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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Honda Element Door Lock May be Sticky and Not Work Due to Worn Door Lock Tumblers
Honda Element Problem
Average Mileage: 110,906 mi (11,718 mi - 226,700 mi)
Drivers side tumblers failed in door lock 2004 Element After reading same frequent issues this should be a recall
Visitor, 2003 Honda Element, 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.
Visitor, 2004 Honda Element, 83,000 mi
Driver side tumbler broken. I fixed it by myself about 2 hours.
This issue should be a recall.
Visitor, 2003 Honda Element, 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.
Visitor, 2003 Honda Element, 115,000 mi
my key gets stuck. goes in halfway and then nothing. i have been having to enter through passenger side. RECALL PLEASE!!!!
Visitor, 2003 Honda Element, 150,000 mi
No solution yet. I have to enter from the passenger's side.
Visitor, 2007 Honda Element, 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
can not unlock the driver side door with the key
Visitor, 2003 Honda Element
~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.
Visitor, 2004 Honda Element, 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.