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: 102,105 (30,000–200,000)
4 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009 more
28 people reported this problem
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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.
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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.
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2004 Honda Civic75,000
Same as everyone else, key doesn't work on drivers side.
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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...
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Takes a couple minutes to unlock driver side door handle. Lock seems to be worn out.
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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.
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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..
2003 Honda Civic160,000
Ignition, door locks have been replaced due to same problem. Trunk key remains the same. I call the car "Three Keys".
Driver side door lock lets the key go in about half way then stops, cant unlock. Passanger side has been wearing down and I had to put the key in a very specific way to get it to unlock. The other day I spent about 10 mins trying to unlock the passanger side lock. About to start looking around to fix it.
2003 Honda Civic185,000
The door locks just gave out one day. They were rough before, but I thought it was because the key I was using was a copy. I'm assuming the issue and will fix it as suggested here.
2003 Honda Civic30,000
Driver's door luck and trunk lock have not worked in years. Used WD40 at first, bought a few extra months but nothing since.
This is the second time this has happened in my 2009 civic
Drivers side door lock will not unlock with original key. Had spare key made at dealers and it works with the new key only.
my driver side door does not unlock with key. i'm not sure if this is the same problem but it sounds similar
2004 Honda Civic130,000
havent gotten it fixed yet, just stopped working yesterday.
2004 Honda Civic90,000
Three of the five timbers have quit working
2004 Honda Civic125,000
Driver's side door lock stopped working at about 80000 miles. Tumbler had to be replaced.
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