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Old 01-04-2010, 03:03 AM
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When cold??? My wife has issues lately with it being cold (6²F) where when she gets in the car to drive (after letting it run it not) none of those things work for about 10 minutes. It did this once before about 2 years ago, but no signs of it since then until yesterday. Anyone got any ideas into this wierd issue? I assume it's from the cold, but have no idea. Looking to the experts to help a brother out...

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Old 01-04-2010, 03:08 AM
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Sound like you've got an ignition switch gone bad. Happened to me before. The switch is in the steering column and is an easy fix- a good little DIY. The switch is about 45-65 dollars depending where you get it from. The dealer is usually the higher end of the price scale. Fellow orger, Buckbeetle just did this DIY too and his problem is solved.

Give me or Buckbeetle a PM and we'll be glad to help you out
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:13 AM
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the radio works, and other things, just not those. She was just on the phone with me from work 5 minutes ago telling me when she just went to go for a break, they weren't working again. That's 2 times tonight now. I hope you're right about this. Right after doing the Tbelt, and that crappy water pump, I'm done fixing crap on her car... lol
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:41 AM
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It's sounding like it's the ignition switch buddy. Your birghts should work though. You'll have to keep the signal stalk pulled toward you do keep the lights on. I'll get Buckbeetle to chime in on your dilemma as well.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:10 AM
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I guarantee Scarab is right. Mine went out and I had the same symptoms as you... of course mine had to happen the winter semester I had late night classes.
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:27 AM
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Look for an ignition switch on ebay. I got mine for $18 including the shipping. Takes about 30-45 mins to replace. Not really hard to do, just a pain to get to it.

When they go, they do one of two things.

1. They just go. Meaning that the lights, wipers, blower motor, etc. will not work. All the things that require the key to be on to work.

2. You can jiggle the key and the stuff listed above will work. But this is temp. fix only and the ignition switch should still be replaced.

Dealer here wanted $275 to fix. I did it for $18 plus an hour or so of my time.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:17 AM
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Look for an ignition switch on ebay. I got mine for $18 including the shipping. Takes about 30-45 mins to replace. Not really hard to do, just a pain to get to it.

When they go, they do one of two things.

1. They just go. Meaning that the lights, wipers, blower motor, etc. will not work. All the things that require the key to be on to work.

2. You can jiggle the key and the stuff listed above will work. But this is temp. fix only and the ignition switch should still be replaced.

Dealer here wanted $275 to fix. I did it for $18 plus an hour or so of my time.
WOW, $18.00! I didn't know your switch was so cheap. Do you have a link to that? For that price I might get a couple for an emergency, especially that Cup and I go out of town for GTG's.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:59 AM
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WOW, $18.00! I didn't know your switch was so cheap. Do you have a link to that? For that price I might get a couple for an emergency, especially that Cup and I go out of town for GTG's.
you don't want the chinese ones (i think that's what they are for that price).
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:51 PM
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Thanks for the replies and advice. I ordered the ignition switch from blauparts. (28 bux) I appreciate the help...
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yeah ignition switch but be sure to check your wiring harness too just fixed mine its a common problem with vw's
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:56 PM
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you don't want the chinese ones (i think that's what they are for that price).
Thanks for the heads up "J"

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Thanks for the replies and advice. I ordered the ignition switch from blauparts. (28 bux) I appreciate the help...
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yeah ignition switch but be sure to check your wiring harness too just fixed mine its a common problem with vw's
Could you please expound on the wiring harness situation. Reason being is that I've replaced this switch twice. Is there something I need to do with the harness? Thanks
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:05 PM
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Talking 2000 beetle ignition switch

My stepdaughter just bought this beetle and she loves it but was very upset to have the items listed above stopped working. We are going to change the ignition switch and hope it works. I will let you know.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:08 PM
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Default Same problem...new iginition switch fixed it

no recent posts or updates on this one, so I thought I'd add my $.02.

My daughter had all these same symptoms on her way home last night...had to hold the bright lever on the entire way for the headlights to work. I replaced the ignition switch ($40 @ local parts shop...VW wanted $69), and that fixed it.

Thanks!
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:27 AM
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no recent posts or updates on this one, so I thought I'd add my $.02.

My daughter had all these same symptoms on her way home last night...had to hold the bright lever on the entire way for the headlights to work. I replaced the ignition switch ($40 @ local parts shop...VW wanted $69), and that fixed it.

Thanks!
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Your story reminded me of my trip back from the Return to Roswell beetle meet.

I left Dallas, heading back to Jacksonville at bare glimmer of first light, to hopefully make it back to FL before night fall... yep, my ig switch went out too. Anyhoo, got east of Tallahassee when dusk reached it's end. I had to McGyver a coke can to prop the signal stalk, to keep the bright lights on, in order to finish the final 3 hour leg of my trip home. Fortunately, I-10 is pretty much boondocks from Tallahassee to Jacksonville, so there was no trouble from the FHP or the sparse number of cars along the way.

Anyhoo, enough of my jibba jabba... cool that you found a good deal on the ig switch too. The dealerships can rob you blind
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I am running into this EXACT problem now.

Does anyone have a DIY article on how to replace this?

Also, does anyone know which Audi this part will correspond to? I work as a tech in a Honda/Audi dealership and can get Audi parts, I just want to make sure I have the right one.

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Old 05-05-2012, 02:18 PM
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The diy wasn't that hard, there should be a writeup somewhere on here, you just have to remove a lot of paneling to get to it.

As for an Audi part number, I'm not really sure there is one, if there is, the tt since its a mk4 is the closest chassis/electrical wise. But an interesting tidbit, when I was having ignition problems with my 5000, the ignition swith in it was interchangeable with the one in the beetle/mk4 g-j.
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:29 PM
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well through a little research (should have just done that in the first place) I found that the 2002 Audi A4 has the same 1" crown ignition switch.

It's not as cheap as I could find it online, but its raining here today, and I need headlights!

For further reference, here is the Audi part number for the ignition switch : 4B0-905-849

That part number if referenced on a bunch of VW parts pages as also being the part number for the 2002 Beetle (and many others, this was just the one I needed in my case).

Also, just for arguments sake, my price on it was $51.38 for the factory part. You guys may be able to use that number when/if you get the factory part to try to get a price break on it.

I may try to take a bunch of pictures when I do this this afternoon. Not exactly how I planned on spending my Saturday, but at least I get to do it in the shop with all my tools and not in my driveway, and its raining!

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