If your key won't turn, you can move the steering wheel back and forth until it does or try to hold the steering wheel to the left or right while turning the key. This happened with my car when I parked with my wheels turned in. Now I make sure the steering wheel and my wheels are straight when I park.
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You will have to remove the lock and then make sure the steering wheel lock is permanently disengaged before putting the column back together without the lock cylinder. While you are there, you can also remove the ignition switch and reconnect it external to the column so you can use it. Here is the procedure: Except 240 Series
See Figures 1 and 2
Before working the steering system, read the SRS service precautions in Chassis Electrical .
Place the front wheels in straight-ahead position.
Disconnect the negative battery cable AND TAPE the cable end.
Remove the air bag assembly.
Remove the steering wheel.
Remove the contact reel assembly.
Remove the combination switch.
Remove the steering column rake adjustment lever using a 0.12 in. (3mm) hex wrench.
Remove the parking plate around the steering tube (4 screws).
Disconnect the ignition lock connector.
Turn the ignition switch to position I .
Take a 0.079 inch (2mm) drift and press down the tumblers in the cylinder.
Remove the lock assembly.
Install the steering lock assembly.
Turn the ignition switch to position I and press down the tumblers with a suitable drift
Install the lock assembly.
Install the combination switch assembly.
Install the contact reel.
Install the steering wheel.
Install the air bag assembly.
When connecting the battery, make sure that no one is in the vehicle in case of an SRS malfunction causing accidental air bag deployment.
Reconnect the negative battery cable.
Check the vehicle operation and SRS system for fault codes.
If the steering wheel is under great tension, this can cause the key to be unable to unlock the steering column or turn in the cylinder. Try pulling the wheel first to the right while turning the key, and if that fails, then the left. Often this will release the tension and allow the key to turn and the column to unlock.
Some of these cars had a button under the steering column that you could push to release the locked wheel. Feel under the steering wheel and column going from the end of the wheel towards the dash and see if there is button on the underside that you can push. Good luck.
1990-94 Cabriolet,1990-93 Fox, 1990-92 Golf and Jetta
Fig. Lock cylinder drill point.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the steering wheel, then remove the steering column covers.
Remove the turn signal and wiper switches.
Disconnect the ignition switch wiring.
On some models, the hole in the lock body for removing the ignition lock cylinder was not drilled by Volkswagen. To make the hole, use the following measurements in conjunction with the illustrations. Drill the hole where "a" and "b" intersect on the lock body. The hole should be drilled 0.19 inch (3mm) deep
Remove the lock cylinder by pushing a small drill bit or piece of wire into the hole and pulling the cylinder out. It might be easier to insert the ignition key, turn it to the right a little and pull on it.
Insert the lock cylinder into the housing with the key in the cylinder.
While gently turning the key side-to-side, press the cylinder in to the stop. It should click into place.
Temporarily fit the steering wheel onto the splines, then make sure the column locks and unlocks smoothly.
Install the switches, column covers, wiring and the steering wheel.
Connect the battery cable.
1995-99 Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Center the steering wheel.
Remove the air bag.
Remove the steering column switches.
If the vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission, detach the shift lock cable from the lock cylinder housing.
Remove the adapter sleeve from the steering column.
Remove the spring and horn contact ring from the steering column assembly.
Detach the sheer bolt.
Insert the ignition key and unlock the cylinder, then detach the wiring connectors.
Once all wiring has been detached, slide the housing off the steering column.
Mark and drill the lock cylinder as shown and described in the above procedure.
Compress the stop spring and pull the lock cylinder out of the steering column housing.
Put the new lock cylinder into the steering lock housing.
Insert the key into the lock cylinder.
While you gently turn the key, insert the lock cylinder fully into the housing.
The rest of the installation procedure is the reverse of removal.
Always use a new shear pin when installing the lock cylinder.
the key doesnt lock or unlock the steering --when u turn the key toward on it will unlock steering the ignition cylinder has a tab that releases the steering so when turned off the steering will lock not when u remove or put in the key the key will allow the cylinder to turn
Well, if your wheels are turned to one side it may just be that you have to put a lot of pressure on the steering wheel, which in turn puts a lot of pressure on the ignition lock, making it seem like your steering column is locked. You will have to take the pressure off of the ign lock so you can turn the key. I am talking about some serious pressure. Ask someone you know that is a "bigger person" to turn the wheel while you turn the key from the passengers side.
All you need to do is turn your steering wheel to the left all the way till it stops then put your key in while still holding the steering wheel to the left, turn the key to the on position this should release your steering wheel!
The immobilizer does not "lock" the ignition, it does not energize the fuel injection relay. What you have is a "locked" steering column. Put the key in the ignition, and pull/turn the steering wheel HARD left or right, whilst turning the key to on or start. Do BOTH at the same time.The action of you pulling on the steering wheel will unlock the steering column.