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Old 09-28-2017, 09:18 AM   #1
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Steering Column Unlock to Dolly Tow

I thought my 2107 GTI didn't have a steering column lock; however, I was wrong . I need to have it unlocked to dolly tow behind my class C RV. I tried leaving the ignition on and ran into various error codes as well as the constant beeping.

Can the column lock be always unlocked via scan tool or by removing a relay or by removing something in the column to effect this? Any help is appreciated

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Old 09-28-2017, 09:39 AM   #2
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im assuming you are towing four down and not with a dolly
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:54 AM   #3
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You'll need the key in...I'm not sure there is a way around that. I would disconnect the battery and reconnect it when you get to your destination. There will be initial error lights that should go out when you drive the car.
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Old 09-29-2017, 09:51 AM   #5
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I should have been clearer. My GTI is a MK VII with the push button start, thus no key. I've already got the dolly as I saw a New Beetle being towed that way, but I don't know the year. If I had a key setup, I could leave in the accessory position to unlock the column (maybe?). Cutting off the pin may be the most efficient solution.

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Old 09-29-2017, 11:17 AM   #6
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best advice from that thread.... "It might have been easier just to add a 12V charge line than to mess with your ignition/steering lock."

I have a manual key so I do not know for sure, but on other manufacturers simply pressing the start/stop button without pressing the brake gets you into what I would call an accessory mode (I know that part works on VW), it also unlocks the wheel. (I do not now if it unlocks the wheel for VW, it does on the two keyless cars I have access to)

If your thinking about cutting off the pin, why not wire in a switch to the solenoid so you can manually operate it in parallel to the standard operation. Yes it will set a code, but clear the codes when you get there, much less invasive that cutting it off IMO.

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You have asked and we've responded. Lots of choices, some will cost money some will have you clearly mess with the components of the car or you can just press the start button leave keys in, crack a window just in case it does lock or vag com that feature out and get rolling...


Whatcha gonna do??
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one other thought I had on this.... you may be able to use transport mode to conserve battery power.
http://www.ross-tech.com/vcds/tour/transport-mode.php

lock doors and use the mechanical key to open the doors when you want access again.
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one other thought I had on this.... you may be able to use transport mode to conserve battery power.
http://www.ross-tech.com/vcds/tour/transport-mode.php

lock doors and use the mechanical key to open the doors when you want access again.
good find!
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2107? i must see this futuristic car!
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2107? i must see this futuristic car!
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2107? i must see this futuristic car!
Could have got the model that hovers and this whole issue would have been avoided
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