That is an entire system replacement. If you replace the ignition key, you have to change the switch and the doors, and all of your keys.
Try a different key. If the key is the problem it may be damaging the entry in the steering wheel. A new top fob to your key must be factory ordered to match your VIN and your system reprogrammed (about $60).
lithium grease is what we used at the dealership. if its tugging like its hard to pull out you may need to have an entire key system. the hard part is reprogramming the system because a dealership will have to do it.
it kind of stinks that thats one thing the dealership still has control over.
I am assuming that it is the ignition cylinder we are talking about.
If so the cylinder can be replaced. The dealer can order one via VIN that matches your current key. It is a bit involved to have it installed so I would definitely consult your dealership.
I would say around $200-$300 in repairs for the ignition cylinder replacement
BUT let's not get ahead of ourselves.
How about we try another key first? Maybe it's the key itself. If it is, then your problem is replacing the upper key fob and programming it at the dealership. This will have to be ordered and costs $60, as I previously stated.
Not working? Try some lubricant. There are three listed in the replies that are cheap and readily available.
So before we start going crazy, lets not make a mess out of a possible $5 fix, no? If its a 2011 beetle I doubt it needs all the locks changed if its one problematic thing going on.
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