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: 111,810 (11,718–226,700)
6 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008
100 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
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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.
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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.
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2004 Honda Element83,000
Driver side tumbler broken. I fixed it by myself about 2 hours. This issue should be a recall.
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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!!!!
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2003 Honda Element150,000
No solution yet. I have to enter from the passenger's side.
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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
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can not unlock the driver side door with the key
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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.
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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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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.
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2004 Honda Element140,000
Drivers side door lock won't work with key. Has been getting progressively worse over last several months.
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2005 Honda Element150,898
it stared last year, work most of the time, now today 7-19-20015 do not work at all, have not fix will see if there a recall.
2004 Honda Element190,000
The drivers side door lock has stopped auto locking.
Key wont turn to unlock. Have to enter from passenger side
both locks do not work
Drivers side door tumbler broken. I have to unlock from passenger side.... sucks but I'm not paying a fortune for convenience. Should be a recall...
Drivers side lock cylinder will not function using the key from the outside to lock or unlock. Lock latch on driver door will not lock when pushing the central locking button. PLEASE RECALL
First the key got stuck in drivers side door, then eventually lock would not work at all. Entered through the passenger door, now that sticks and can't get in that door. Only lock that now works is the back hatch. Climbing in through back of car and climbing over sears is not very much fun. If so many people have had the same issue, why hasn't Honda recalled this? Very disappointing.
2004 Honda Element75,000
Drivers side door lock stopped working with key. Door will lock when the interior auto lock button is pushed, and will lock if the key is used in the passenger side door to lock.
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