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My 2006 passat key wont come out the car is running and we cannot stop it

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If you have an automatic transmission, grab the shifter lever and press the thumb release button three times. This will tell the vehicle to let go of the key.

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SOURCE: key wont come out of ignition car is running

NO!!! you could possibly ruin your alternator, to stop your car from running find the air intake, and cover it with your hand , it will cause the motor to stop. Then remove battery terminal from the Neg. pole. The key should not be able to come out of the switch when car is running. Your shifter as a switch that is activated when the car is put in park or neutral to remove key.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010

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SOURCE: 2006 Ion 2, Key is stuck in the ignition and wont move.

get a new ignition lock cylinder. they usually have simple instructions with them on how to replace

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SOURCE: 2006 Ion 2, Key is stuck in the ignition and wont move.

In my case, out in 29 palms california, I've noticed heat expands the bolt which probably does the same to the tumblers. It would only happen in the afternoons when the steering column was in direct sunlight while I was inside working for hours. Everything would be fine, then when I left and got to home or destination, the bolt would not return home to shut off the car. I saw a suggestion in another website that said if you remove a small access door below the wheel, there is a plunger you can hold and set it back to home, but hello, the bolt and tumblers at this point have expanded from the heat to a position not resettable but a simple plunger, or resetting the cars computer for an electronic release (the initial problem is the cable down there with the plunger does not always send the signal that "I am in park." It thinks its still in Drive, so it won't let it return home.

My suggestion is to get one of those canned air for electronics, flip it upside down and freeze down the bolt, tumblers, and all metal involved in the problem here (you can see most of it once you remove the upper and lower parts of the steering column) and let the metal retract, hopefully letting you move it back to home (careful, dont snap the key). Grease the key with a small amount of motor oil to help (which you should do from time to time anyways with this vehicle).

If you are stuck and can't do that, or afford repairs at this moment, behind the wheel, below the ignition (you will be reaching back mostly behind, and there is a small plastic clip with colored wires that snap into place). Remove this when you want the car to turn "off." Removing this cable and letting it just hang there until you come back later will remove all electrical potential that is normally removed when you turn the key all the way home. It's annoying, and looks like you are hotwiring your car, but its working for me right now until I can fix it. This, is of course, assuming you are like me and the bolt is stuck fully forward, one click back from Start).

Posted on Jul 09, 2010

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