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Key will not go into the ignition of 2009 Passat wagon.

Customer Question

Key will not go into the ignition of 2009 Passat wagon. Steering wheel is locked. Tried my alternate key but it doesn't go in either. Been reading the manual and cannot find the solution there.
JA: Have you applied constant pressure to the steering wheel while turning the key in the ignition?
Customer: Tried that and it doesn't seem to work. Steering wheel column moves about an inch in either direction. Key doesn't go in
JA: Are you fixing your Passat yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: That is all I have tried so far. VW dealer closed today.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Kevin replied 2 months ago.

Hi im kevin can you confirm the key type you have ? Is it the cartridge type key or do you have a normal metal key ?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Expert:  Kevin replied 2 months ago.

Ok do lights turn on ?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
will go check lights in car
Expert:  Kevin replied 2 months ago.

I dont offer phone service im happy to continue online

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ok- I'm at the computer screen and my husband is in the car with his phone if I need to call him. He reports the lights work
Expert:  Kevin replied 2 months ago.

Ok and radio ?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
radio works
Expert:  Kevin replied 2 months ago.

Ok so will the key actually push in at all or does it go in with no response from car ?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
key goes in a little less than half way and then something stops it
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
no response from car
Expert:  Kevin replied 2 months ago.

Ok first disconnect battery for 20 mins and retry .its likely the cartridge has failed

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
battery reconnected and it doesn't worked. We also tried alternate cartridge key and that did not work either. Any suggestions?
Expert:  Kevin replied 2 months ago.

I will opt out see if another tech has any ideas its likely that the cartridge that key goes into has failed

Expert:  Wolfgang replied 2 months ago.

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i do need some more information

  • i do need the vin # of the vehicle to see a certain repair was done under warranty
  • when the key is inserted in the car to start any message on the center screen on the dash is shown?
  • when you open the doors do the interior lights come on ?



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