1996 Audi A4 ignition switch/transmission interlock

Tiny
DAVEDARBY
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  • 1996 AUDI A4
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,000 MILES
The shift lever will not move into reverse or park and the key is stuck in the ignition switch, what is the easiest way to get it into park and remove the key?
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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 2:58 AM

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Tiny
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Hi davedarby,

Thank you for the donation.

The interlock system seems to be the cause. Check if the brake lights are working. (Fuse #13 (10A))

Look for slots or button on the gear shift panel, it can be used for manually getting into park.
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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 5:18 AM
Tiny
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Ok great I will ck that fuse

the button on the side of the shift lever is frozen, wont depress at all, btw

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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 2:31 PM
Tiny
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Hi davedarby,

If the button is frozen, you might have a situation here. Something might have broken and is obstructing the lever/button/interlock solenoid.

You would need to remove the console to get at it.
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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 3:35 PM
Tiny
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Ok so the interlock works with a solenoid off fuse 13?

What does the button on the side of the shift lever do?

Activate the solenoid?

Thanks DD
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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 3:41 PM
Tiny
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Hi davedarby,

No, the solenoid works of Fuse #231. Fuse #13 = brake switch. When you depress the brake pedal with ignition switch on, do you hear the interlock solenoid clicking?

The button is for manually bypassing the interlock solenoid.
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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 4:10 PM
Tiny
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Ok I'll try that and get back to you I'm not with the car right now

thanks DD
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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 4:45 PM
Tiny
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Yes I can hear the solenoid clicking when I press on the brake pedal

brake lights are working too
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Saturday, August 2nd, 2008 AT 11:33 AM
Tiny
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So I guess its time to remove the console?/Find out what is broken in there >
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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 AT 12:42 AM
Tiny
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Yes, that is the next thing you need to handle.
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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 AT 10:19 AM
Tiny
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Ok I removed the console and the solenoid operates properly, moving the pin out of the shifter, but the shifter still will not move past neutral not into reverse or park. What next?

Thanks DD
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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 AT 12:45 PM
Tiny
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Hi I just made another donation but im not sure it went to the right place, as it didnt show up on this page
anyway the shifter will not move am I looking at internal trans problems? God I hope not
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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 AT 1:47 PM
Tiny
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It appears I am on the wrong track, as the owner's manual says the button on the side of the shift lever HAS to be depressed to move into park
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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 AT 4:02 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

So the problem is now solved? Lol.
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Monday, August 4th, 2008 AT 7:09 AM

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