Will not stay running on 1996 Volkswagen Jetta

When you start it starts then shuts off right away but if you start it and hold the key forward it will stay running...any idea what this may be????

by in Pottstown, PA on September 09, 2010
2 answers
ANSWER by , September 09, 2010
Sounds like your ignition switch needs replacement and you can get that estimate here http://repairpal.com/estimator?car_type_id=1870 and find a shop near you here http://repairpal.com/directory?address=19464&car_brand_names=Volkswagen
ANSWER by , October 16, 2010
REMOVE THE STEERING WHEEL CHECK THE BACK OF THE WHEEL , YOU WILL SEE A COPPER RING SET THAT GETS MANGLED OVER TIME , BE SURE EVERYTHING LOOKS RIGHT AND CONTACT TABS ARE NOT BENT. TAKE ALCOHOL SWABS OR CONTACT CLEANER, AND HIT THE INNER MOVING COMPONANTS THAT ARE EXPOSED ( WITH THE WHEEL OFF). TORQUE THE WHEEL BACK ON. IF YOU STILL HAVE PROBLEMS SOMETHING MAY HAVE BROKEN AND THE ASSEMBLY MAY HAVE TO BE REPLACED.....JUNK YARD MAY SAVE YOU A TON OF MONEY...GOOD LUCK!