Volkswagen Thing Ignition Switch
Typical Symptoms of a Faulty Volkswagen Thing Ignition Switch
Your Volkswagen Thing ignition switch might seem like a minor part of your overall machinery, but you won't even be able to drive without it. If starting your vehicle is not as smooth-sailing as it used to be, you might want to check up on your ignition switch. Here are some of the warning signs of an ignition switch that is on the verge of failure:
The most obvious symptom that could point to a bad ignition switch on your Volkswagen thing is a no-start condition. However, a car that won't start can also be caused by the failure of other components. To check that your starting problem is really caused by a faulty ignition switch, try eliminating the other possible reasons for your problem, starting with your car battery. In most cases, a bad ignition switch won't even produce a cranking sound when you try to start your car. Also, if your dashboard's warning lights don' even light up when you turn your key to the 'on' position, you probably have a bad ignition switch.
Malfunctioning car accessories
Since your ignition switch is also responsible for powering up most of your car's accessories, any problems with them can also be attributed to a bad ignition switch. For instance, if your radio or air conditioner randomly dies when you're on the road or if they only function when you try to wiggle your key inside the ignition switch, it might be time for you to get a replacement ignition switch.
Stalling and idling problems
There are also some instances when you won't have much trouble starting up your car, but your vehicle stalls when you try to idle during a red light. In some cases, a bad ignition switch can even cause your vehicle to stall right after you let go of your key. This is usually caused by a damaged connection between your car battery and the ignition switch. Try checking your electrical connections for cuts and other signs of wear. If the wires are in good condition, you probably have a damaged ignition switch.
Other troubleshooting tips
If you need to wiggle your keys excessively to get your car to start and your accessories to function properly, you probably have a damaged lock cylinder on your ignition switch as well.