Immobilized active light is on, will not stay crank

Immobilized active light is on, will not stay crank Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the fuel supply? And are all the spark plugs working? Yes. Mechanic's Assistant: What is the make/model/year of your car? ...

Immobilized active light is on, will not stay crank Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the fuel supply? And are all the spark plugs working? Yes. Mechanic's Assistant: What is the make/model/year of your car? 2006 Jetta Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Jetta yourself? What have you tried so far? Tried to get it stay cranked

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Welcome to JustAnswer. Thank you for contacting us for assistance with your vehicle. I'm Pete. I will be happy to assist you with your question. May I ask to whom I have the pleasure of speaking with today?

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Hello Andrea. Nice to hear from you today! I'm sorry to hear you are having this problem. I know this can be frustrating. Was anything done to your vehicle recently that may have caused this issue to occur?

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Do you have a second key to try at all to see if it will start and run when using it?

I only have 1 key
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Thank you for your reply and that information as this does help me better understand the situation. Please give me one moment to type out some info for you. I’ll be right back! Thank you for holding Andrea! The immobilizer can become active anytime the computer detects a fault with one of the vehicle's security components. It will prevent the engine from starting. This type of fault is commonly caused by a failed electronic key that has to be replaced. In order to determine for sure that the key itself has to be replaced and to see if anything else has to be replaced what needs to be done is to have a fully compatible scan tool plugged into your vehicle's data port that can read all of the computers in your vehicle to see if any fault codes are stored with this issue. Once this has been done, any codes that come up can then be diagnosed to help pinpoint and repair this issue. This will require the use of a high-end scan tool that can read all of your vehicle's computers. If you do not have a scan tool to check the fault codes yourself a shop or dealer can check the fault codes as well as diagnose the issue for about a 1-hour labor charge ( around $100 ). The cost to repair the problem varies as it depends on which component has failed that requires repair or replacement. If the key has to be replaced a dealer can order one in new for you and program it to your vehicle for around $300. A local locksmith can sometimes obtain the key for you as well and program it for around half the cost. The codes do need to be read out to help determine for sure which component has to be replaced to resolve this issue. Unfortunately, there is no way to get around this issue or bypass it to allow your engine to start and run.

I'm going to hit the unlock button then see if that helps
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In some cases locking and unlocking the doors with the key/remote will allow the security system to disable. If this does not work though, then the codes will need to be read out to help identify if the key or any other security component has to be replaced and programmed to resolve this issue.

It cranked
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Did it start and run?

Its running now. Thank you
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Awesome! Your welcome. Glad I could be of some help! I hope everything works out well for you! If there are any additional questions on this issue that should arise, please feel free to reply and ask! Thank you for choosing Just Answer for your questions. Have a great day!

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