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Old 04-02-2011, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Spigot View Post
I picked up my '00 A4 last week and was loving every minute of it until my key got stuck in the ignition tonight. I remembered reading about this on the forum, but didn't remember seeing any solution. After a few minutes of dicking around, I figured out what was wrong. Even though my Tip was in Park, it wasn't "really" in Park. The release button was out but not "all the way out". Anyway, I don't know how I got the Tip into this false Park position and I was unable to repeat it when trying. Luckily, I didn't resort to pulling the key out with brute force--was about too.

Just thought I'd share this so if it ever happens to you, you'll know what to do (take it out of Park and put it back in until it catches). Other than this incident the car kicks ***, love it.
I have to say a big THANK YOU!
I had the same problem and did the same "dicking around" trying to put it into gear and then back into park. I then use Google and my problems were over within 2mins flat. I joggled the gear stick in it's park position and the button popped out! I also have to agree it does kick ***!!!!
Cheers. Think audi may need to look at it as it keeps on occurring though
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:09 PM
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I had the same problem in my 1998 A4 two days ago and used the spare key to open/lock the car with the key stuck in ignition until my my daughter sent me this web page. I immediately went to the garage,put the Gear lever in PARK and noticed that the Release button was not fully out preventing to take out the key. I just firmly tapped the the top of the TIP two/three times and the Rlease Button was fully out and I was able to take the key out with a big relief. AUDI should take it seriously and resolve this issue.
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I have to say a big THANK YOU!
I had the same problem and did the same "dicking around" trying to put it into gear and then back into park. I then use Google and my problems were over within 2mins flat. I joggled the gear stick in it's park position and the button popped out! I also have to agree it does kick ***!!!!
Cheers. Think audi may need to look at it as it keeps on occurring though
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:37 AM
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I have a stuck key on my 97 1.8 automatic, non- tip. While towing using a strap the tow vehicle took off too soon and drug the Audi for a second or too. I panicked and yanked the shift lever into neutral and heard a clang in the the tranny. We repaired the engine problem, but the key is stuck, and the starter hangs during starting, so I have to manually return the key to the run position. I'm on the fourth ignition switch, including the recall, so the switch hanging is nothing new. The car starts in Park and Neutral as usual, and the tranny shifts fine. Any ideas?
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