Ignition switch is stuck in the run position

Tiny
BUZZARD7700
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  • 2013 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
  • 5 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 127,000 MILES
I cannot get the key turn but it will start again.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 AT 12:45 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

If I understand correctly, it turns from off, to run to start, but you can't turn it fully off to remove the key. Is that correct? You say you can restart it, so I assume you are able to turn it off.

Since it has a manual transmission, it isn't related to a park interlock. So, it is most likely related to the switch itself and not the lock assembly.

Here are directions for replacing the switch (not the tumbler/lock assembly). You may need to remove the present one and see if something has come apart or is damaged.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle (5C1) L5-2.5L (CBTA)
Ignition/Starter Switch, Removing and Installing
Vehicle Starting and Charging Sensors and Switches - Starting and Charging Ignition Switch Service and Repair Removal and Replacement Steering Column Switch Module Ignition/Starter Switch, Removing and Installing
IGNITION/STARTER SWITCH, REMOVING AND INSTALLING
Ignition/Starter Switch, Removing and Installing

Always follow the instructions regarding disconnecting and connecting the Battery (A). Refer to [Battery, Disconnecting and Connecting ] See: Starting and Charging > Procedures > Battery, Disconnecting and Connecting.

ATTENTION!
Risk of airbag deployment.

The airbag unit could deploy if mishandled.

Follow all safety precautions when working on airbags.

Removing

- Disconnect the Battery (A). Refer to [Battery, Disconnecting and Connecting ] See: Starting and Charging > Procedures > Battery, Disconnecting and Connecting.

- Remove the steering wheel.

- Remove the upper steering column trim panel.

- Remove the lower steering column trim panel.

- Disconnect the connector - 2 - from the Ignition/Starter Switch (D) - 1 -.

Pic 1

- Release the Ignition/Starter Switch (D) with a small screwdriver - arrows -.

- Remove the Ignition/Starter Switch (D) - 1 - from the steering lock housing.

Installing

- Install the Ignition/Starter Switch (D) in the steering lock housing until it clicks into place.

- Insert the ignition key into the lock cylinder and turn the key to the "Run" position.

Lock Cylinder Key Positions

pic 2

1. "Off" Position

2. "Run" Position

3. "Start" Position

- Connect the Battery (A). Refer to [Battery, Disconnecting and Connecting ] See: Starting and Charging > Procedures > Battery, Disconnecting and Connecting.

Further installation is done in reverse order of removal.

Ignition/Starter Switch (D), Checking. Refer to [Ignition/Starter Switch, Checking ] See: Ignition Switch > Component Tests and General Diagnostics > Ignition/Starter Switch, Checking.

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Let me know if this helps. Also, let me know if I misunderstood what you are experiencing. One last thought, make sure none of the ignition fuses are blown.

Take care,
Joe
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Thursday, November 28th, 2019 AT 6:07 PM

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