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A4 steering lock does not engage and car won't turn over

Parked car didn't notice steering lock had not engaged. Went back to try to start it - key turned - ignition light comes on. Steering wheel turns with ignition key out of barrel.

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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    steering wheel locked key ignition not turn off

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Hi! I have a 2010 Audi A4. When i get into my car, it immediately starts to beep and asks me to remove key before I have even put the key in. When i do put the key in, I have noticed that it is "loose". The message then changes and says Defective Ignition Lock. I'm assuming I have to change my ignition switch? Any idea how much that will cost? Thanks in advance!

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    2000 audi a4 1.8t Quattro,walked over to the car to notice the ignition was on (all lights were on, on the dash and climate controls etc were alive but the key was still in my pocket and the car was still locked.help

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    No clicking or motor turning over when i try to start car!!! head deck stopped working, lights, trip gauge stopped. fuel and water gauge went passed full and hot marks when i pulled out the key. Makes two different kind of noises when key is in barrel (one normal and other is a weird beeping sound. When ignition is on and i press on the brakes, ignition turns off. All this happened in 1 day when trying to start the car up. someone please help.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    No clicking or motor turning over when i try to start car!!! head deck stopped working, lights, trip gauge stopped. fuel and water gauge went passed full and hot marks when i pulled out the key. Makes two different kind of noises when key is in barrel (one normal and other is a weird beeping sound. When ignition is on and i press on the brakes, ignition turns off. All this happened in 1 day when trying to start the car up. someone please help.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    parked car for the night,went out this morning and the car willnot engage thr starter

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    When 4wd is engaged and the steering wheel is turned, the whole vehicle vibrates, it feels like the 4wd system is out og sync

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The steering locks don't necessarily engage when the key is removed, I always turn the wheel before exiting to engage it. There are several positions that will allow the pin to lock in but if between these, it may seem that it isn't locked.

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