Question about 2006 Volkswagen GTI
I will answer the obvious questions. Yes it's my car. Yes it's my key. I tried the other key. It is as though it won't fit. Details....car was driven for about an hour....rested for about an hour. Then it went to get in my car (2006 VW GTI) and it was as though I was in the wrong car or something. It is my car which was parked in my garage. Also the steering wheel is in the locked position. The battery works. Radio comes on. Is the a common problem? Seems strange. I'm glad it left me stranded at home and not someplace else.
Just had the issue on my 2006 GTi. I used 3-1 oil and pushed the key in until it stopped. If you look into the ignition, there is a little grey tab. That is the part you need to settle back in. I pushed the key forward and back a couple times until I heard a "click". I looked in and the tab had reseeded. My key then went in. Jerking the steering wheel doesnt help. nor does forcing it the key in. Use lubricant and a method to allow the lubricant to work its way into the grey tab. www.nftuboise.com
Posted on May 06, 2010
I agree, Solution #4 is the way to go. Had the same issue with the ignition locked up in my 05 jetta. that gray/white plastic piece was blocking the key and preventing it to be inserted. With a flathead screwdriver I pressed that plastic piece back, either flattening it or depressing it back into a recessed slot. Now my key goes in and out without a hitch.
Posted on Aug 05, 2010
I had the same problem and have "solved it":
After reading about potential repair cost and lead time scenarios on other websites, and since the car is no longer in warranty, I decided it was worth applying more force since it was likely already broken. With a flashlight & screwdriver, I figured out the blockage in my ignition was due to a plastic guard that was not moving aside sufficiently to allow the key to enter. I finally pushed really hard to actually push the key through this soft plastic guard (thereby breaking it). Now my key goes in fine.
Posted on Jan 02, 2009
I just had the same problem on my 2006 Jetta and tried solutions suggested. I wasn't able to "force" key in nor did turning steering wheel help; I finally decided to spray just a small amount of rust remover (although I knew it wasn't rust) it did however add enough lubricant or removed other type buildup that I was able to insert key.
Posted on Apr 05, 2009
Solution #4 is the answer thanks dude you saved me a few hundred
Posted on May 30, 2010
Hey guys, I just had this problem happen yesterday, and then again today. It's the same deal with the plastic tab. What I ended up doing was using a razor knife. The blade is the triangle end type, not the flatblade. I shaved off enough of the plastic to allow the key to be inserted enough to work. Make sure to have some compressed air or Duster to blow the cylinder out.
Posted on Mar 22, 2011
when the steering wheel is locked, simply put the key in the ignition, then turn the wheel and turn the wheel at the same time and it unlocks the key cylinder
Posted on May 03, 2010
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