Alarm/ignition switch issues

P Cole pcolegrps at
Fri Dec 22 01:09:45 EST 2006

Got a little electrical issue I wonder if anyone else has seen?

Problem: I recently had the ignition switch ( including the entire mechanical mechanism
and lock cylinder) replaced. At 335K miles it was all worn out. 
The switch broke, the steering lock interconnect shaft broke and the lock cyl was really
fubar too. ( the switch was stuck ON and the activating shafts were all broken/jammed)

After a local shop ( it's cold here in Minn and the garage is full of other projects) replaced everything
-dealership supplied the steering lock assembly with new ignition switch, lock cyl was from
Long story short- the alarm now ARMS ( alarm makes a short bleep) when you REMOVE the 
key from the ignition!. It doesn't arm when you lock the doors.

The alarm was working perfectly BEFORE the repair. I've searched the Bently ( current tracks
and manual) trying to see where the key removal activation signal is and which connectors it's in.
( it must be there it also runs into the interior lamp control box) .
Does anyone know where that "switch" contact is?
Has anyone ever had this problem?
I'm wondering if the Audi folks supplied a bad part or is it the lock cyl?

BTW- there is NO way to "swap" the old lock key plates into the new ignition lock- I'll have to rekey 
the doors, truck and other locks come spring, until then it's like a old Cheby-
1 key for the doors another for the ignition.

I've had my share of electrical gremlins in other Audi's but until now this car has been error free.

Also now that the IC has been removed the dreaded dual turn signal with lights on problem has
appeared. I know the "fix" has been documented does anyone have a good picture of exactly
which traces in the circuit board need repair?

Thanks and Happy Holidays to all.

Paul R. Cole:
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'91 CQ Indigo Mettalic Blue, 143k miles- daily driver
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