering wheel column lower trim panel using a Phillips screwdriver.
  4. Detach the steering column from the under dashboard frame using a wrench or ratchet and socket. Support the steering column to keep it from falling.
  5. Locate the ignition switch on top of the steering column. The switch is a small rectangular box connected to the lock cylinder---where you insert the ignition key---through an actuating rod.
  6. Unfasten the two ignition-switch mounting bolts using a wrench or ratchet and socket.
  7. Slide the ignition switch off the actuating rod and remove it from the steering column.
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  8. Make sure the new ignition switch is in the off position. Some aftermarket switches will have a pin on the switch slider, close to the base of the switch, to lock it in the off position to ensure proper installment. Verify whether your new switch has this pin.
  9. Slide the new ignition switch into the actuating rod, making sure not to push the slider inside the switch.
  10. Set the new ignition switch in place on top of the steering column, and start the two mounting bolts by hand. Then tighten the mounting bolts using the wrench or ratchet and socket.
  11. Remove the pin (if the new switch came equipped with it) from the switch slider by hand or with pair of needle-nosed pliers.
  12. Insert the key into the ignition lock cylinder; turn the key to make sure the rod is actuating the new ignition switch. Then turn the key back to the off position.
  13. Set the steering column in position against the dashboard frame, and start the mounting bolts by hand. Then tighten the mounting bolts using the wrench or ratchet and socket.
  14. Install the steering wheel column lower trim panel using the Phillips screwdriver.
  15. Attach the negative battery cable using the wrench.
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