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OK so ive search for hours to diagnose this car. Its a 2000 beetle we got with quite a few rough spots. he's the issue currently:
With battery hooked up, and no key in the ignition, there is headlights on, tail lights and all instrument lights on. When we put the key in and rotate it, there is no resistance and nothing happens, does not turn over. When your under the hood and reconnect battery there is a small mechanical noise coming from the alternator-ish area. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Well, it sounds like yours ignition switch is questionable; I would disassemble the column, to access the electrical portion of the ignition switch. At that point; you can take a screwdriver and turn it, to see if it works or replace it, if it is broken. The switches can break and the wiring to the switch can get hot and melt. At that point, you would need to replace the damage/melted terminal ends, the plug and usually the switch is bad in that case as well. All of these parts can be purchased online or at your local VW dealer. The other issue is the ignition lock (tumbler) and the barrel, which is the link between the lock and the electrical switch. After removing the switch; you can turn the lock and see if the barrel turns; you might need a mechanics mirror, to see this. If the barrel or lock is bad; you can get that through your local VW dealer with your VIN # and that way, they can make the new lock and it will work with your pre-existing ignition key.

Here is a diy; to get to the switch and then, you can check things out.

http://newbeetle.org/forums/technical-how/59181-ignition-switch-replacement-diy.html

Check out the switch, barrel and lock; then we can go from there. Thanks. :)
 
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