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: 99,544 (30,000–200,000)
7 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2008, 2009, 2010
41 people reported this problem
30 people shared problem details
2009 Honda Civic36,000
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!!!
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2003 Honda Civic88,000
door lock problem ,key goes half way in and thats it.sounds like a common problem to me,needs to be a recall.
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.
2004 Honda Civic87,000
Same issue with lock. THis will be second time to replace it. Never had this happen with any other car I owned.
2005 Honda Civic42,253
My Honda Civic Ferio 2005 the drivers door lock has trouble with the key being inserted. Its really stiff and its like im using the wrong key. I have tried the spear key also, which doesn't work either. Both Keys work in boot and passenger's door. I'm the first owner of it in New Zealand, it was shipped in from japan. it's done 42,253 miles (68,000 km) I haven't even had the car for a year. I have to jiggle it a lot and it still doesn't want to go in, but manages to after a bit. The boot and passengers lock lets the key go in fine. It happened last night, I got home and locked from drivers door, with no problems. I left something in the car. When I went and unlocked it, it had some problems going in the key hole. Within 5 mins for it to not work right. I don't see why it doesn't go in the key hole nice and easy anymore and trying to jiggle it around is becoming a pain. If anyone knows what is wrong, please help im open to any advise :) Thank you.
2003 Honda Civic137,000
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 Civic75,000
Same as everyone else, key doesn't work on drivers side.
Takes a couple minutes to unlock driver side door handle. Lock seems to be worn out.
2008 Honda Civic60,000
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
2009 Honda Civic100,000
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.
2003 Honda Civic162,000
It has not been fixed to date
2003 Honda Civic90,000
My 2003 Honda Civic Driver's side door lock seemingly "froze" (though not due to weather so far as I can tell - I live in mild Southern California). I can put the key in but cannot turn it to lock it or unlock it. I had the lock replaced a year ago, and within 6 months, had the same problem all over again - it was fine for the first 5 or so months, but by the 6th month, it became difficult to turn the locking mechanism over to lock or unlock again from the outside (just as before the repair), and now is completely unusable - in the same state as it was pre-repair. What in the world is the problem? This is very frustrating.
2003 Honda Civic130,000
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.
2005 Honda Civic145,500
both drive side and passenger side door locks no longer unlock with a key from the outside.
2009 Honda Civic75,000
I've had two door locks replaced so far. The mechanic (not a dealer) told me the locks were worn out (or at least some of the tumblers) and this is a common problem. Tonight, it is the ignition that has failed. Grrr... This is a manufacturing defect IMHO, and an expensive one.
2004 Honda Civic70,000
Not yet fixed. Key sticks in lock -- won't turn to unlock driver side door.
2010 Honda Civic60,000
Driver side door locks doesn't lock or unlock using key. However passenger door and trunk door opens fine with same key.
Honda dealership. Stated it could cost as low as $68.00 up to$300.00 dollars to fix single mom of two can't afford. To at this time so I can only unlock doors. By going through passengers side. Needs to be recalled this occurred. A few days after buying this vehicle
2003 Honda Civic100,000
On both doors, the lock tumblers no longer make clicking sounds as the key is inserted. The key goes only partially into the doors but works fine in the ignition and in the trunk lock.
2009 Honda Civic82,000
2009 Fit - both keys fail on driver's side door lock - go in halfway, can be fully inserted with some force but lock does not turn. WD-40 and silicon lubricant do not make a difference. I guess the dealer will have to replace the lock..
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