I have a 2001 Audi A6 Quattro Avant. The issue seems to be the ignition switch which as I understand is a common issue.
Car has 117000 miles, all dash lights are stuck on, cannot turn off with the key. car can be jumped at the starter however only runs for approx 30 seconds, seems the vehicle's deterrent system has the car, key whatever locked out.
Can you help me with what the what process is to replace the ignition switch (not the tumbler) successfully
Second, I need to understand how to "unlock" the key/car so the car will run upon replacement of the switch (which I have ordered). I am a skilled mechanic from the past though not of the present, I do have tools though I do not have a scanner/code tool etc.
Can you please let me know in detail what I need to do here? I very much appreciate your help! Dr. Richardson
Do I take the key Fobs to them?
If the car won't run without the immobilizer deactivated, what do I do?
Ok, fair enough... should I not disconnect the battery?
Thus far, the lights/ignition have stayed on running the battery dead several times.
With this info, do you still think the new switch will correct the issue in your professional opinion?
Please accept my apologies for not positioning my question correctly.
My intent was to best understand how I will know if in your professional opinion, you feel the issue is less with the immobilizer active given teh information I've provided or more with the switch I will replace.
I guess Im looking for in your professional opinion if you think I'll yet be faced with having to deal with the immobilizer or do you feel given the info provided the path forward in replacing the switch will enbable the car to run normally?
Yes Sir, It did
Battery has had to be charged several times as the ignition remains "on" cannot be shut off with the key thereby killing the battery.
Ok, this sounds good. I'll let you know how things turn out, should you have any additional info, I'd appreciate teh continued effort.
Thank you for the positive rating. I'll be here if you need anything. Marty
Ok... received the new switch, disassembled, replaced switch... same issue.
I'm able to use a screw driver into the switch itself (removed from key'd housing) and car turns over although, the radio says "SAFE" telling me the car is locked out but...
The issue appears not to be with the switch rather within the key'd housing.
So with the switch in or out, you slide key into lock, turn two notches the stops at the point where you would turn to engage the starter, the key housing/lock doesn't get that far, it stops hard short of the spring action to engage the starter.
so, my question is, is this a safety feature of some sort and if so, how do I disengage, or... is this an issue with the key'd lock itself if so, how do I remove?
Please help, I have the call fully apart and need to resolve before Monday (eeek)
I should also mention, when I attempt to start the car (2001 Audi A6 Avant Quattro) with just the switch and the screw driver, all lights come on fine, I can engage the starter however the car doesn't start and the radio says SAFE.
No SIr, that was information provided me by the previous owner that I cannot count on.
I believe the car is "Locked out" seems to want to start but doesn't.
Trying to reach an Audi Dealer that will talk to me is a chore!
I did remove the ignition housing (Fun) so figured that part out, I have another coming...
Do I need a scan tool to re-enable this car?