1996 VW, Jetta with auto trans: Car seems to " lock-up", the key wiil not turn. The only way to get the ignition to turn is to physically/aggressivly rock the car back & forth while attempting to turn key
Ignition wont turn on 1996 Volkswagen Jetta
sounds like the shift interlock cable is out of adjustment , It stops you from starting the car without having the car in park, and foot on the brake. You can have someone check that out for you or buy a Haynes or Chilton repair manual for about $20.00 it will tell you how to adjust or replace it, has pictures too for help in locating.
Super, sounds like a winner or at least a good start.