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

Worn door lock tumblers can cause the lock not to work. Removing the lock assembly and replacing the tumblers is needed to fix this problem.

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Average mileage: 111,253 (11,718–226,700)
6 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008
106 people reported this problem
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Drivers side tumblers failed in door lock 2004 Element After reading same frequent issues this should be a recall
2003 Honda Element105,100
Key in driver side will not turn. It gets stuck and will not unlock. I have to insert, remove and re-insert many times in hopes that it will open. There are many times it just won't...and I will have to enter from the passenger side. Please recall.
2004 Honda Element83,000
Driver side tumbler broken. I fixed it by myself about 2 hours. This issue should be a recall.
2003 Honda Element90,000
I've been locking and unlocking the car through the passenegr's side door. Now that lock is developing hte same problem.
2003 Honda Element115,000
my key gets stuck. goes in halfway and then nothing. i have been having to enter through passenger side. RECALL PLEASE!!!!
2003 Honda Element150,000
No solution yet. I have to enter from the passenger's side.
2004 Honda Element92,500
Drivers side door will accept key but it is hard to insert and key can't be turned. I have to crawl through passenger door in order to unlock drivers door. I have to lock drivers side door from passenger seat in order to lock all vehicle doors.
~90000. Driver side door lock was getting difficult to insert key in. Now I can get it in, but won't turn. I tried oiling it and letting it sit for 24 hours but that did not work. Likely a tumbler problem. I could by the individual lock from HOnda for $55, but it would have a separate key and I would have to install it myself. They won't sell tumblers separately. If I had them install it without matching the other locks, it would be ~$275. If I had them install it to match the key for the other locks, it would be around $350-75. Kind of a rip off. I went to a local mechanic and said the job would probably take ~ 2hours for him to work on and he would not be able to match the key like the dealer does. This really should have been a recall.
2007 Honda Element85,000
Tumblers on driver side door and the tail gait are worn. Also today i could get my keys into my ignition but it would not turn, hoping it isn't the tumblers in the ignition as that could be upwards of $800 to fix
can not unlock the driver side door with the key
2004 Honda Element100,000
You put the key in the drivers side door to unlock it and it won't turn. So several attempts are made to unlock until it will finally work but it's getting worse.
2004 Honda Element140,000
Drivers side door lock won't work with key. Has been getting progressively worse over last several months.
2006 Honda Element130,000
Not yet diagnosed, but key will not turn. Drivers side door
2003 Honda Element97,000
Driver side lock doesn't work
2003 Honda Element165,000
Neither one of my doors open! I mentioned this when I was getting my airbags replaced at the dealership and I was advised that this was normal wear and tear! And I would have to repair, I have had a lot of break-ins in my neighborhood and now I have to fix and no longer leave the one door open!!
2006 Honda Element40,000
Purchased the Honda Element new. Driver's door key will not turn the lock at about 40,000 miles or before. Now at 95,000 the passenger door is starting to have this same problem. Never had this problem on any car that I have drove before and had owned for this length of time or greater. This is a Honda issue and should have been recalled. I first thought it was just a "fluke" with my car's driver side door lock, now with the second door and the number of people with the same problem (not including the one's that have not reported or had paid for the repair). Big no no for Honda.
2003 Honda Element83,535
Key would not turn in drivers door, had taken door panel off to get tumbler out. Bought new tumbler. Then took to locksmith to cut tumbler to current key.
2004 Honda Element151,000
Can't unlock car from drivers side.. Lock won't turn, have to go through passenger side, ugh
2004 Honda Element190,000
The drivers side door lock has stopped auto locking.
Key wont turn to unlock. Have to enter from passenger side
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