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Amarok key doesn't fit ignition barrel

The ignition barrel on my 2012 VW Amarok either fully rotates or turns to ignition position and locks. Jiggling the key in and out, and also using a brand new spare key eventually hits right spot to start. What’s the go?

That’s usually a result of using the wrong key, or of wear of the key or the lock barrel. As your car is relatively new it shouldn’t be wear, but I would suspect that the key is not mating perfectly with the lock barrel. I would approach VW for a solution, perhaps a new lock and keys.

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