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Key Stuck in Ignition


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I have a 2001 Boxster. My key is stuck in the ignition. I cannot remove the key. Does anyone have any suggestions alternatives. I'm told by dealer that i need to replace the switch on block housing (ignition lock housing) for $430.

I would not rely on the dealer's word in this instance.

This is a common problem with Boxsters. It is the exception rather than the rule to the entire housing to have to be replaced. 99% of the time it is only the switch itself, and it can be bought from any Audi dealer for less than $30 to $40. It is Audi part # 4A0 905 849 B.

It is an easy DIY, except that you have to be nimble and be able to do contortionist tricks to get into the proper position under the dash.

There is an excellent write up at this link with detailed photos: http://industryfigure.com/berkeley/Porsche...itionswitch.htm

Good Luck!

Regards, Maurice.

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I have an 01 Boxster and had the exact same problem last week...key stuck in ignition and not removable. Solution was as explained above..replace the switch. Its the black electrical gizmo at the tail end of the switch housing. I think I paid $35 for it at the Audi dealer. The top retaining screw is a pain to remove but it is doable with a jewelers screwdriver. Works like new now.

Bob

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