Fix for when push to start button acts up

oldenburgd

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Jan 19, 2020
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Alabama
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2012 Jetta Sportwagen
Over 5 years later, this post is still helping! I'm glad I found this post, the video was very clear and helpful.
 

bwill123

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Feb 4, 2020
Location
Oklahoma
TDI
2013 Sportwagen
This works!

Thank you for the video and for sharing your method! I disassembled the ignition button, used a small white eraser on a mechanical pencil to clean the gold contacts and the small blue, metal-flecked pads on the adjoined plastic part. I erased all four sets a couple of times and saw dark residue on the eraser, cleaning the eraser in between by rubbing it on my pant leg (clean paper works too). Reassembled, used several times and it works perfectly.



This was a quick, free fix with only a few tools (mini screwdrivers, mechanical pencil) and fixed a super annoying problem and saved $100+ on a replacement part.
 

seacritter

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Apr 12, 2020
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Kentucky
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2014 Golf TDI and 2014 Jetta Sportwagen TDI
Another thank you...

Thanks for the post. I was having the same problem and this fixed it...
 

FXDL

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Oct 27, 2009
Location
Barrie Ontario Canada
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2015 Jetta TDI with DSG
My 2015 Jetta TDI Comfort Line has the push start bottom on the center console.
Once in awhile it reads on the center dash NO IGNITION and have to hit start bottom again.
I assume the same problem.
Guess I will have to do your fix.
Removing from my center console looks to be a might bit harder for removal compared to steering column.
Thankyou for your fix
 

mikec944

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Sep 27, 2004
Location
Bel Air, MD
TDI
2012 Golf w/Tech
My 2015 Jetta TDI Comfort Line has the push start bottom on the center console.
Once in awhile it reads on the center dash NO IGNITION and have to hit start bottom again.
I assume the same problem.
Guess I will have to do your fix.
Removing from my center console looks to be a might bit harder for removal compared to steering column.
Thankyou for your fix
Unfortunately, I have no experience with removing the center console button. My brother had a Passat with a center console button that I was intending on repairing and documenting when the time came. Sadly, the vehicle was totaled before that.

Please let us know how things go. Good luck and I hope you're able to repair it with ease.
 

epssax

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Mar 26, 2001
Location
Louisville, KY
TDI
2014 JSW, SEL, 74K
6 years later, this youtube video helped me fix my 81K 2014 JSW. My pushbutton start has been 'balky' the last 8K miles. I thought I'd fix it before it left me stranded. I used the plastic eraser that you put on the end of a pencil to clean the gold only. Thanks again everyone!
 

mikec944

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Sep 27, 2004
Location
Bel Air, MD
TDI
2012 Golf w/Tech
So the console buttons are more problematic than the steering column ones?
Just more involved in removing the button. More trim pieces must be removed. I’m sure it isn’t a terrible job, it’s just not as easy as the steering column mounted button.
 

mikec944

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Sep 27, 2004
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Bel Air, MD
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2012 Golf w/Tech
FINALLY! I found my original pictures and fixed the picture links on the original post. Keep those cars running well!
 

TDIintheSkys

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May 10, 2019
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PNW
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2015 GSW SEL & 2014 JSW TDIs
TIP: Be mindful of the orientation of the items as you take them apart. I believe I replaced the translucent pad with the four blue dots incorrectly into the black housing. Put everything back together and car would not start. Went through this video again, replacing it exactly and viola! it worked perfectly. Just like new! Scared the hell out of me. I thought I might have broken it somehow... Great video & thank you!!
 

Beahner

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May 23, 2021
Location
Orlando
TDI
Jetta
Another satisfied driver happy that he finally strung together the right Google search string to find this. I have a new switch ordered multiple times now, keeps getting cancelled due to mfg back order. Now I think I can cancel the latest order myself.

I have a 2016 Jetta, not TDI, but same push button feature. Mine is center console right above the gear shifter.

Anyone else still monitoring this thread with the same set up....I’m struggling to get the bezel with the gear shifter back on right. Car starts now, but I can’t seem to get that whole bezel locked back in right. Any tips would be awesome!
 
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