Ignition switch and lock-repair and replace help needed (x-posted)

Schaible, David David.Schaible at jrspharma.com
Mon Oct 25 09:16:00 EDT 2004

In all my time as a repo man I never had the chance to steal an
audi.....but many autos you can remove the lock cylinder with a slide
hammer, of course you will need a new cylinder.

David Schaible

JRS Pharma LP
2981 Rte 22
Patterson, NY 12563

-----Original Message-----
From: Beer, Jerald S. [mailto:jbeer at boosecasey.com] 
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 2:18 PM
To: 200q20v at audifans.com
Cc: quattro at audifans.com
Subject: Ignition switch and lock-repair and replace help needed

OK guys, it seems every time the wife drives the Q wagon, something goes
wrong (I know, but it is still cheaper to fix the car than the
alternative!LOL). The paddle that engages the electrical portion of the
ignition switch broke off. Mechanic says whole switch needs to be
replaced. Minor PITA, but not a big deal. Problem is the switch includes
the interlock to the steering column. In theory, drop the steering
column, swing down the part that is engaged into the steering column,
remove broken part and replace. Except he says there is a big beefy
piece of metal under the steering column running the length of the dash
that prevents it. He has spent a day looking at it, and I dropped off
Mr. Bentley this morning. The only way he sees right now (excluding
hacking out a piece of the underdash metal support) is to disassemble
the dash to remove the lower support. He thinks there has to be a better
way, even allowing for Audi idiosyncrasies!  Is there something he is
missing, or is there a trick to replacing the ignition switch and the
steering interlock?  Thx
gsfent at bellsouth.net
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