Mechanics

HOW DO I GET MY DOOR TO UNLOCK WITHOUT THE KEY OR PUSH BOTTON ON KEY

1998 Volkswagen Jetta • 104,000 miles

My daughter went to unlock my car now the light next to the lock is flashing and the key will not turn in the lock
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Ladywoman
March 31, 2012.



Did you try shaking the steering wheel and turning the ignition key? One direction should be able to move to release the pressure on the steering lock to allow you to turn the key, which would disarm the alarm.

Remove the key and use it to lock and unlock the door if the above fails.

KHLow2008
Mar 31, 2012.
The key cylinder "rod" in the door handle is broken. A common
problem with this model vehicle.

You need to remove the door handle & install a lock cylinder repair
kit (new parts but you swap over the old tumblers).

The tumblers are what "code" the key to the lock and allow the key
to be turned in the cylinder.

If you can not open the door and the passenger side does not have
a cylinder in the handle. And the remote does not work, then you
will have to climb through the back hatch (provided that the hatch
can be opened).

Thomas

Tiny
Exovcds
Mar 31, 2012.
Sorry, I thought it was a golf. Guess you can't get in through the trunk then.

Break the lock cylinder out of the handle, remove the lever from the actuator and use a screwdriver
to turn actuator to the open position.

Thomas

Tiny
Exovcds
Apr 1, 2012.