Door Lock May be Not Turn Due to Worn Tumblers on Honda Civic

Worn door locks (tumblers) can cause the lock not to work. Removing the lock and replacing the worn parts (tumblers) is needed to get the lock working again.

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Average mileage: 112,699 (30,000–240,000)
9 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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2009 Honda Civic 36,000 mi,
Driver's side door won't allow the key all the way in and will not turn. Tried WD-40 and also some graphite. I loosened up a bit, but still can't get the key to work. I called the local dealership and they advised using my second key or the valet key. The primary key shows no sign of wear and works fine in the passenger door lock. Should have gone keyless!!!
2010 Honda Civic 60,000 mi,
Driver side door locks doesn't lock or unlock using key. However passenger door and trunk door opens fine with same key.
2009 Honda Civic 100,000 mi,
The drivers side door became difficult to insert the key into about a week ago. I was able to unlock it with a little bit of wiggling of the key. Then the key stopped going into the keyhole at all. I can't unlock it and have to reach over the passenger side to unlock the door on the inside.
2005 Honda Civic 149,500 mi,
Door lock will not turn with key . Can't get the key in the lock..
2003 Honda Civic 88,000 mi,
door lock problem ,key goes half way in and thats it.sounds like a common problem to me,needs to be a recall.
2003 Honda Civic 130,000 mi,
Driver's side door lock sticking -- sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. Key won't go in or will go in but not far enough to unlock door.
2003 Honda Civic 137,000 mi,
Ignition lock failure at about the same time we noticed the door looks were getting bad. Ignition lock replacement was in the $500 range. We ignored the door locks; until now, when some miscreant violated our interior space. Three locks, all going bad; at the same time. Something stinks in Hondaville. Have appt. w/ dealer today.. Hope to file a happier update...
2004 Honda Civic 75,000 mi,
Same as everyone else, key doesn't work on drivers side.
2003 Honda Civic 80,000 mi,
key does not turn in drivers door
Just picked up my 2009 Civic after 3 days in Honda repair -- was having trouble w/key in driver's door - wouldn't always lock/unlock but was able to deal with it. Door lock tumblers have already been replaced once about 2 years ago. Saturday the keys wouldn't work in the ignition. Car had to be towed. Thankfully the problem occurred locally. DX: worn tumblers. $890.00 later - all new locks/tumblers. Hope this is the last time with this problem otherwise could be the last Honda I own...Will be sending letter to Honda with a copy of the invoices for both replacements. It will be interesting to see what they do.
2008 Honda Civic 60,000 mi,
The doors locked me out completely. The keyless entry would not work and neither did trying to manually unlock the door. I had a to get a locksmith to let me in. I've had other problems with the locks in the past. I have an appointment Monday. Hope it works out. There was a class action lawsuit settled last year about defective locks on Honda CRV
2004 Honda Civic 87,000 mi,
Same issue with lock. THis will be second time to replace it. Never had this happen with any other car I owned.
2003 Honda Civic 145,465 mi,
I can only unlock the passenger door but the key doesn't work in the trunk or drivers door. I have a 2003 Honda Civic coupe ex
Takes a couple minutes to unlock driver side door handle. Lock seems to be worn out.
2005 Honda Civic 145,000 mi,
If the second time I have this problem. The first time was 6 months ago and the lock smith make one different key just for the door. Know is the same. I sure this must be part of recall
2004 Honda Civic 172,000 mi,
Same as everyone on the drivers door. Honda should fix these problems before someone gets locked in when in an accident and looses their life.
2004 Honda Civic 85,000 mi,
Key wont open passenger side door and wont go in all the way. Driver side door lock wont turn or un lock except from pulling lock up by hand from inside of car and wont lock unless i pull up on handle
2009 Honda Civic 121,000 mi,
I have a 2009 Honda Civic with manual locks. The key will not go into the lock on the drivers side.
2005 Honda Civic 55,000 mi,
The 3 keys I have will NOT open the drivers door BUT will start the car, open and lock the glove box and the trunk!
2003 Honda Civic 110,000 mi,
I have manual locks and my key will not go in the drivers side lock. I have no problem using the same key to unlock the passenger side and trunk. Called my local dealership and they want $90 for a diagnostic so they can then give me a quote.