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  1. ,,, by the way, my son and his eagle eyes is the one that figured this out! Smart kid!
  2. Well, in case anyone is interested in mysteries and secret sauce, I did figure out why the Meyle part didn't work. It was a manufacturer defect in the part consisting of one of the spades was loose and pushed in about half way making it too short to make contact. So, when I put it in and pushed the wire harness connector onto it, that loose spade pushed away and into the switch thus it could not make electrical contact with its corresponding connector in the harness No secret sauce at all, just a poor job of manufacturing plain and simple (not made in China)!
  3. So, to close the loop... I removed the replacement Meyle switch made in Hamburg, Germany part (it is inscribed with 100 905 000) which I bought at my local autoparts store because I could get it on Sunday. As noted in my post, this part did fix the "Excalibur Key Syndrome" and the car would start just fine but many electrical components were not working (low beams/radio/HVAC). I purchsed the so called "OEM" switch from Pelican Parts (Audi ring symbol; 4A0 905 849B) which looks identical to the broken one (Audi ring symbol; 4A0 905 849) but also looks externally identical to the Meyle one
  4. Thanks for all of the helpful responses. I am sure you all are right but I dissected the original switch (whith Audi logo) and couldn't find any recognizable differences between it and the replacement. I guess there is some "magic" in those OEM parts that other legitimate German parts makers (i.e. Weyle) don't know about? I took out my A/C relay (pain to get to!) and it tested working just fine. Guess I am forced to change out the switch and see if this is an example of OEM parts replacement revenge?
  5. 2003 C4S with approx 46K mi. Out of the blue the key got stuck and I could not remove it. I was able to start the car fine, but also noticed that my A/C, HVAC blower, front headlights were also not working. I replaced the switch with one made in Hamburg Germany that I bought from Advance Autoparts. No problem installing (except for back muscle cramp!). Now ignition works perfectly and key removes and wheel locks normally... HOWEVER, A/C and blower are still dead. I checked all related fuses and they are all fine. I dug out the #4 relay from the secondary relay bank (under the Bose speak
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