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Honda Element Door Lock May be Sticky and Not Work Due to Worn Door Lock Tumblers

Honda Element Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Average Mileage: 110,409 mi (11,718 mi - 226,700 mi)


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.

  •  Rookie

    Drivers side tumblers failed in door lock 2004 Element After reading same frequent issues this should be a recall

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    I've been locking and unlocking the car through the passenegr's side door. Now that lock is developing hte same problem.

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  • Visitor, , 105,100 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 83,000 mi

    Driver side tumbler broken. I fixed it by myself about 2 hours.
    This issue should be a recall.

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  • Visitor, , 115,000 mi

    my key gets stuck. goes in halfway and then nothing. i have been having to enter through passenger side. RECALL PLEASE!!!!

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    No solution yet. I have to enter from the passenger's side.

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  • Visitor, , 85,000 mi

    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

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  •  Rookie

    can not unlock the driver side door with the key

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  • Visitor, , 92,500 mi

    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.

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  • ~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.

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